Paul Schechter has an award named after him at Fresno State, the “Paul Schechter Courage Award,” which is given out annually since 2003 to a Bulldog student-athlete who has overcome a physical challenge to excel in collegiate athletics.
Paul Schechter was born in New York in 1943. He moved to California after high school, to attend Cal Poly where he became a trainer.
In 1974, Schechter became the head athletics trainer at Fresno State, a position he held until 2001 (27 years).
Schechter oversaw the Fresno State football team in both the Jim Sweeney and the Pat Hill eras. During that time, he also helped with education and fundraising.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Paul Schechter was the head athletic trainer at three Olympic trials and for the U.S. Track & Field team at the Military World Games. He’s in several halls of fame, including right here in Fresno County.
Paul Schechter died on Friday. He was 75 years old.