As a student at Kansas State Teachers College, Bott quickly made a name as a fast study, a hard worker and gifted healer. Those traits have endured throughout 20-plus years at the University of Kansas and decades of volunteer service, including a successful push to gain licensure in Kansas. Now an instructor and director of sports medicine at Baker University, Bott finds his greatest job satisfaction in mentoring students.
“I didn’t get into this business of volunteering to acquire any accolades to be completely honest,” Bott said. “Teaching has always been what I enjoy most, and Baker allows for teaching in the morning, a break for lunch, followed by evaluation and rehabilitation of athletes in the afternoon and game coverage.”
Bott served 16 years at the chair of the legislative committee for the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society and served two terms as District 5 director.
The state of Kansas, partly because of Bott’s testimony in front of the senate in the 1990s, adopted athletic training registration, now licensure.
Bott has received several accolades while at Baker. An endowment scholarship for the athletic training education program at the University of Kansas bears his name. In 2009, Bott was inducted into the KU Athletic Training Education Hall of Fame, the MAATA Hall of Fame and was awarded the NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year. In 2005, he was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and inducted into the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame.
“I kind of thought about it the past few months what might have happened if I made one change, gone to a different university or took a different turn along the way,” Bott said. “All I can say is that I was very lucky to have been touched by my mentors, and I hope that I’ve helped some students along the way. I can’t really see myself doing anything else.”
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Lynn’s caliber on our staff,” said Theresa Yetmar, associate athletics director at Baker. “I am thankful every day that we never have to worry about the care of our student-athletes’ under Lynn’s leadership and with Lynsey Payne’s support. Lynn Bott is a consummate professional.”
A native of Dighton, Kan., Bott graduated from Emporia State University in 1975. He received his master's degree in physical education, specializing in athletic training from the University of Arizona in 1976. He and wife, Debbie, married now 36 years, have resided in Lawrence, Kan., for 34 years. Lynn and Debbie are the proud parents of two children, Mindi and Jason. Mindi resides in Manhattan, Kan., with her husband Brian Kastning and their children Lilian and Nicholas. Jason lives in Baldwin City, Kan., with his wife, Heather.