Guilford College Dedicates Athletic Training Room for Thomasville’s Mary Broos

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College dedicated its new athletic training room in honor of longtime athletic trainer and instructor Mary Broos Tuesday afternoon.

Broos, a resident of Thomasville, N.C., served as Guilford’s head athletic trainer from 1978 until her retirement in 2008. She was the first female head athletic trainer in North Carolina and named 1989 North Carolina Athletic Trainer of the Year by the N.C. Athletic Trainers Association. Broos was enshrined in the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2003, nine years after her induction into Guilford’s Athletics Hall of Fame. She remains a part-time instructor in Guilford’s Sport Studies department.

Broos served on the athletic training staffs for the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1986 World Lacrosse Games, the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and the 1987 International Gymnastics Training Camp. A 1967 East Carolina University graduate, she was named to the State Superintendent’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee in 1989. Broos also served 12 years on the Davidson County Board of Education, four as chairperson.

The Mary Broos Athletic Training Room was completed in October. The project transformed a former locker room and storage space into a modern area for the evaluation and treatment of athletics-related injuries. The room in the basement of Guilford’s Alumni Gym also contains office space for the athletic training staff and visiting doctors.

Mary and her husband, Jim, have two sons, Brian and Brad, both Guilford graduates.