Kaye Cosby was a self proclaimed “army brat”. She resided in several locales including Texas, Hawaii’, Virginia, and Germany before 1955. At that time, her father was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, which became home. Kaye graduated from MacArthur High School in 1963. Following graduation she enrolled at the University of Texas, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Kaye coached Volleyball and Track and Field at Georgetown High School for four years. She enjoyed many accomplishments such as three District Championships, two Bi-District Championships, and two Regional appearances. According to Miss Cosby, she never had an injured athlete during that four year period.
One of Kaye’s colleagues asked her to start a Saturday Clinic to encompass Volleyball skills, biomechanics, and conditioning for her team. This sparked an interest in Sports Medicine. One of the only schools with an approved Graduate program in Athletic Training at that time was Indiana State University. She enrolled there and graduated in 1974 with a Master of Science in PE with a specialization in Athletic Training, following a one year stint at Texas Military Institute. She was one of the first 20 women in the nation to obtain NATABOC certification. In 1976, Kaye became the seventh female Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Texas.
While in graduate school, she coached Cross Country and Track and Field at ISU. She spent one year as Head Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Athletic Department of Indiana State University from 1974-1975. In 1979, Kaye obtained employment with Texas Tech University and remained the Head Women’s Athletic Trainer until 1984. From 1985 – 1989 she was employed by the Southwest Texas Sports Medicine Institute and Denton Regional Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinic respectively. In 1989 Kaye landed the position of District Athletic Trainer with Edgewood Independent School District. She would retain this position until she hung her “gone fishing” sign in 2005, after 16 years.
Kaye was the Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Pentathlon Competition from 1985-1986. In 1986, she worked with the United States vs. Mexico World Soccer Game for the Deaf qualifier. She was part of the AAU Junior Olympics medical staff in 1989 for Track and Field.
Kaye excelled in professional leadership as well. She was appointed to the State Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers in 1994, following her work with licensing test revision in 1993. She held that post until 2000. She worked as AAATA secretary from 1992-2005. She served as chairperson for the SWATA Women in Athletic Training Committee from 1996-1999. Kaye was the District six representative for the NATA Women in Athletic Training Committee from 1995-1999. She also served on the Women in Athletic Training Task Force in 1974. She maintains current memberships with the Texas Society of Sports Medicine, Alamo Area Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (since 1973). She was given 25 year awards in 1998 from both NATA and SWATA.
She enjoys photography, fly-fishing, kayaking, writing poetry, hiking, and cycling.