Pete Koehneke is a professor and chair of the Department of Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance, as well as the director of the athletic training program at Canisius College. Koehneke earned both his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Indiana State University in areas of athletic training, health education, adapted physical educationa nd physical education. He also served as a gradaute assistant athletic trainer and stayed on to become one of the College's full-time assistant athletic trainers. He currently serves as the primary athletic trainer for the school's softball and golf programs.
After leaving Indiana State, Koehneke worked as the head athletic trainer and instructor at Rhode Island College in Providence. In 1978, Koehneke joined the Canisius College faculty and staff by taking the position of head athletic trainer and program director. Over the years, he has risen up the academic ranks to full professor, academic chair and director of the athletic training program.
Within the sports medicine department, Koehneke teaches several courses, supervises the athletic training internship program and is an approved clinical instructor, supervising several students. He is also a National Safety Council first aid and CPR instructor and clinical educator instructor.
Koehneke has made tremedous contributions to the athletic training profession. He was a CAAHEP commissioner, chair of the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training, site visitor, and reader of candidacy materials. He is also a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee, and the NATA Long Range Strategic Planning Committee and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been a member of the NATA Professional Education Committee and has been active within the United States Olympic Committee, serving at the Olympic Festival in St. Louis and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Currently, he serves as a manuscript reviewer for the JAT and six publishers. He has given multiple presentations at the state, regional and national levels, and has spoken internationally in Canada, Japan and Taiwan. Koehneke was elected to the Board of Certification in 2005. The board oversees 18,000 certified athletic trainers.
For all the professional activities and more, Koehneke has earned great recognition in athletic training. He has earned several awards, including the NATA Education Council Distinguished Educatior Award, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the NYSATA Thomas Sheehan Award. Most recently, he was inducted into the NATA and NYSATA Halls of Fame.