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Raul "Doc" Zamarripa

Inducted: 2013

Best Known For: Athletic Trainer

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

HS: Brownsville Hanna

College: Pan American University


Raul (Doc Z) Zamarripa began his athletic training career with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District at Harlingen High School in 1974. He was under the direction of head football coach and athletic director Jesse Longhofer. Raul worked with the Harlingen Cardinals from 1974 to 1982. In 1982, he moved on to work for the Edinburg School District at Edinburg High School under the direction of Richard Flores.

In 1989, Raul returned to Harlingen High School where he is now the head athletic trainer. Doc Z has worked for 39 years as the athletic trainer for two of the most competitive athletic sports programs in south Texas which are Harlingen High and Edinburg High Schools.

During his tenure, he has had the opportunity to work with student trainers who now have become licensed athletic trainers and they are: Jimmy Cantu, Brownsville, Lee Rodriguez, Harlingen High and Gerry Lugo, Edinburg.

Doc Z is a 1970 graduate of Brownsville Hanna High School. Upon his graduation, he attended Pan American University on an athletic trainer’s scholarship. He earned a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Math, History, and Physical Education as well as receiving his Texas State Trainers License.

Raul has continued his professional growth and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association and the Valley Athletic Trainers Association. Doc Z has served as the Regional Director for T.S.A.T.A., as well as President of the Valley Trainers Association. He continues to work with various committees in the valley helping promote the importance and the need of the athletic trainers in the high school setting as well as in the sports community.

Doc Z is the recipient of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association “John Harvey Humanitarian Award”, the City of Palms Hall of Honor Award and the Rio Grande Valley Coaches Association Meet of Champs Hall of Honor Award.

It has been an honor and a privilege for Raul to have worked with the multitude of good student athletes over the years as well as dedicated coaches in all sports.