NEW LONDON, Conn. – Roger Guyas, who was an athletic trainer at the Coast Guard Academy for 40 years, was inducted into the Connecticut Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA) Hall of Fame on Thursday night in Cromwell, Conn.
Guyas, who passed away in 2014, was dedicated to the service of others, beginning with his military service to his country, when he served in the U.S. Navy, and then in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a corpsman / athletic trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy in the early 1950's.
Roger Guyas' association with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) athletics began in 1960 when, as an enlisted man, he served as an athletic trainer. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1965 and was made the head athletic trainer. In 1966, he was transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter "GLACIER".
When Roger retired from active duty in 1967, he returned to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as its first civilian head athletic trainer. He served as the athletic trainer for 40 years before his retirement in 2001. He was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988, and was the CATA 2001 Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Helping others, was not just a career choice for Roger, but it was his mission outside of work as well. He volunteered for many years with Hospice of Southeast Connecticut, was a Justice of the Peace, an Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Counselor, an adjunct professor, and a Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. He was an active member of the NATA /CATA/ American College of Sports medicine (ACSM), and member of the Mohegan Congregational Church.
His unwavering dedication and compassion as an athletic trainer, has had a positive far reaching impact on the lives of numerous cadet athletes and staff at USCGA, and others who came to know him. Roger provided not only great medical care for his athletes, but he also offered invaluable emotional and spiritual support to the cadets, and to anyone needing his counsel and friendship. Roger was the epitome of what an athletic trainer should be; a healer, counselor, advisor and friend to all.
Guyas was inducted into the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.