College Athletic Trainers

Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (SHCC) and Prisma Health have developed one of the largest certified athletic training networks in the nation and now serve over 50 middle schools, public and private high schools, professional baseball, university athletics, recreation districts, and national events held in the upstate of South Carolina.

We are proud to partner with the student-athletes at the following institutions.

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Converse College

Kristin Blodgett, MS, ATC, SCAT

Kristin arrived in South Carolina after moving from Massachusetts where she worked for ATI Physical Therapy as an Outreach Athletic Trainer at West Springfield High School.  She joined the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine staff as an athletic trainer in March of 2018. Her primary responsibility is the day-to-day care and treatment of the athletes at Converse College.

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Kristin completed her undergraduate studies at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.  Kristin completed her Master of Science Degree in Sport Management, while serving as a graduate assistant for the Leatherneck cross country, track and field, football, and soccer teams.

Kristin worked in outreach with the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, and various camps, clinics, and tournaments. She has completed internships with the University of Notre Dame and St. Vincent Sports Performance.  She worked at The MacDuffie School, a boarding school in Granby, Massachusetts. Kristin was a Preceptor for Springfield College and Western Illinois University, and has assisted athletic training education in various capacities.

 

Meghan Cole, ATC, SCAT

Meghan came to South Carolina in 2017 from North Carolina where she grew up and went to college. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Greensboro College in 2017. Meghan spent her undergraduate years working collegiate sports and at the local high school along with the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She currently works at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Prior to moving to South Carolina, Meghan volunteered with the United States Figure Skating National Championship in 2015 and the NCHSAA State Wrestling tournament in 2015 and 2016. She has since worked with USA Karate and SC Karate with Greenville Health System. In her free time, Meghan enjoys hiking with her dog, spending time with family, and playing soccer. She recently got engaged and is currently planning her wedding.

 

Robb Johnson, CSCS, PES, USA Track & Field Level 1, CES, FNS

Robb earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science at North Greenville University in 2011.  He is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist. He has his USA Level 1 Track and Field Coaching certification as well.

 

Anna Owesley, MS, ATC, SCAT

Anna moved to South Carolina in 2015.  She is originally from St. Louis, MO.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1996 & 1997.  She is currently an Athletic Trainer at Converse College in Spartanburg.

Prior to moving to South Carolina, Anna was the Athletic Trainer for Brebeuf Preparatory School, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Butler University’s Dance Department in Indianapolis.  She was an Athletic Trainer in Cincinnati, Ohio for University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, The School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Mount Notre Dame High School.  Anna was also the Athletic Trainer for Richmond Ballet in Richmond, Virginia.   She has worked with numerous Broadway shows, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field, USA Swimming & Diving, and multiple NCAA Championships.  In her spare time, Anna enjoys hanging out with her family & puppy, camping and hiking.

 

Blake Scribner, ISSA – SSC II, USAW-I, ACSM, FMS, SCW-Kettlebell

Blake earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from USC Upstate in 2009. While in school, he interned with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and Proaxis Therapy (now ATI), where he specialized his studies in the surgical and rehabilitation of shoulders, knees, and ankles. He is currently certified by USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach, American College of Sports Medicine, Functional Movement Systems, and Certified Specialist in Strength and Conditioning (SSC) through the International Sports Science Association.

Blake enters his first year as a GHS Steadman Hawkins Sports Performance Coach at Converse College.  He has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Converse for 5 years.  In his role, Scribner is responsible for designing and implementing programs for all 12 NCAA teams, one Non-NCAA team, and supervising the day-to-day operation of the Strength and Conditioning Department.

He was in charge of designing the Strength and Conditioning Facility in the Marsha Gibb’s Field house.  Scribner also served as a Stack Velocity Sports Performance Coach with the Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Institute.

Prior to Converse, Scribner spent four years with the YMCA where he directed all wellness operations, designed strength programs for the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Team (2013 Long Course National Champions), and worked with over 15 collegiate signee’s and two professional athletes.

Blake resides in Lyman, SC with his wife Sabrina and son, Wyatt.

North Greenville University

James Anderson, ATC, SCAT

James is a native of South Carolina, growing up in the small town of McCormick.  He attended the flagship University of South Carolina and in May of 2017 obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. During his time at USC, he worked as a student Athletic Trainer for the football, men’s soccer, and baseball teams. He has also served as an Athletic Trainer intern for the Arizona Cardinals Football Club of the National Football League.  James is currently studying to obtain his Master of Business Administration Degree from North Greenville University. He is currently the assistant athletic trainer at NGU for Football, Tennis, and Golf.  He enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time. His favorite quote is “Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.”

 

Dawn Torkelson MS, ATC, SCAT

Dawn came to South Carolina in 2014 from South Dakota, where she grew up.  Dawn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Administration from The University of Akron in Akron, OH. Dawn began her career at South Dakota School of Mines, an NCAA Division II institution in Rapid City, SD. She has done internships at Wofford College and with The Sioux Falls Storm a member of the Indoor Football League, where she had the chance to work with two IFL National Championship teams. She has been working at North Greenville University since her move where she primarily covers football and baseball, but overseas the sports medicine department.   In her free time, she enjoys spending time traveling, Face Timing her nieces, and reading.

Athletic Training Department Managers

Gil Gilliland, MBA, ATC, SCAT

Originally from Alabama, Gil moved to South Carolina in 1998 where he joined Prisma Health, formerly Greenville Health System, and the newly created Athletic Trainer Network. After completing one year at Chattahoochee Valley Community College on a baseball scholarship, Gil earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Troy State University (now Troy University) in 1997.  He also completed his MBA at Webster University in 2008. Although playing sports was a dream of his, Gil knew he had more opportunities at keeping other athletes healthy and on the field as he himself had had several orthopedic surgeries prior to the completion of his freshman year of college. The love of sports and competition directed Gil to the profession of Sports Medicine and his educational route.

Prior to joining Prisma Health, Gil worked for Clayton Physical Therapy, Inc. in Alabaster AL as an Athletic Trainer responsible for clinical duties and 6 high schools.  Along with this role, Gil covered many local camps for various sports.

For the 20 years at Prisma Health, Gil has been responsible for several different job duties.  He was the Athletic Trainer for Carolina High School and Academy along with Southside High School (1998-1999), Hillcrest High School (1999-2005), Clinical Athletic Trainer within Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (2005-2010), and currently is one of the Managers of the Athletic Training Network (2010-present).

In his free time, Gil umpires baseball for USSSA and local recreation departments, enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and watching any and all sporting events.

 

John Thorpe, M.Ed., ATC, CSCS

John was raised in Niagara Falls, and then traveled south to Northeast Louisiana University where he received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (90), and a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology (91).  John also received his commission in the US Army while attending NLU.

John has worked in many different roles as an ATC form high school to profession sports.  In 1997 he developed a program in Louisiana and started with GHS in 2002, where he returned to the field at Eastside high school.  John has been involved with the management of the ATC network since 2007.

John has three grown children, and enjoys family gatherings, exercising, working on cars, riding motorcycles, and playing any sport he still can.