Kilgore High School athletics has had just about every one of its programs hailed as the best at some point – so why not the athletic trainer, too?
Darrell “Red” Ganus is one of five people named as most distinguished athletic trainer in District VI of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, in Texas and Arkansas (SWATA).
“When they called to tell me I’d won,” Ganus explained, “I asked them if they didn’t have any other (nominees). … Seriously, I didn’t do anything special, out of what I normally do every day, out of what most of us do every day. I’m pretty humbled. I really am.”
Ganus, who is the head athletic trainer for all the athletic programs in Kilgore Independent School District (including cheerleaders and the Hi-Steppers dance team), has been in his position since 1999, and is never, ever out of season – from football, volleyball, fall tennis and cross-country to start the season, through basketball, soccer, spring tennis, golf, baseball, softball, and track and field, Ganus is at it all, and always on call to help.
He often begins and ends each day with treatment of student athletes, and is a constant presence of knowledge in the KHS athletic department.
His children, Courtney and Carly, have both been involved in KHS sports over the years – Courtney now lives in Nashville, Tenn., and Carly is a senior at KHS, and a cheerleader. Red is also supported by his wife, Lisa.
“He’s very, very deserving,” KHS football coach and athletic director Mike Wood said. “Our kids at Kilgore are very fortunate to have someone of Red’s caliber to work with them at this level. He does a great job of not only treating our kids injuries, but making sure our coaches do everything they can to prevent injuries.”
SWATA began its most distinguished athletic trainer award in 2010, according to its website, “developed for the purpose of recognizing a member of District VI whose dedicated service, past achievements and professional contributions have furthered the advancement of the SWATA and the athletic training profession.”
Among the criteria to be considered for the award, candidates must have been an athletic trainer for 15 years, be certified and a member of SWATA in good standing.
The most distinguished awards for 2019 were announced on Wednesday, and in addition to Ganus, other winners in District VI were Brian Farr, Scott Galloway (Fort Worth Brewer), Rob Sandmann (clinical trainer in Fort Worth area), and David Traylor (Keller district).
Farr is the director of the athletic training program at the University of Texas in Austin, in that position since 2002. Galloway is head athletic trainer at Fort Worth Brewer; Sandmann is a clinical athletic trainer at Texas Orthopedic Specialists in Bedford; and Traylor is with Texas Health Sports Medicine in Keller.