Gerry Schlemer, who began his athletic training career in 1982 as a student athletic trainer at SIUE, returned in 2004 to become the fifth Head Athletic Trainer at his alma mater.
Schlemer returned to SIUE with more than 18 years of athletic training experience at the collegiate, clinical, high school, and professional levels. Schlemer oversees the clinical operations in athletic training room.
Schlemer works with a staff of Three full-time and three graduate assistant certified athletic trainers to provide care and preventative services to the more than 300 student athletes in 18 sports at SIUE.
His primary coverage assignment is with the men's basketball team, covering practices as well as home and away contests. He also provides additional coverage for men's golf, men's tennis, women's golf, and women's tennis.
He also has served as the advisor for the SIUE American Red Cross Club and has been a adjunct faculty member in the Kinesiology and Health Education Department.
After graduating from SIUE in 1986, Schlemer attended The Miami University where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, while earning his master's degree in health education in 1987.
Following a short stint as an assistant athletic trainer at Saint Louis University, Schlemer became the Coordinator of Sports Medicine at The Physical Therapy Center (South St. Louis County) from 1988 to 1996 where he coordinated the sports medicine outreach program for high school, college and professional teams. As part of his outreach duties, Schlemer served as an athletic trainer for the follow organizations: Harris-Stowe State College (1988-89), St. Louis Professional Soccer, Inc. (i.e. St. Louis Storm, St. Louis Ambush(1989 to 1994), and Oakville Senior High School (1995-96).
From 1996 to 2004, Schlemer was the school's first and only full-time certified athletic trainer at Siena Heights (Mich.) University covering 14 sports with 250-plus athletes. While at Siena Heights, Schlemer wore many hats in the athletic department, from equipment manager to hall of fame secretary, even working on the grounds crew. He also served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching nutrition, first aid/CPR, anatomy and physiology classes.
Schlemer is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) for over 30 years. He is also Licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the State of Illinois. Schlemer has been a health and safety instructor for the American Red Cross for 30 years teaching first aid, CPR, and Blood Borne Prevention classes. Schlemer has been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and was also an inaugural inductee in the SIUE Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma (a National Health Education Honorarium).
A resident of Edwardsville, Schlemer has been involved with Special Olympics Illinois at the local and state level for many years. He has been a volunteer since 1983 and been on the Summer Games Medical Committee from 1988 to 2012 (serving as its chair from 1993 to 2012). He has been the head athletic trainer for the Illinois Delegation to three Special Olympic World Summer Games (1991, 1995, 1999) and one Special Olympics National Games (2006). He also was the head athletic trainer for Team USA to the 1997 Special Olympic World Winter Games in Toronto. In 1995, Schlemer was the Recipient of the Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.