Randy Henkels will enter his 12th season as an athletic trainer at Eureka College in 2011-12. He previously served as an athletic trainer at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., Healthsouth Clinic in Austin, Texas and LBJ High School in Austin, Texas.
Henkels graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980 with a B.S. in physical education and later earned a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University.
He has worked at the United States Olympic Training Center with boxing, skiing, and skating athletes. He has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Shriner’s all-star football game for the last 13 years. Henkels has won a national championship with the Peoria Pirates of the AFL. While working at the University of Illinois, Henkels’s last bowl game was the Liberty Bowl in which the Illini played Alabama, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last game to coach. He was a member of the Fighting Illini when they upset then-ranked #1 Michigan State with the future hall of famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Although he did not make the final shot to beat the Spartans, he did tape Eddie Johnson’s ankles that day and he made the final shot.
He has presented some of his scholarly work at the National Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, and the Illinois Athletic Trainers association annual symposiums.
Henkels is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Eureka College and is responsible for athletic training majors. He is also set to enter his seventh year as an assistant athletic director at Eureka in 2011-12.
Henkels and his wife Sue have two children, Alexandra (22) and Kevin (18).