College Athletic Trainers

Injuries are the last thing we want for your young athletes but unfortunately, they come with the territory. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. That is why the athletic trainer’s job is so important. Athletic trainers work closely with the children day in and day out, even at practice so they can notice injuries, sometimes before the child or the coach can. With proper exercise, conditioning and therapy, injuries can be prevented, minimized and resolved.

Call us: (864) 454-7422

Gil Gilliland, MBA, ATC, SCAT

Athletic Training Department Manager

Kristen Cochran, MS, ATC, SCAT, CES 
Kristen, a native of South Carolina, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Winthrop University in Athletic Training with a minor in Health. While at Winthrop University she was an active member of the honor society, Phi Epsilon Kappa and the philanthropical sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma.

Kristen began her career at Point University in Georgia where she advanced from an internship to the Head Athletic Trainer. While in Georgia, she completed her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania. She also completed her Corrective Exercise Specialist certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After 4 years in Georgia, Kristen and her husband moved back to South Carolina.

She is now at Boiling Springs High School where she is dedicated to providing student athletes with the utmost care for prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and anything involving nature.

Kristen is currently working at Boiling Springs High School.


Katelyn Stegall, MS, ATC, SCAT, CES 

Katelyn has been a resident of South Carolina almost her entire life, growing up in the Myrtle Beach area. Katelyn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and then went directly to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While there, she was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for both the indoor and beach volleyball teams.

Katelyn completed her Master of Science Degree in May 2018 and has since acquired both her Corrective Exercise Specialist certification, as well as her Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. Since joining the Greenville Health System team, she has worked with Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs Middle School, and Rainbow Lake Middle School. In her down time, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her loved ones and participating in any outdoor activity.

Katelyn is currently working at Boiling Springs High, Boiling Springs Middle & Rainbow Lake Middle Schools

Andrea Davis, MA, ATC, SCAT
Andrea came to South Carolina in 2017 from Lindale, Georgia. Andrea received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training, from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. She then went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Leadership through Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She holds a state licensure to practice athletic training in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and she is NATA BOC Certified.

Before moving to South Carolina, Andrea began her career at Shorter University as the Graduate Assistant for Volleyball, Wrestling, Softball, and Men’s Lacrosse. After her two years at Shorter, Andrea moved to Charlotte, NC to work at Belmont Abbey College. At BAC, Andrea was in charge of Women’s Soccer, Golf, and Softball. She was chosen to travel to Italy with BAC women’s soccer and work with Serie B Professional Soccer teams. After she found her love for soccer, she worked with FC Barcelona Futbol and started up FC Barcelona Futbol Escola of Charlotte’s Sports Medicine. Andrea also had the opportunity to work with USL professional soccer teams such as the Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Independence during her time in Charlotte.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nephew and niece, watching University of Georgia football and Atlanta United FC, hiking, and traveling the world. Andrea resides in Greenville with her dog, Opie.

Andrea is currently working at Greer Middle College Charter School and Eastside High

John Riesenberg, ATC, SCAT 
John was a non-traditional student who attended Keene State College at the age of 50. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and an Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in May of 2004.

Before heading to college to pursue an Athletic Training career, John spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, 8 years as a Class A Machinist, and 25 years as a self-employed contractor.

John has been married for 46 years, he has 2 grown adult children. His interests include biking in the gym, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and playing in his gardens.

John is currently working at Greer High, Greer Middle and Blue Ridge Middle Schools

Andrea Davis, MA, ATC, SCAT
Andrea came to South Carolina in 2017 from Lindale, Georgia. Andrea received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training, from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. She then went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Leadership through Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She holds a state licensure to practice athletic training in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and she is NATA BOC Certified.

Before moving to South Carolina, Andrea began her career at Shorter University as the Graduate Assistant for Volleyball, Wrestling, Softball, and Men’s Lacrosse. After her two years at Shorter, Andrea moved to Charlotte, NC to work at Belmont Abbey College. At BAC, Andrea was in charge of Women’s Soccer, Golf, and Softball. She was chosen to travel to Italy with BAC women’s soccer and work with Serie B Professional Soccer teams. After she found her love for soccer, she worked with FC Barcelona Futbol and started up FC Barcelona Futbol Escola of Charlotte’s Sports Medicine. Andrea also had the opportunity to work with USL professional soccer teams such as the Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Independence during her time in Charlotte.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her nephew and niece, watching University of Georgia football and Atlanta United FC, hiking, and traveling the world. Andrea resides in Greenville with her dog, Opie.

Andrea is currently working at Greer Middle College Charter School and Eastside High

Jacob Culbertson, ATC, SCAT
Jacob was born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Lander University, in Greenwood. Jacob has been an athletic trainer with GHS since 2013. He serves the athletes at Hillcrest High School and the Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Department.

Jacob’s hobbies include spending time with family (furry variety included) and friends, playing guitar, and trying to learn Italian

Jacob is currently working at Simpsonville Parks and Recreation & Hillcrest High

Lauren Williams, M.Ed, ATC, SCAT 
Lauren started her athletic training path in high school with an elective class and working with the football and boys’ lacrosse teams. She continued on the path and pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine Athletic Training at Elon University in Elon, NC. Immediately following undergraduate school Lauren earned her Masters of Education in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia with a graduate assistance position at Virginia Military Institute. While at VMI, Lauren worked with the football and baseball teams. She continued this trend when she took her first job at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC. During her time at NCWC she traveled with the baseball team to the DIII College World Series. Lauren moved to Clinton, SC to work at Presbyterian College for their first four years of Division I transition; again working primarily with their football and baseball teams.

