Kathy Laquale was Rhode Island College’s first female athletic trainer. She came to the College in 1984 and spent 14 seasons overseeing the health and welfare of RIC’s student-athletes. In addition to the coordination and supervision of preventive and injury care to varsity and club sports, she also served as an advisor to the Athletic Training Club and conducted continuing education courses for high school coaches.
Prior to coming to RIC, she was the first female athletic trainer at Providence College from 1977-84. She began her career as an assistant athletic trainer at Indiana State University in 1976. She has been an athletic trainer at numerous major national events, including the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, the U.S. World Cup Soccer Championships and served on the sports medicine staff at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Laquale is currently an assistant professor at Bridgewater State College where she teaches courses in athletic training and health.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Rhode Island in 1976 where she was a three-sport athlete, competing in field hockey, basketball and track and field. She earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University in 1977 and her doctorate in food science and nutrition from URI in 1994.
She is a member of the North Providence Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the St. Mary’s-Bay View Academy and Indiana State University Hall of Fame. She is nationally certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification.