Roy earned his baccalaureate degree from UNK and his master’s degree from Regis University. He is entering his fifth year of service at UNK, where his primary responsibilities involve treatment of athletic injuries among football players and wrestlers. “Each person brings a unique background and story to our campus,” Roy says, “and each injury is unique. The opportunity to provide hope, perspective, guidance, and physical treatment is an incredible challenge and the most rewarding part of my job.” He has also enjoyed working with outstanding athletes: Olympic wrestler Tervel Dlagnev (tur-velle duh-lag-nev), for example, and UNK’s 2008 and 2012 national champion wrestling teams. He also served as the medical director for the 2007 and 2011 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships hosted by UNK. This past year Roy was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and a Corrective Exercise Specialist. This has allowed him to assume the role of Rehabilitation Coordinator for the department.
Charles Bicak, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs; Dee Stutz, wife; Recipient-Roy Stutz, UNK Assistant Athletic Trainer; Regent Deter
At the 2012 high school cross country championships in Kearney, spectators took notice as Roy aided a runner who was injured in a fall. “The UNK sports medicine department has made it a priority to treat every person that walks through our doors with the highest quality of medical care we can provide,” he says. “Physically, emotionally, spiritually, their needs are our priority and it is our goal to meet them where they are and, hopefully, have a positive impact on their lives.”
Roy and his wife, Dee, have two children, Dawson, 9, and Eliza, 5. Dee is with us today. Congratulations, Roy. Your commitment is inspiring and your work on behalf of UNK student athletes is admirable.