Tom attended North Dakota State University from 1973-1976. During that time he worked as student trainer under the direction of Dr. Denis Isrow. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with emphasis in Athletic Training and a minor in Mathematics. Tom was hired by the Fargo Public School system as a teacher and athletic trainer for Fargo South High School. He still holds that position today.
During the twenty-two years with the Fargo Public Schools, Tom has been supervising athletic trainer for many regional and state competitions in many sports.
Tom has been very active in the organization and operation of the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the association in 1979 and has held the offices of Vice-President, President, Executive Director and state representative to the NATA District Five Executive Board. As secretary/treasurer, Tom coordinated the first state clinical symposium, a meeting that has been held annually since. He also established a Sports Injury Awareness Day that had clinical meetings run by athletic trainers for coaches across the state.
Tom was a speaker at the NATA Annual Convention and Symposium in Kansas City, 1993. He spoke on the ability to function in a high school setting and maintain your personal life. Tom and his wife, Julie, have two children, Randy and Cindy.