Peter M. Koehneke Program Director/Athletic Trainer

Peter M. Koehneke

Phone: (716) 888-2954
E-mail: koehneke@canisius.edu

Pete Koehneke is a professor, and the former department chair, in Sports Medicine, Health, and Human Performance. He is also director of the Athletic Training program. Koehneke earned both his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Indiana State University in the areas of Athletic Training, Health Education, Adapted Physical Education and Physical Education. He also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer and stayed on to become one of the college's full-time assistant athletic trainers.

After leaving Indiana State, Koehneke worked as the head athletic trainer and instructor at Rhode Island College in Providence. In 1978, Koehneke joined the Canisius College faculty and staff by taking the position of head athletic trainer and program director. Over the years, he has risen up the academic ranks to full professor, academic chair, and director of the Athletic Training program.

As one of the athletic trainers at Canisius, Koehneke works with the softball and golf teams. Within the Sports Medicine Department, he teaches several courses including Therapeutic Modalities, Assessment II – Upper Extremity, Practicums, supervises the athletic training internship program, and is an approved clinical instructor, supervising several students. Koehneke is also a National Safety Council first aid and CPR instructor and a clinical educator instructor.

Koehneke has made tremendous contributions to the athletic training profession. He was a CAAHEP commissioner, chair of the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training, site visitor, and reader of candidacy materials. He was also a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee, and the NATA Long Range Strategic Planning Committee and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been a member of the NATA Professional Education Committee and has been active within the United States Olympic Committee serving at the Olympic Festival in St. Louis and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Currently, he serves as a manuscript reviewer for the JAT and six publishers. He has given multiple presentations at the state, regional, and national levels, and has spoken internationally in Japan, Canada and Taiwan. Koehneke was elected to the Board of Certification in 2005. The board oversees 18,000 certified athletic trainers.

For all of these professional activities and more, Koehneke has earned great recognition in athletic training. He has earned several awards including the NATA Education Council Distinguished Educator Award, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, the NYSATA Thomas Sheehan Award, and most recently, Koehneke was inducted into the NATA and NYSATA Halls of Fame. Koehneke was inducted into Canisius' prestigious Digamma Honor Society in 2008.