Dave England, the department’s director of athletic training, has been a full-time athletic trainer with the Razorbacks since 1984 and works specifically for the Arkansas men’s basketball program. He also works with baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and the Razorback spirit squads.
In 2016, he was recognized by the Southeastern Conference with the Chris Patrick Award, an honor handed out annually to the most outstanding athletic trainer in the SEC. In 2004, England received the District 6 Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. He was honored in 2000 as the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association Trainer of the Year.
England also worked at Arkansas as a student and graduate assistant athletic trainer. He returned to Fayetteville, Arkansas, following a stint in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
A 1980 graduate of Arkansas with a bachelor’s of science degree in education, England worked the 1976 Cotton Bowl and the 1978 Orange Bowl football games as a student athletic trainer. He was a graduate assistant for Dean Weber in 1980-81 and went with the Hogs to the 1980 Hall of Fame Bowl. He also worked with baseball as a student and graduate assistant.
After spending some time in the lower levels of the Cardinals organization, he worked his way up to the position of head athletic trainer for the Cardinals’ Double-A team in Little Rock, Arkansas. He returned to the Razorbacks in January 1984 as an assistant and was promoted to head athletic trainer in 1989.
While working with Razorback basketball, England has been to 19 NCAA tournaments and two NITs. He’s made three trips to the Final Four and worked with the 1994 NCAA champions and the 1995 national runner-up. He returned to the College World Series with Razorback baseball in 1985 and 1987.
While working with football, he has been to the Liberty and Cotton bowls twice, along with trips to the Orange, Holiday and Hall of Fame bowls.
One of the founding members of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1987, England was inducted into the AATA Hall of Fame in 1999.
England has two daughters — Jennifer and Alyson — and two granddaughters, Ellie and Sadie. He is married to the former Heather Cullum, the director of guest services for the athletic department.