Beloved Athletic Training Professor Jenna Tacinelli-Hach was honored posthumously by the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) on January 8, 2022. Hach’s husband, Leland, accepted the Kent Scriber Recognition Award on her behalf. The award honored Jenna’s contributions to the athletic training profession. Leland said the recognition meant a great deal to her family.
“To know the appreciation that her students and peers have for her is humbling,” he said. “Those of you who know Jenna well know that she would have probably not been overly excited about receiving the recognition. She may have even recommended others more deserving. She definitely would have accepted the award by speaking at 10,000 words a minute. For someone who loved being in front of a class, she shied away from the spotlight in general. I don’t think the impact that she has had on the world in general, or the ATA world specifically, can ever be truly quantified.”
The award was presented at the NYSATA meeting at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Jenna passed away on August 26, 2021, after a lengthy and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was the Coordinator of Clinical Education for the former Athletic Training Education Program at the College for nine years.