Leadership, dedication, integrity and service have been the hallmarks of the athletic training and athletics administration professional career of Pete Carlon. A native Iowan, Pete Carlon received his undergraduate education at Iowa State and earned his Masters of Education in Science from Northwest Missouri State.
Carlon began his professional career in the high school setting as an athletic trainer/health teacher at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas from 1976-80. After a one year stint as head athletic trainer and NATA curriculum program director at Stephen F. Austin State University, Carlon returned to Arlington as the head athletic trainer at The University of Texas at Arlington in 1981. Carlon moved through the ranks from his current position of director of athletics.
Throughout his athletic training and athletics administration career, Carlon served in a number of athletic training leadership positions beginning with service on the NATA Certification Committee, as a BOC test site administrator (1992-91) and as District Six Honors and Awards co-chair (1984-91). His service to the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association/NATA District Six began with election to his first term on the executive board as second vice president in 1985. Carlon played an instrumental role in SWATA moving its annual meeting from Waco to Arlington in 1986. He served as the SWATA President (1987-88) and was recognized with the Eddie Wojecki Award for service to SWATA. Carlon also received SWATA's prestigious Frank Medina Award for Service to Athletic Training and Mankind in 1989 and was inducted into the SWATA Hall of Fame in 1999. He was recognized by NATA as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 1998.
In 1990, Carlon was elected to his first of two terms on the NATA Board of Directors (1991-97). Carlon served as NATA vice president in (1993-94) and chaired several committees and task forces. He was also the board liaison to many committees during his tenure on the board.
Carlon served the profession with an appointment and service on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee and the NCAA Drug Testing and Education Subcommittee (1998-2002). He continues to provide service to the athletic training profession by safeguarding the welfare of athletic trainers and student-athletes in his role as the Director of Athletics at The University of Texas at Arlington, President of the Southland Conference and President of the I-AAA Athletics Directors Association.