In 2012, Lauren returned to her high school roots of athletic training and started working with GHS/SHSM at JL Mann High School. She also provides coverage to a few middle schools including Beck and Hughes currently and Fisher and Tanglewood, previously. Lauren has also been privileged to work with USA Karate while at GHS.

In her free time Lauren does CrossFit, tries her best at DYI projects around her house and yard, experiments in the kitchen, and travels whenever possible to see friends, family, and sports.

Lauren is currently working at JL Mann High School, Beck and Hughes Middle Schools

Meredith Cavagrotti, ATC, SCAT Laurens High School, Laurens District Middle Schools
Meredith came to South Carolina in 2008 from Tennessee. Meredith received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN in 2007.

Before coming to South Carolina, Meredith began her career at Maryville High School in Maryville, TN as a student Athletic Trainer for 4 years. She was chosen to participate in the Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Camp in 2001.

Meredith has  previously worked with Travelers Rest High and JL Mann High. In her free time, she enjoys dance fitness, hiking, college football and traveling.

Rebecca is currently working at Laurens District 55 High School


Rebecca Cannella, ATC, SCAT
Rebecca moved to South Carolina in August of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Kansas. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to West Virginia to complete her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University.

Rebecca worked as a graduate assistance with WVU club and intramural sports. She enjoyed school so much that she went on to receive her Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assistance from Kent State University, all while working as an Athletic Trainer for Marion County Middle Schools in West Virginia. After getting engaged, she moved to South Carolina.

Rebecca is currently working at Laurens High School

Emma Shanks, ATC, SCAT 
Emma was born in Greenville, SC and grew up in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Emma returned to South Carolina and attended Winthrop University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

During undergrad, Emma had the opportunity to work with the Clemson University Athletic Department.

This is Emma’s first year with Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine and has the pleasure of working with Mauldin High School. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading a good book, and going to the beach.

Emma is currently working at Mauldin High, Hillcrest Middle and Bryson Middle Schools


Katie Swanson, MS, ATC, SCAT 
Katie came to South Carolina in 2017 from Texas where her husband, Rob, was stationed at Fort Hood. Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University and her Master of Science Degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University, where she was also a graduate assistant for the Athletic Training Department.

While in Texas she worked at Belton High school as the assistant athletic trainer covering high school athletics. Before moving to Texas she worked at Southern Sone & Joint Specialists P.C. where she worked in the clinic, did high school outreach, junior college baseball coverage, ran the Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention program, and the return to play rehabilitation program.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband to explore new places and cultures, reading, relaxing on the beach, and hiking with their dogs, Jordy and Jasmine.

Katie is currently working at Mauldin Middle, Fisher Middle, and assisting at Mauldin High School.

Anya Decoteau 

Anya has been a South Carolina resident since 2010, she hails from Louisiana where she was born and raised. Anya has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Science. She received her degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Anya is currently working at Riverside Middle, Northwood Middle School and she assists at Riverside High School.

Kate Abdelnour, ATC, SCAT 
Kate moved to Greenville in 2014 from Columbia, SC. Kate received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina. Since then, Kate has worked with several high schools in South Carolina and Georgia, as well as participating in a 6-month internship in Guangzhou, China. She has worked with St. Joseph’s Catholic School since 2014.

Kate is currently working at St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Joni Canter, MBA, ATC, SCAT 
Joni came to South Carolina in 2005 from Wisconsin, where she grew up and lived. Joni received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern) in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a Diploma in Massage Therapy from the Minnesota School of Health Sciences and completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration through Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Joni began her career at Richfield High School in Richfield, Minnesota. While in Minnesota, she worked with the 38 high school teams, Women’s USA Soccer, Canadian U17 Soccer, various summer camps, and hockey tournaments too numerous to count.

She has been working with the talented athletes at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind since her move. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, camping, cooking, and reading.

Kate is currently working at South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

Frank Briceland, MS, ATC, SCAT 

Frank came to South Carolina in August 2017 from Ohio where he grew up.  Frank received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Sport Science – Athletic Training from the University of Florida in 1998.  He received his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Mississippi State in 2001.

Before arriving to South Carolina, Frank began his career with various professional internships, as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer and then an Intern Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mississippi State University. From there, Frank went on to work with the Florida Marlins Organization (Miami Marlins), Youngstown Phantoms hockey and high school teams, and Howland High School.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with family, extended family and friends, grilling, hunting, working on his house, working out and reading.

Frank is currently working at Travelers Rest High School, Northwest Middle School and Berea Middle School


Alexandra O’Neill, ATC, SCAT 
Alex came to SHSM in May of 2018 from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Alex received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Health from Erskine College in May of 2017.

Before joining the SHSM team, Alex worked at Hilton Head Island High School for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. While in Hilton Head, Alex worked with high school teams, Global Premier Soccer Club, Hilton Head Lacrosse, and Rockdale Gymnastics.

In her free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer and adventuring with her dog, Red.

Alexandra is currently working at Travelers Rest High School, Berea Middle School, and Northwest Middle School.

De’Erra Upshur, ATC, SCAT 
De’Erra was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

De’Erra moved to South Carolina in 2017 to start her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She currently divides her time working at Wade Hampton high school and several middle schools. Her favorite sports are basketball, softball, baseball, and football. Outside of work, De’Erra likes to travel, watch movies, and hang with friends.

De’Erra is currently working at Wade Hampton High School, Lakeview Middle & League Academy