Jim Penkalski enters his fourth full year as director of Missouri State Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services and his 23rd year overall at MSU. Penkalski took over as head of the MSU athletic training program in March 2009 following the retirement of Ivan Milton.
Penkalski oversees a staff of six full-time certified athletic trainers, five intern athletic trainers and a host of student trainers. A Broadview Heights, Ohio, native, Penkalski also fills the role of primary athletic trainer for baseball and has worked with a number of MSU athletic programs throughout his tenure.
Penkalski competed in football and wrestling at Brecksville High before completing his undergraduate degree in physical education from Kent State in 1987. He then moved on to Northern Michigan for his graduate studies, completing his master's degree in 1989.
Penkalski and his wife, Missy, have three children, Amanda, Katelyn and Russell.