Thomas “TK” Koesterer, PhD, ATC, program director and associate clinical professor of athletic training, enjoys his daily commute on his bicycle. He likes cycling and Stockton’s beautiful weather, but what he is most passionate about is teaching future athletic trainers.
The athletic training profession is moving toward a graduate level requirement. In response, Pacific has established the master of science in athletic training (MSAT) program within the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In June 2017, Dr. Koesterer joined the Pacific faculty to help launch the program.
Dr. Koesterer brings to his role more than 30 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer. He served as an athletic training program director at State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland for five years and at Humboldt State University for 10 years. Prior to being a program director, Dr. Koesterer was the head athletic trainer in the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He earned his bachelor of science in physical education with a concentration in athletic training from SUNY Cortland, his master of science in exercise physiology and athletic training from University of Buffalo and his doctor of philosophy in exercise physiology from University of Florida. Dr. Koesterer currently serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and a regional director for the California Athletic Trainers’ Association.
“I maintain an open-door policy as much as possible. I believe the best opportunity to talk with students is when they have the interest and time.”
He enjoys having conversations with students and athletes about their coursework, career opportunities and life in general. “I maintain an open-door policy as much as possible,” he said. “I believe the best opportunity to talk with students is when they have the interest and time.”
As program director, Dr. Koesterer’s goal is to provide students with extensive hands-on clinical experience to prepare them for careers as certified athletic trainers. He strives to help each student become a confident, highly skilled health care professional who is prepared for the challenges and rewards of working independently as an athletic trainer.
Speaking from experience, he shared that most people are drawn to the profession because of the environment in which they will be working. “They love it,” Dr. Koesterer said. “They love interacting with athletes; being on the sidelines and on the field.”
By Dua Her '09