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Mr. David Gish (Deceased)

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Assistant Athletic Trainer 1984-1986.

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9/22/2014 3:11:00 PM
San Marcos, Texas – After a year-long battle with cancer, Texas State head athletic trainer David Gish passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 22, 2014.

Gish was a member of Texas State’s Athletic Training staff for 25 years and was in his 17th year as the head athletics trainer. He oversaw a staff of four full-time assistants and nine graduate assistants.

“We are deeply saddened with the loss of a very dedicated and well-respected member of our staff,” said Texas State athletics director Larry Teis. “Our heart-felt condolences and prayers go out to Karen, Madison, Hayden and the rest of David’s family and friends.”

Gish has been a member of Texas State’s athletics training staff since 1990, serving as the head athletics trainer since 1998. He also was in the second year of a four-year term and first year as president on the Executive Board of the Southwest Athletics Trainers Association.

“Though David’s tenure as President was very short, his impact and legacy to his colleagues, students, Board, and members was tremendous,” said District VI Direct Kathy I. Dieringer. ” He gave us the greatest gift of all, his time.”

Previously, he served as the NCAA Division I FCS representative on the College/University Athletic Training Committee for District VI of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Gish also served as president for the Alamo Area’s Athletics Trainers Association in 1999. He also was involved in the development of the Texas State Athletics Trainers Association in 2000 and elected to represent the group’s Region Eight.

In 2007, he helped develop and write a sports medicine course for high school athletics trainers in the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, and was an instructor for that course.

Gish earned the National Athletics Trainers Association’s Service Award in 2010 for his distinctive and sustained service to the profession.

Last July, Gish received the SWATA’s Eddie Wojecki Award, which is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the organization within the past two years, and was inducted into the Alamo Area’s Athletics Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

Born June 26, 1962, Gish came to Texas State after serving as the athletics trainer at San Marcos High School for four years and as an assistant athletics trainer at UL Lafayette for two years and began his athletic training career at North Mesquite High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at North Texas in 1984 and completed his master’s degree at Texas State in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children, Madison and Hayden.

A service for the celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the San Marcos Embassy Suites and Convention Center and begin at 2:00 p.m.

A scholarship endowment has been created in David Gish’s name to support Athletic Training students. Donations (checks) can be mailed to the Texas State Athletics Department, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, c/o Tracy Shoemake or dropped off in the Casey Athletics Administration Building on campus.

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J. Mike Dawson, athletic trainer 1989-2001, provided the information. Click here for his profile.