Paul LaDuke, DAT, LAT, ATC, USAW National Coach
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Dr. LaDuke joins the University of Mary's athletic training faculty with a lifetime of experience. He became a certified athletic trainer in February 1995, shortly after completing a master’s in sport science from the United States Sports Academy. He has various clinical experiences in athletic training, strength and conditioning, weightlifting, and powerlifting. He is currently in his 23rd year as an athletic trainer in the high school setting. He has also had multiple seasons as an athletic trainer for professional basketball, soccer, and ice hockey. Dr. LaDuke served as the strength coach for a high school located in Pennsylvania for 15 years. In 2019, Dr. LaDuke earned a Doctor of Athletic Training degree from A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Science.
Volunteer work has been a feature of Dr. LaDuke's career, serving various state and national associations. In Pennsylvania, he chaired the Public Relations Committee. In Colorado, he chaired the Secondary School Committee. He is also on the Colorado committee working with the Korey Stringer Institute to host the "Team Up For Sports Safety" summit, which seeks to gather key stakeholders from the state athletic association, influential athletic directors, and athletic trainers to improve health care policy at the state level.
The sport of weightlifting has long been an outlet for Dr. LaDuke's competitive nature. He has competed in multiple national and international masters weightlifting championships and coached several individuals at the national championship level. He also enjoys the occasional "super total" events, which combine a weightlifting meet and powerlifting meet into one large weekend event.