sports medicine
Michael Lopriore

Michael Lopriore

Michael Lopriore

To suggest that Mike Lopriore's athletic training resume is impressive, would be a huge understatement.

In fact, the Jamestown native's list of accomplishments during a career that spanned nearly four decades puts him in the company of some of the biggest names and most iconic programs in professional and collegiate sports.

For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?

Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?

And did you know the managers he worked with over the years included Tommy Lasorda, Buck Showalter, Bobby Valentine, Art Howe and Willie Randolph?

Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men's basketball tournament at the Superdome. He also logged time as an athletic trainer at Jamestown Community College and Louisiana-Lafayette. Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.

Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84. He later was named a gratis faculty member at the LSU medical school in New Orleans in 1997.

Lopriore earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and sports medicine from Eastern Kentucky in 1976 and a master's degree in secondary education and physical education from Louisiana-Lafayette in 1979.

Michael Lopriore was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.



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To join, please contact Russ Ecklund at
716-484-7684 or send an e-mail to membership@chautauquasportshalloffame.org

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