Feature Story on Bucknell's Last Two Head Athletic Trainers: Hal Biggs and Mark Keppler
Associate Athletic Director Mark Keppler, now in his 26th year as Bucknell's head athletic trainer, oversees Bucknell's athletic training and sports medicine program. Keppler coordinates the work of seven professional staff members, a graduate assistant and a dedicated group of student assistants.
The head trainer at Carnegie Mellon University for 11 years before coming to Bucknell, Keppler is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is both state- and nationally-certified.
From 1982-84 he served as president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Society, and from 1984-97 he served with the Athletic Training Advisory Commission to the State Board of Physical Therapy. He is currently the Convention Chair for PATS and was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in June 2006.
Keppler is a 1973 graduate of Florida State University and holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
After working with the football program for his first three years at Bucknell, Keppler moved to the fieldhouse training room to coordinate the athletic training office for the entire athletic department. In the fall of 1999, he once again took over as the primary football trainer, in addition to running the athletic training office. Keppler also serves as the primary athletic trainer for spring football and supervises off-season rehabilitation programs for any injured Bison football players. He also works with the women's rowing and track and cross country programs.
Keppler is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for Quinnipiac University, Shenandoah University and Bloomsburg University.
Keppler and his wife, Wanda, reside in Lewisburg and are the parents of daughters Sarah and Reta.