Dr. Dennis Dolny

Dr. Dennis Dolny received his BA and MS in Physical Education from Wake Forest University and PhD from Kent State University in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. For 24 years, he was on faculty at the University of Idaho where he also directed the Human Performance Laboratory. In 2008, he accepted the Department Head position in Health, Physical Education & Recreation in the College of Education & Human Services at Utah State University. He has chaired ten doctoral committees and published 30 peer-reviewed research articles. At USU, his laboratory collaborates with USU Sports Medicine examining the role of hydrotherapy in rehabilitation following lower extremity surgical procedures and joint replacement in the elderly.





Murphy Grant

Murphy Grant, who has been a Division I athletic trainer for ten years, is entering into his eighth year as head football athletic trainer and his sixth as Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kansas. Grant came to KU after five years as the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program at Oklahoma State. He also served as the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach for two seasons. In addition to his athletic training work at OSU and Kansas, Grant has also worked with the television show The Biggest Loser, designing workout programs for its contestants, specifically regimens affiliated with HydroWorx. Additionally, Grant has spent time working with the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premiere League and also Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. With his vast knowledge of aquatic therapy, he has been a lecturer at several aquatic based seminars. 




Dr. Paul Hetrick

Dr. Paul Hetrick is President of The Hetrick Center, international lecturer on chiropractic rehabilitation, inventor of the HydroWorx pools, Chairman of the Board of HydroWorx Int., international lecturer on Aquatic Therapy, Advisory board member for the PTA program at Central Penn College, Past President, Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and Board member for the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, Chiropractor of the Year (1991) for the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, and post-graduate instructor for Palmer College of Chiropractic, Life University, Cleveland Chiropractic Colleges.


Barry Lippman
Barry Lippman has been Associate Athletic Trainer/Rehab Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University since 2010. He has been with Chanticleer Athletics since 2006 and previously served as the assistant athletic trainer. He provides direct athletic training support for the university's baseball and Olympic sport programs, and serves as rehabilitation coordinator for more than 425 Chanticleer student-athletes. Lippman is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and Mid Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association, and holds current certification from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. He is also an adjunct instructor in the university's Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Studies, where he teaches in the Physically Active Living Skills (PALS) program. Lippman was the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) winner.



Rob Swire

Rob Swire qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1985 and gained an MSc in Sports & Exercise Science in 1996 from Leeds Metropolitan University and certification through BASES as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in 2002. After 5 years of general physiotherapy experience before specializing in sports injury management, Rob began his football physiotherapy career at Halifax Town FC in 1990 before moving to Manchester United FC in 1991 as physiotherapist to the Youth and Reserve teams. He then went on to become the Head Physiotherapist in 1999 for Manchester United FC. After a 23 year period travelling the world with Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils, Rob called time on his full-time football physiotherapy career after the 2013/14 season for a less intense existence! Rob currently assists in the Manchester United FC Academy, dealing with players from 8 to 16 years of age and also carries out Clinical Negligence Medico-legal work as an Expert Witness for the Courts, predominantly in the sports injury environment.  


 Lance Walker

With over 20 years of performance training experience spanning all levels of competition across 31 different sport disciplines, Lance is currently the Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance (MJP). He directs global operations for the company in the USA, as well as locations in China and England. Prior to coming to MJP in 2007, he served as Director of Performance Training at Integrated Athletic Development responsible for the training and/or physical rehabilitation needs of over 500 active professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, CBA and CFL. Lance specializes in the return-to-sport phases of rehabilitation, preventative training prescription and spine stabilization progressions. He currently works closely with the Dallas Stars, England Football Association, Brazil Olympic and Paralympic Comittee in seasonal player evaluations and corrective exercise prescriptions and lectures internationally on topics such as spine safety in strength training, biomechanics of human performance and youth training systems for long-term athletic development.

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The 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) Selection Process:

Submission proposals will close at 11:59pm EDT on Friday, May 1, 2015. A minimum of one person from each department from HydroWorx will read through each proposal and independently vote on their top submissions. The submissions with the most votes internally will be presented to our panel of judges and the general public for voting.


Upon selecting the top stories, a public voting page will be opened. Voting will be open until June 17, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT. Individuals are allowed to vote once per day. At the conclusion of the open voting period, the winner of the public’s vote will count as 1 vote. The finalists will also go through a judging process by a panel of six independent judges which will each count for 1 vote toward the winner for a total of 7 votes to determine the overall winner.


The winner of the 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award (SMED) will be announced in the HydroWorx Booth, #1723, at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 66th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  


The Award: 


  • The 2015 Excellence in Aquatics Award recipient will receive a trophy commemorating their accomplishments for Aquatic Excellence and a $1,000 cash prize. 

  • The second place recipient will receive a $500 cash prize.