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Dr. Ky Kugler

Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Office Location: Crean Hall 208
Office Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Phone: (714) 997-6642
New Mexico State University, Bachelor of Science
New Mexico State University, Master of Arts
New Mexico State University, Doctor of Education


Dr. Kugler returned to Athletic Training faculty as a clinical professor and the clinical education coordinator in August 2016 with the Master of Science in Athletic Training major in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

From 2001-2009, Dr. Ky Kugler was an associate professor and the program director of Chapman University's undergraduate athletic training program (ATP). Dr. Kugler led the ATP through its initial national accreditation in 2004 and re-accreditation efforts that resulted in the program being awarded continuing accreditation for a 10-year period by the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2009. Dr. Kugler then became assistant dean of undergraduate education and launched the integrated educational studies (IES) major in 2009 and moved to associate dean and professor of the CES in June 2010. Prior to joining Chapman's faculty, Dr. Kugler taught athletic training education courses at New Mexico State University; California State University, Fullerton and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His background as a certified athletic trainer has included experience at the high school level, Olympic international level, professional sports and in NCAA Division I and II athletic programs. His professional experiences are broad as he has been a member of two national education committees of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), a six year term as the treasurer for the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association and currently is the treasurer for the California Athletic Trainers' Association. Recently, Dr. Kugler was appointed to the Post-Professional Education Committee of the NATA and represents FWATA/D8 on the NATA Political Action Committee Board of Directors.

Dr. Kugler was awarded the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2015 and Far West Athletic Trainers’ Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2009.

Dr. Kugler grew up in New Mexico and became a certified athletic trainer in 1979. He is married to his wife Jennifer for 27 years and they have two children.

Scholarly Research Interest:

Athletic training education curriculum development, international study abroad opportunities for AT students and sports psychology.

Scholarly Activities:

2013    Lippincott Williams & Williams – LWW’s Athletic Training Education Series:  Emergency Response Management for Athletic Trainers, Miller & Berry Textbook Reviewer

2011    National Athletic Trainers’ Association 62nd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, The Use of Biological Therapies in Treatment of Athletic Injuries – Feature Presentation (moderator), June 2011.

2011    K. Kugler & M. Gibson.  What is Next for International Athletic Training Education?  NATA News, March 2011.

2010    Gibson, Mark & Kugler, K.Sports Medical Athletic Therapist International Exchange (SMATHIE), $360,000 – 4 years.  US Department of Education, FIFSE Grant:  Actions for Transatlantic Links and Academic Networks in Training and Integrated Studies (ATLANTIS) - Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, University of Granada, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and Chapman University. 

2009    National Athletic Trainers’ Association 60th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, Recurrent Lateral Ankle Sprains (moderator), June 2009.

2009    D. Scheid, K. Kugler, et.al. AT Programs Go International.  NATA News, April 2009.

2009    K. Kugler.  Second Time Around as Good as the First:  Chapman Builds Travel-Study Tradition.  NATA News, November 2008.

2008    K. Kugler & A. Calahan.  Second Time Around as Good as the First:  Clinical Rotation to German & Switzerland.  Chapman University Faculty Forum, October, 2008.

2007    K. Kugler & J. Bennett.   Taking Personalized Education on the Road:  A Travel Course to Australia with 26 Athletic Training Students.  Chapman University Faculty Forum, October, 2007.

2007    K. Kugler & J. Bennett.  Clinical Rotation Held in Australia.  NATA News, June 2007.

2005    K. Kugler, J. Bennett, A. August, & N. Hurst.  Third Degree Inversion Ankle Injury, A Case Study from Chapman University.  Cramer:  The First Aider (non-peer reviewed on-line journal), August 2005.

2005    E. Dana & K. KuglerAttention Styles Associated with Athletes Earning End-of-Season Honors.  American Psychological Society 17th Annual Convention (published abstract & poster presentation), May 2005.

2005    Journal Reviewer:  Athletic Training Education Journal, (peer-reviewed Journal sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association), March 2005.

2005    K. Kugler & J. Bennett.  From Injury to Rehab to Performance.  Chapman University and University of California, Irvine “Mini-Medical School Lecture Series”, January 2005.

2004    K. Kugler, G. Konecne, & J. Bauerle.  Core Stabilization:  From Injury to Rehab to Performance.   Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (International Workshop Presentation), April 2004.

2004    K. Kugler, E. Dana, & J. Tse.  Injury Prediction Among Female Athletes as Related to Focused Attention.  Western Psychological Association (APA Regional Conference Presentation), July 2004.

2003    K. Walsh, K. Kugler, & J. Bennett.  Assessment:  Taking the ‘Exam’ out of Evaluation.  Athletic Therapy Today, Vol. 8, No. 6, November 2003.