Herbert K. Amato received a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from WVU, an M.S. in Education (major: Physical Education, minor: Secondary Education) from James Madison University; and a Doctor of Arts in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Amato served as the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) Director from 1988 – 2006 at James Madison University (JMU). He then switched roles at JMU and is now an Associate Vice Provost. As an administrator, he works closely with Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance at the University Level. As a Professor in the Department of Health Professions, he continues to lecture in the ATEP and teaches a graduate-level course in Leadership for Sport and Recreation Management.
Dr. Amato has been involved in the education of Athletic Training students for over thirty-eight years at the university and high school levels. Prior to JMU, he served as the Head Athletic Trainer and ATEP Director at Mars Hill College, NC and as a Teacher/Athletic Trainer at Northern Durham High School, NC. Through his tenure as an university and a high school instructor, he has taught a wide variety of subjects.
In 1988, he was selected as a member of the Medical Staff for the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. The pre-Olympic tour allowed him to travel with the US Baseball Team throughout the United States, Italy and Japan. He was also on the Medical Staff of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Through his involvement with the USOC, he conducted several workshops in Spain, traveled to Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) as part of the medical staff for the World University Games, and served as a crew chief for Out-of-Competition drug testing.
Dr. Amato has an extensive public speaking and consulting background. He has published several articles/books in the areas of Athletic Training education and clinical practice. He is a co-founder of ACES (Amato-Cole Educational Services). This organization helps prepare Athletic Training students for success on the BOC Examination. In 2003, he received the NATA: Distinguished Educator of the Year Award and in 2012 was inducted into the Virginia Athletic Training Hall of Fame.