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Overseeing the health of the Spartan hockey players is Dave Carrier, who enters his 31st season as the athletic trainer for the Michigan State hockey program. In the summer of 2013, he was promoted to Associate Head Athletic Trainer in the Athletics Department.
In addition to his duties with the Spartans, Carrier was the medical liaison to the CCHA for its on-ice officials medical needs from 2009-13. He is also an educational consultant for Athletic Trainers employed by Occupational Athletics, Inc. Company in Harrisburg, PA.
A certified member of the National Athletics Trainers Association, he came to MSU from Ferris State where he served as assistant coordinator of sports medicine for five years. He received a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from Ferris in 1979 and a master's degree in athletic training from Central Michigan in 1983.
Carrier's long and distinguished career makes him not only one of the longest-tenured, but most respected athletic trainers in college hockey. He was chosen in 2007 to become an Honored Member of the Cambridge Who's Who, which recognizes executives and professionals from around the country. In 2005, Carrier received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the National Athletic Trainers convention and was inducted into the Michigan Athletics Trainers Hall of Fame. The 1992 Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award winner has served as President of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society. In 1990, he served as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Hockey Team at the World Championship in Bern, Switzerland. Carrier spent four weeks working with ski jumpers and nordic track athletes at the 1992 Winter Olympics and in 1988 served as athletic trainer of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. He also worked at U.S. Olympic Festivals in Houston in 1986 and North Carolina in 1987 and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 1985.
He was a 1997 Michigan Athletic Trainers Distinguished Award winner and in 1998 earned the Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association for his dedication and contributions to the profession. Also in 1998, Carrier earned the Research and Education Foundation's inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award and was named an honorary member of the MSU Varsity S Club. Most recently, Carrier, along with MSU colleagues Dr. John Powell and fellow Certified Athletic Trainer Sally Nogle, were honored by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) with its Outstanding Educator Award in the spring of 2012.
Carrier served in the United States Army from 1971-1973. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.
He has served as President of the Duck Lake Country Club on five separate occasions.