One of the longest-standing members of the Northern Illinois staff is head athletic trainer Phil Voorhis, who begins his 19th year with the Huskies in 2007. Voorhis has spent the last 14 seasons leading the NIU sports medicine operation. He directs a staff of 10 athletic trainers who provide Northern Illinois' 486 student-athletes in 17 sports programs with medical care at each practice and competition. Voorhis works directly with the Huskie football and men's and women's golf teams.
He originally came to NIU in August 1989 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Three years later, he was promoted to the full-time staff with oversight of football, men's basketball and cheerleading, and in September 1994, he became the Huskies' head athletic trainer.
In addition to his work with Huskie student-athletes, Voorhis has been an advocate for preventative medical care and safety on campus. Through his efforts, defibrillators were added to all university police vehicles and at all major campus athletics venues. He instituted a CPR certification requirement for all Northern Illinois Athletics staff and is active with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, working with that organization's Disaster Team and as an instructor.
In 1997, he was presented with the Clifford Danielson Award as the athletics staff member who makes a significant contribution to the local community, and he received a Special Recognition Award from the NIU Division of Student Affairs in 2001. He serves as a guest lecturer in athletic training curriculum courses each semester and also teaches several first aid and emergency preparation courses on the NIU campus.
A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (N.A.T.A.), Voorhis is also an active participant in the Great Lakes and Illinois Athletic Trainers Associations. He is a past president of the IATA after a term as regional representative to that group's Board of Directors and has given numerous speeches to such groups as the Illinois State Bar Association, the GLATA Winter Symposium and the N.AT.A.
A native of Piqua, Ohio, Voorhis began his career as a student trainer in Oxford, Ohio at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University. During his undergraduate days, he served internships with New Miami High School as well as the Piqua Medical Center. He also assisted with the Miami summer sports camps and worked with the MU recreational program.
Voorhis received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Miami in 1989 and earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from NIU in 1994. He and his wife, the former Jana Garman of Covington, Ohio, have three daughters, Victoria (13), Daphne (10) and Madeline (3).