Mary Lou Vertetis was raised in a small community in upstate New York, the daughter of a nurse and teacher. Destined to help people, her love of sports naturally guided her to athletic training.
Mary Lou’s undergraduate degree in Physical Education is from SUNY @ Cortland, followed by a Masters degree from University of Virginia. During her graduate studies, she was assigned to Western Albemarle HS in Crozet, VA. The wonderful experiences introduced Mary Lou to the South. Following NATA certification in 1980, she set her sights on Texas to obtain a job in the secondary setting.
In the early 1980’s, Mary Lou became a LAT in Texas and was hired by SAISD, teaching biology, and coaching soccer and volleyball. Harlandale ISD lured her away in 1987 to pursue her goals as an Athletic Trainer. Mary Lou has always set high expectations to provide quality health care to student athletes as well as encourage young people to explore careers in health care.
Mary Lou enjoys the spirit of cooperation and comradery and is very appreciative of the support she receives from Harlandale ISD and team physician, Dr Jesse DeLee, a AAATA Hall of Famer. Mary Lou’s passion for Athletic Training continues to motivate her best efforts daily. Harlandale student athletes have received this effort for 29 yrs. In May 2016, Harlandale HS Athletics awarded Mary Lou with The Tomahawk Award, a replica of a medicine man staff, representing direct healing energy. For the Halandale Indians athletes, let the healing continue