Julie Rochester is a tenured Professor of Athletic Training at Northern Michigan University in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. She is the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at NMU, a position she has held since 1998, and serves as the Director of Athletic Training Services for the University. From 1990-1997, Julie worked in the Department of Athletics at NMU as a staff athletic trainer with primary service to football and men’s and women’s basketball.
Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in PE and Athletic Training from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1988. She received her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University in 1995. She completed her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
In 2007, Julie was appointed by the NMU President as the university’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and chair of the NMU Athletic Council. She also serves as a member of the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions and is the current vice-chair. She is as a member of the Management Council and Executive Committee of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Julie was selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representative Fellowship program in Indianapolis, IN, and was then nominated and selected to participate in the NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representatives Advance Leadership Instituted in October 2011. In 2012, she was a member of the steering committee for these leadership institutes.
In December of 2008, Julie was the recipient of the NMU Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the former Secretary of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association – a position she held for 6 years, and she is the former Co-Chair of the MATS (Michigan Athletic Trainers Society) Professional Education Committee. Julie is also a recipient of the MATS Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award. From 2006-2010 Julie served as the President-Elect & President of the GLATA (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association). She was presented with the GLATA Golden Pinnacle Award in March of 2011. Julie also serves as a CAATE Site visitor and has conducted over 15 visits across the US. Currently, Julie is the NATA District IV Director – and member of the NATA Board of Directors and serves as the liaison to the NATA’s Executive Committee on Education, the Continuing Education Committee, and the Post-professional Education Committee.
Julie is the founder and advisor for the Northern Michigan University Student Athletic Trainers Organization (SATO). This organization was selected as the 2008-2009 University Organization of the Year – from among over 200 campus organizations.
Julie was selected as the Distinguished Alumni of Springfield College and is the recipient of the Charles J. Redmond Award.
On a personal note, Julie and her husband, Glen, reside in Marquette, MI, where Glen is the General Manager of the NMU Golf Course. Julie and Glen have 2 children, a daughter Avery and a son Oliver.