PAROWAN — Parowan High School’s athletic trainer Ryan Huber recently received the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year award for 2020 from the Utah Athletic Trainer Association (UATA).
Due to COVID-19, UATA officials were not able to present the award at a formal ceremony, so UATA and Intermountain Sports Medicine leaders visited Huber at Parowan High to present the award to him in person, along with his wife, Kylynne.
“Ryan has done so much to grow athletic training in Utah. As one of the only athletic trainers at the 2A level, Ryan has treated and cared for many athletes,” said Melissa Mendini, head athletic trainer for Intermountain Sports Medicine in the Iron County School District.
“He’s directly impacting many schools who do not have access to an athletic trainer, some of which have never even heard of one,” Mendini added. “He is constantly covering games, tournaments, and playoffs as the only athletic trainer or medical professional present—many times caring for athletes that are not his own. He is one of the most caring and personable athletic trainers I have ever met and this adds to his ability to have an impact on many athletes, community members, and school administrators.”
“People in Parowan look to him as an extremely important healthcare resource and appreciate him as an athletic trainer, which is something this rural area hasn’t had access to before. Ryan is a valuable asset to athletic training and to the UATA and absolutely deserves this award!”