Floyd is in his forty-fourth year of providing athletic training services for The
He currently serves as Director
of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine for the
UWA Athletic Training & Sports
Program Director for the CAATE accredited athletic training program,
and as Chair and Distinguished Professor in the
Physical Education and Athletic Training.
Beginning in August 2017 he was also named as
Chair of the newly established
Health Sciences and Human Performance.
A licensed athletic trainer and
emergency medical technician, Dr. Floyd is a certified member of numerous
professional organizations including the
Athletic Trainers Association (NATA),
National Strength and Conditioning
Athletic Equipment Managers Association.
He also retains active membership in the
American College of Sports Medicine, the
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports
Academy of Sports Medicine and
He currently serves as Past President of the
Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation after
serving in various positions on the board since 2002. He
previously represented the
Southeast Athletic Trainers Association
(SEATA) and District IX of the NATA as District Director to the
NATA Board of
Directors from 2004 to 2012.
Floyd served as the Head
Athletic Trainer for the
Blue-Gray All-Star Classic
in his native Montgomery from 1977 through 2001, after spending two years on the annual
event’s athletic training staff. He is a 1974 graduate of Lowndes Academy,
where he worked as an all-sports athletic trainer for four years, before earning
a B.S. and M.A.T. in Physical Education from
in 1980 and 1982, as well as an Ed.D. in Human Performance Studies from the
Floyd was named to the
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and tabbed an "Outstanding Young Men of
America" in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986. He was presented the
Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer
Award by the NATA in 2003 and received the
organization’s Athletic Trainer Service
Award in 1996. He was inducted into the
of Fame in 2013. He received the
District IX Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Athletic
Training by SEATA in 1990 and the
of Merit in 2001 before being inducted into the
SEATA Hall of Fame
In 2004, he was inducted into the
Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
In 2007, he received the
Distinguished Educator Award.
The NATA Foundation recognized him with the
Volunteer Service Award in 2011. He was named to Who’s Who Among
America’s Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2005. In 1996 he was presented the
Award by the University of West Alabama National Alumni Association. In
1997, the UWA Faculty and Board of Trustees recognized Floyd for outstanding
achievement in scholarship, teaching, and leadership by presenting him with a
Loraine McIlwain Bell
Trustee Professorship. In 2012, he was presented the Great Minds
Award by the UWA Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
and the Nellie Rose McCrory Service Excellence Award by UWA.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Society of the Golden Key at UWA and was
selected as the first recipient of the UWA Distinguished Professorship.
Upon completion of its expansion in 2014, the athletic training facility was
named the R.T. Floyd Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Center by the UWA Board
of Trustees. Previously, Floyd served as President of the
UWA Faculty Senate and completed
three terms as President of the
Alabama Council of University Faculty
Presidents. After serving several years on the
Partnership Board of Directors, he became chair in 2013. He
is also author of the textbook, “Manual of Structural
now in its 20th edition
co-author of "Kinesiology
for Manual Therapies."
Floyd is married to the former
Lisa Neville of Butler. They have four children, Robert Thomas, Jeanna,
Rebecca, and Kate.
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