Al is in his 32nd year as a head athletic trainer at the Division I level, his 29th year at Illinois. The native of Postville, Iowa, spent six years at the University of Hawaii, including three as the head athletic trainer, before accepting the Illinois position.
Martindale received his B.S. in physical education from Upper Iowa University in 1973. From UIU, he went to Indiana State where he earned a M.S. in 1974. His next stop was Moline (IL) High School, where he spent three years before taking the position at Hawaii.
In addition to working with the basketball team, Martindale's responsibilities include the prevention and treatment of injuries for athletes in all 19 of Illinois' varsity sports. He also supervises seven full-time assistants and three graduate assistants and more than two dozen student athletic trainers.
Martindale was inducted into the Upper Iowa University Sports Hall of Fame during the summer of 2005 and also a member of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame.
Martindale and his wife, Lisa have two children, Meghan and Marc, and live in Savoy.
Updated October 2011