Ronald West Kanoy, M.A.



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Ronald West Kanoy, M.A.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Assistant Professor Emeritus

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Assistant Professor Emeritus of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Ronald West Kanoy (March 8, 1942-), was born in Thomasville, North Carolina, to Janie C. and Charles A. Kanoy. He married Carolyn Ann Tart, daughter of Mildred M. and T. Eugene Tart, on June 5, 1965, in Newton Grove, North Carolina. Carolyn is retired from Appalachian State University, where she was the program coordinator of the Admissions Partnership Program. The Kanoys have three children. Maria DeLane Mcllvene (March 11, 1968-) earned a degree in special education from Appalachian State in 1990. She is married to Eric Mcllvene, and they have one child, Emma Nicole (July 10, 1999-). They reside in Frisco, Texas. Stephen Paul (September 8, 1971-) is also an Appalachian State graduate; he earned his criminal justice degree in 1997. Paul is married to the former Shelby Thomas, and they reside in Durham, North Carolina. Paul is employed by Wachovia Bank, and the couple has a son, Noah Thomas (February 22, 2005- ). Joshua Andrew (February 3, 1980-) earned his MS in Applied Physics in 2006 from Appalachian State University. Joshua is married to the former Amber McGuire, and they reside in Boone, North Carolina. They have three children, Kelsi Victoria (June 10, 1998-) and Ethan Bailey (September 11, 2001-), and Macayla Grace (August 15, 2005-). Kanoy graduated from Pilot High School in Thomasville, North Carolina, in 1960. He attended Appalachian State, where he earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in physical education. Kanoy began his career as an instructor of health, physical education, and recreation at East Carolina College in Greenville, North Carolina. He came to Appalachian State in 1966 as head athletics trainer and as an instructor in health, physical education, and recreation. He served in this capacity until 1973, when he became an assistant professor in his department, a position he held until retirement in 1997. From 1981 to 1985, Kanoy served as assistant athletics director in addition to his duties as head athletic trainer. During his career, he helped establish the curriculum in athletic training, which was approved by the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 1973. At the time of approval, only fifteen other programs in the United States had been approved-none in the Southeast. Kanoy taught courses in the curriculum from 1973 until 1985. During his career, Kanoy was active in several professional, and community organizations. He was a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association and the Society for the Study of Legal Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity. He was chair of the Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science Eric DeGroat Scholarship Committee for several years, and a member of department personnel and departmental search committees at various times. Kanoy's community activity includes his current service as treasurer of the Optimist Club in Boone. During the 2006-2007 Optimist year, Kanoy was district secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina West District. On September 11, 1999, Kanoy was honored to be the first recipient of the Former Athletes Association's Special Service Award. The Ronald (Doc) Kanoy Athletic Training Scholarship was announced on the same date. Kanoy's publications include: • "The Duty to Provide Safe Facilities." Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport 2:1 (Spring 1992). • "The Survey of Selected North Carolina High Schools: Liability of Coaches/Trainers." Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport 3:2 (Fall 1993). (With Ralph G. Hall, Appalachian State University.) • "A Study of Public School Systems' Hiring Practices Relating to the Use of Criminal Background Checks." Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport 5:1 (Spring 1995). (With Ralph G. Hall, Appalachian State University). Kanoy also co-authored, with Ralph G. Hall, a chapter on emergency care in Sport Law for Sport Managers (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1997). Kanoy and his wife now enjoy visits with their grandchildren, traveling, walking/hiking, antiques/collectibles, reading, and gardening. Kanoy also follows with interest the accomplishments of former student trainers, many of whom have remained in the field of athletic training. Sources: Appalachian State University and long association. -Dr. Richard D. Howe

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