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Bill Chambers served as head athletic trainer for 38 years before retiring in 1999.He is still regarded as a legend by those in the field of athletic training and sports medicine. Chambers is the only community college athletic trainer to be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. He is also a charter inductee into the Far West Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Limestone County, Alabama, Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

He has served as president/director of many organizations related to athletic training/sports medicine such as Mobile Sports Medicine Systems (a company serving professional rodeo, Indy Car racing, and NASCAR) as well as NATA itself.

Chambers redesigned the Athletic Training room into a co-ed room so that it could accommodate all FC athletes. At the time of his retirement 90% of all the therapy modalities and rehabilitation equipment was donated to FC because of his work with various suppliers.

He was elected President of the National Athletic Trainers Association (currently 33,000 members) for two terms.

Chambers also received many distinguished awards throughout his career including: five National Junior College Athletic Trainer of the Year Awards (which resulted in $5000 being donated to FC Foundation for athletic trainer scholarships), a 1986 National Football Foundation award for his contributions to amateur athletics, the Distinguished Athletic Trainer Service award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation. He served as chairman of the NATA-REF Scholarship Committee and raised over $2,000,000 for scholarships awarded to students pursuing a career in athletic training.