The head athletic trainer at St. Lawrence University since 1985, Ron Waske is a former St. Lawrence athlete and was part of four Stanley Cup hockey teams when he worked as athletic trainer for the New York Islanders.
Waske was an ice hockey and baseball player at St. Lawrence from 1965-69 and is the only player in Saint hockey history to play both forward and goalie in the same game. Following his graduation from St. Lawrence, he earned his master?s degree while serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Bowling Green University.
He was a teacher and the boy?s ice hockey coach at Norwood-Norfolk Central School for three years before becoming head trainer for the Jacksonville Barons on the AHL in 1973-74. He then moved on to the Islanders as that team?s head trainer where he served for ten years.He returned to St. Lawrence in 1984 as associate head athletic trainer and took over as the head trainer a year later upon the retirement of Art Van Auken. He took a two-year sabbatical from his training duties to serve as the head coach of the St. Lawrence women?s hockey team in its first years as a Division I program in 1997-98 and 1998-99. He returned to the training room to start the 1999-2000 academic year and oversees a staff of three full time assistants in addition to student aides for St. Lawrence?s 32-sport athletic program which includes both men?s and women?s Division I hockey.