Peggy Bratt

\Peggy Bratt, ATC, LAT, NREMT, is a graduate of Maryville College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Certified since 2000, Peggy has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Alcoa High School, and is an assistant at Maryville College. Peggy served as Outreach Coordinator at Appalachian Therapy Center from 2000-2008, where she was responsible for coordinating athletic trainer coverage for five local high schools. In 2009, Appalachian Therapy merged with Blount Memorial Hospital, where in June 2009; Peggy took over as Sports Medicine Coordinator.

Peggy has served TATS as secretary for the last four years. She has been active in both state and district organizations since 2004, first serving on the Secondary Schools Committee where she remained until 2010. In 2006, she became Public Relations Chair for TATS, and the Tennessee Representative to the SEATA Public Relations Committee, serving until 2010. She has been the Tennessee representative to SEATA’s Women in Athletic Training Committee, now the Life Balance Task Force, since 2006. She has been a member of the TSSAA Wrestling Weight Management Executive Committee since its inception in 2003.

Other activities where she has served as an athletic trainer are: Either Head or Assistant Athletic Trainer for the TACA TN All-Star football team from 2000-2005, a staff athletic trainer for the United States Field Hockey Association from 2001-2003, for their annual USFHA Field Hockey Festival, and coordinated basketball coverage for the AAU Junior Olympics in 2002.

She coordinates an annual week-long student athletic trainer camp at Maryville College for local Blount and Monroe county students. She has implemented a shortened version of this camp in Elizabethton beginning in 2011. She received the Sandy Sandlin High School Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 2007. She was a columnist for The Blount Today, a local weekly newspaper, a First Aid/CPR instructor for the American Red Cross, and has been an ASEP Sports First Aid instructor for the TSSAA.

In her free time she enjoys travel, scuba diving and reading.


Mike Van Bruggen
Vice President

Mike Van Bruggen has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Carson-Newman University since January of 2001.

Van Bruggen oversees all aspects of providing comprehensive health care for the more than 500 Eagle student-athletes. Additionally, Mike is responsible for the implementation of the athletic department’s comprehensive Alcohol & Drug Education and Testing Program. Van Bruggen is an active volunteer on local, regional and national levels, serving as a CPR instructor for the American Red Cross. He currently serves as the Tennessee representative on the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association college and university athletic trainers committee. Van Bruggen also serves the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) as a member of the public relations committee, the honors & awards committee, and as a member of the corporate sponsorship committee. In 2009, TATS honored Mike with the Eugene Smith/Mickey O’Brien College Athletic Trainer of the Year award. In 2012, the college & university athletic trainers committee of the NATA honored Mike with the Head Athletic Trainer of the Year award for NCAA Division II.

Prior to arriving in Jefferson City, Mike was the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director at Howard Payne University in Texas. While in Texas, Van Bruggen was active in the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association as a member of the Research & Education Foundation committee. He has also held appointments at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona and in the New York Mets minor league system. Van Bruggen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Mike is married to the former Sheri Whitney and they have one son, Alex and a daughter, Samantha.

Clint Sanders

Clint Sanders, MAT, MS, LAT, ATC began his journey into the athletic training profession in the summer of 1992, when he attended a Cramer Workshop at Vanderbilt University. Since that initial introduction, Clint has had a passion for the athletic training profession and helping athletes develop athletically while maintaining their health. He has pursued this passion for nearly 22 years and is currently in his 13th year as an ATC at the secondary school level. He is employed by STAR Physical Therapy in Nashville, TN where he provides outreach athletic training services to Donelson Christian Academy.

Prior to his work with STAR, Clint was a student athletic trainer and graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee. As a student in an apprenticeship program at UT, Clint studied under some greats in the profession, including Dr. Bill Youmans, Dr. Val Gene Iven, Mike Rollo, Chad Newman, Keith Clements, Jason McVeigh, Jeff Wood, and many others. He completed both his undergraduate (2001) and graduate (2002) studies at UT where he cared for exceptional athletes who competed in multiple conference championships, as well as the 1998 NCAA Football National Championship.

Clint also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University (2012) where his studies prepared him for classroom instruction in high school biology, human anatomy, and health. He was also highly involved with instructional technology, providing advice and insight to his colleagues through classroom technology use, educational training sessions, and technology presentations.

Clint has been able to use his teaching and technology background to provide key support for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society on the Communications Committee, as well as during various educational conferences.  Clint hopes to use the role of TATS Secretary to continue to enhance member communications and improve the lives and careers of athletic trainers throughout Tennessee.

Therese Sparn

I am in my 28th year as a Special Education teacher and head Athletic Trainer at Clarksville High School. I was a student trainer at UT-Chattanooga from 1979-1984, where I received my BS in Special Education. Then, I became a graduate assistant at Austin Peay State University and completed my MA in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Administration and Supervision. I teach Resource Biology and serve as the athletic trainer for 17 sports. I am a member of the Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tennessee and National Education Associations. I belong to the Tennessee Educators of Aquatics and Marine Sciences organization. I am also a member of the NATA, SEATA and TATS. I have been the secretary/treasurer for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society since 1989. I held that office until it was separated in 2004. I have since been the treasurer. I have also had the experience of getting TATS through an IRS audit and have had to stay on top of new tax laws in order to keep TATS compliant with all IRS rules. When I took over as treasurer there was $514 in our account and we now have close to $120,000 in our accounts.

Following is a list of awards won: 1985- Who’s Who of Outstanding Young Women

  • 1991 and 1993-Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society High School Athletic Trainer of the Year

  • 1998- Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association High School Athletic Trainer of the Year

  • 2000- and 2005-2006 Who’s Who of American Teachers

  • 2002- National Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainers Service Award

  • 2005- Induction into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame

  • 2006-2007- Who’s Who of Empowering Executive, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

Mark Creasey
West Tennessee Representative

Brad Rohling
Middle Tennessee Representative

Grant Davis
East Tennessee Representative