Tuesday, June 10, 2003JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 10, 2003) - For 38 years, Jerry Robertson has dedicated his time and efforts to the betterment of the East Tennessee State University Athletics Department, gaining an enviable reputation as one of the finest athletic trainers in the country. On Tuesday, Robertson announced his retirement effective at the end of June. "Jerry Robertson has been an important part of ETSU athletics for a long time," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "We have discussed the possibilities of his decision for several weeks. He feels this is the right time in his life to step down. I respect his decision and appreciate all he has accomplished. Jerry has spent a very fine career committed to caring for student-athletes and giving them personal counsel. His dedication to athletic training has been a model for many of his students, who have followed his example into the profession. "In addition to the day-to-day involvement in treating injured ETSU players, he has realized his dream of the establishment of the BucSports Athletic Medicine Center as an outpatient clinic also offering quality care to the community. As we improve the operation of this state-of-the-art facility, named for him last summer, it will be an enduring testament to his distinguished career. Jerry is respected by his colleagues and the ETSU community, and we all wish him the best in his retirement." Earning respect from players, coaches and staff alike through his hard work and willingness to act as a trusted advisor to student-athletes, Robertson has been a steadfast supporter of Buccaneer athletics both on and off the field of play. A 1983 inductee into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1997, his peers honored Robertson when he was awarded the National Athletic Trainers' Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Robertson earned his master's degree from Mississippi State, and then joined the ETSU staff as the Buccaneers' first full-time trainer in 1964. A native of Morristown, Robertson is married to the former Jeanne Silvers. The Robertsons have two children, Josh and Jo Lynn.
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