Paul Geisler ’87 was a four-year student athletic trainer who worked with the Marietta College football, baseball, basketball and softball teams. He also rowed crew, played on the club lacrosse team, was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and worked as a student tour guide for the Office of Admission. Dr. Geisler is currently a Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at Ithaca (New York) College. Dr. Geisler started his career in the clinical setting in Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and then Orlando, Florida, before moving into academia at Georgia Southern University. He was the National Director for HealthSouth Sports (golf, soccer, tennis and baseball) and was the former owner of SPEC Systems Inc. & the KineticGolf Program. Upon completing his doctorate, he joined Ithaca College in 2005 as the Athletic Training Director and was promoted to Professor in 2018.
Paul is the author of more than 125 books, papers, book chapters, abstracts and professional presentations covering various aspects of sports medicine and health professions education, including delivering professional lectures in Sweden, Canada, China and Ireland. Dr. Geisler serves on the Editorial Board of the Athletic Training Education and Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare journals, and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. He has served on the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Professional Education Committee and currently serves on the NATA’s Executive Committee on Education, as well as the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Research Committee. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Doctoral Program Advisory Board. In 2017, Dr. Geisler received the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award for his accomplishments as a teacher, scholar and professional, and in 2019, he was honored by the National Athletic Trainer's Association with the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for his many years of service and accomplishments. He and his wife, Susan, who have two grown sons living in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, reside in Lansing, New York.