The Arizona Athletic Trainer's Association recently announced the selection of Leah Oliver, of Mountain View High School, for the Hall of Fame.
On Feb. 16 at the 36th annual AZATA Winter Symposia, Oliver was presented the highest athletic honor awarded in the state; becoming the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame. She is recognized for her years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the promotion and enhancement of sports health and athletic training.
“It is a tremendous privilege to have nominated Leah Oliver for this award,” said Greg Pott, a member of Arizona Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. “I have known Ms. Oliver over 20 years and believe this honor could not go to a more deserving person. She possesses an exceptional ability to mentor and motivate students to pursue their interests and dreams,” Greg Pott states. “I continue to be impressed with her phenomenal knowledge of and commitment to the field of athletic training and am so pleased that she is the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
About Leah Oliver
Leah Oliver is the Sports Medicine teacher and the Athletic Trainer at Mountain View High School. She has worked at Mountain View High School in the Marana Unified School District since 1989. Ms. Oliver demonstrates the highest level of commitment and dedication to health and well-being. She listens to students and advocates on their behalf, working diligently to discover their interests and incorporating those interests into classroom lessons.
Her expertise has earned a reputation as a phenomenal teacher who truly cares for students, staff and parents. In 2010-11 Oliver was honored with the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association, Athletic Trainer of the Year Service Award and selected as MUSD’s Teacher of the Year. Her programs have resulted in 18 Lanny Williams Arizona Student Athlete Trainers of the Year, as well as multiple former students who have gone on to various medical related fields including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Her sports medicine class and student athletic trainers are the most award-winning in the state.
Oliver is highly involved in and out of the classroom setting. She serves as the department chair for Mountain View’s Career & Technical Education Department and is a member of the Safe Schools Task Force as well as a District representative for teacher evaluation, and curriculum writer for the Joint Technical Education Department (JTED), She also serves as the high school representative for the AZ Athletic Trainer Association. Ms. Oliver works with the Arizona Deaf and Blind School in Tucson to fit football equipment and provides coaching clinics on dehydration and sports related injuries, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for Imago Dei Middle School, a tuition free school for underprivileged students in the Tucson area. Her dedication and passion were instrumental in the District’s procurement of automated external defibrillators and she continues to serve as an American Heart Association instructor working diligently to certify all of her students in CPR and AED use.