Karen Straub Stanton
Class of 2020
A native of Georgia, Karen Straub Stanton is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and her NATA BOC certification. She went on to earn her Masters of Sports Health Care from what is now known as A.T. Still University (formerly Arizona School of Health Sciences) in 2000. While in Arizona, she earned the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification and completed her training as an EMT-Basic.
Following Arizona, she managed an outreach program for high schools and special event programing in the New Orleans area, including teaching a basic course in athletic training at 2 of local high schools. She came to Alabama in 2001 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of West Alabama, with clinical assignments football, baseball, and softball in conjunction to overseeing other varsity spots and teaching in the professional education athletic training program. She quickly earned the position as Associate Athletic Trainer/ Clinical Coordinator. While at UWA, she was named Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association (ALATA) Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2004.
In fall of 2005, she began her position Auburn University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with primary responsibility of the football team. Since that time, she has served the student athletes and the department in the positions of physician extender, volleyball, and, currently, the equestrian team. In 2011, she was distinguished with the ALATA Award of Merit and then again in 2014 for her service to the profession of athletic training and the athletes they advocate for. In May 2019, Karen earned her doctorate in Higher Eductaion Administration from Auburn University with her final dissertation entitled Financial Management of Medical Care Expenses of Student-Athletes in Institutions of Higher Education.
She is no stranger to professional service, beginning her service in Alabama to ALATA in 2001 by volunteering and eventually becoming elected to the ALATA Executive Board. Over the years, she has served in the positions of non-officer, Treasurer and Vice President, with short interim terms as Secretary and President. In addition, she has served SEATA District IX through committees and, currently, as the Research Coordinator of SEATA’s student symposium ATSS. She has been selected to present at local, state, district and national levels on a variety of professional topics.
Karen is married to Nate Stanton of Illinois. The couple and their 3 amazing children, Ezra, Kalynn and Noah, reside in Auburn, Alabama.