Dr. George Hershey, inducted into the Bank One NAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, has been overseeing the care of NAU student-athletes since 1971. He has served as the head team physician since 1977.
Hershey was recently selected for induction into the Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in August 2011.
Along with his general practice in Flagstaff and his duties with the athletics department, Hershey has overseen care of the Team USA basketball squad and U.S. Olympic Committee athletes in several international competitions. He served on the medical staff at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and recently assisted on the medical staff at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
The native of Bisbee, Ariz., earned a degree in education from Arizona State, which he attended on a track scholarship. After commissioning by the U.S. Marine Corps and serving a three-and-half year term, he enrolled at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1968. Following a one-year internship in Tulsa, Okla., Hershey opened his private practice in Flagstaff in 1970. He joined the NAU staff as an assistant to Dr. Joseph Reno in 1971 before assuming his current duties.
Hershey has served numerous stints on medical governing bodies and associations and participated on several sports medicine boards during the past two decades.
He and his wife, the former Terri Linn Hayes, have four children: Cy, Eli, Kevra and Sarah.