Longtime Texas A&M athletic trainer Karl Kapchinski was fired Friday.
Kapchinski, 56, was in his 14th season as assistant athletic director for athletic training. He supervised 12 athletic trainers, a physical therapist and a nutritionist. He had been the school’s head athletic trainer since 1982.
He was fired by athletic director Eric Hyman, who didn’t give a reason, said someone close to Kapchinski.
A&M officials wouldn’t comment on the firing or what hap
pens with the training staff now.
“It is Texas A&M’s longstanding practice to decline comment regarding personnel matters,”said Alan Cannon, associate athletic director for media relations.
Kapchinski talked about his status via Facebook on Monday.
“Well as I sit here this morning preparing for my day. It starts very much different than any in the last 31 years,” he said. “I will be out looking for new employment. Yes, the new administration in the athletic department have decided that they want a different person running [the] athletic training program and sportsmedicine.
“So I put my Hand in Gods and ask him to lead me and once again carry me. Not sure where but with him I will go.”
Kapchinski, who cleaned out his office Monday, had no comment when contacted Monday night. A friend said it was a tough weekend for the Kapchinski family as they contemplate his future.
Kapchinski had been noticeably absent at some football games this season after not missing any for 31 years.
“[I] miss being with my team in Oxford,” he posted on twitter the day of the A&M-Ole Miss game on Oct. 12.
A source said A&M officials had wanted Kapchinski to spend more time as an administrator over all sports. A&M hired Dalis Boyette to be a trainer for football, joining David Weir, who is the head football trainer and Matt Kee, who is a physical therapist/athletic trainer for football.
Kapchinski’s administrative duties according to the school’s website were directing the department’s drug testing program, maintaining the operational budget, managing medical payments and inventory and equipment for all the athletic training facilities.
Kapchinski was named the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 2005 College/University Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division I.
“He has dedicated his career to the betterment of athletic training at the collegiate level,” NATA committee chairman Ron Courson said at the time.
Kapchinski and his staff also were the Big 12 Conference’s training staff of the year twice, in 1998-99 and 2008-09.
Kapchinski graduated from Texas A&M magna cum laude in 1979. The 1975 A&M Consolidated graduate joined A&M after being head athletic trainer at Alief Elsik High from 1979-81. Kapchinski was a student trainer at A&M under legendary Billy Pickard, eventually succeeding him as head athletic trainer. All three of Kapchinski’s sons, Kristopher, Kyle and Kevin, graduated from A&M.