Bernie E. LaREAU was born on February 26, 1937. He graduated from Saint Anne High School in 1955. He enrolled at Saint Joseph’s College in 1955, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1961. Following graduation, he was employed as their Athletic Trainer from June 1961 to June 1967. Bernie worked with several professional sport clubs throughout his career. From 1958 – 1960 he worked intermittently with the Chicago Bears. Bernie worked with Indiana Pacers, of the ABA, from 1967 to 1970. At that point, Bernie reunited with the Chicago Bears from 1970 – 1973, holding the positions of Associate Athletic Trainer and Athletic Trainer, respectively. In 1973, he arrives in San Antonio to work with the ABA /NBA Spurs from 1973-1981. Following his stint with the Spurs, Bernie is employed by The University of Texas – San Antonio from 1981-1987. In 1987, he left San Antonio to become the Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1987-1990. He came back in August 1990 to work with Incarnate Word College until January 1991, at which time he shifted to the San Antonio Riders of the World Football League until 1992. Bernie started working with HealthSouth in 1991 until 1999 as Athletic Trainer and Sports Outreach Coordinator. During this time, he also covered the San Antonio Texans of the Canadian Football League – 1995-1996 and Trinity University – 1996-1998. In August 1999 he began a five year stretch with Riverside Sports Medicine as Athletic Trainer. In 2004 he worked with the Orthopedic Associates of Kankakee. He is now retired and living in Illinois.
During his era in San Antonio, Bernie contributed vast amounts of time and energy to the local promotion of Athletic Training. He served as the first President of AAATA and was a co-host of the 1985 NATA convention here in San Antonio. Bernie was a recipient of the SWATA Eddie Wojecki Award, in 1985, for his part in hosting the convention. He has received a 25 year award, a 40 year award, and an award for 50 years with the NATA. Bernie was commended by the AAATA for his years for friendship and contributions in 1999.