High School 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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Berea High School

Brandon Rockwell, ATC, SCAT

Brandon moved from Akron, Ohio and joined SHCC in 2012.  He graduated from the University of Akron in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine. In 2012, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.  While working on his Master’s Degree, Brandon spent 2 years serving as the athletic trainer for Akron’s baseball team. In his spare time Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, and traveling.

Blue Ridge High School

Kelly Polin, ATC, SCAT

Kelly is a native of South Carolina and grew up in the Pee Dee area of Lake City.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.  She has worked in the Secondary School setting for the duration of her Athletic Training career and she is presently in her third year of providing Athletic Training services to Blue Ridge High School. She is married with three children and loves hiking, visiting waterfalls, taking her children to local county and state parks, and to the local library.

Boiling Springs High School

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.

 

Laurie James, M.ED, ATC, SCAT

Laurie hails from Pennsylvania where she attended Shippensburg University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and became a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Laurie started her career at Susquehanna University and while there, received her Masters Degree in Education from Bucknell University.   After an 8-year stint at Susquehanna, she moved to North Carolina and worked as the Associate Athletic Trainer and taught classes at Pfeiffer University for 3 years.  From there she spent 3 years with Select Physical Therapy in Charlotte developing and running their sports performance program, along with working as the Head Athletic Trainer at The Charlotte Christian School.  Laurie then decided to return to the college setting and took a job as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Limestone College in South Carolina.  After 3 years at Limestone, she found her home here at GHS and 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.

Laurie and her husband Bobby reside in Boiling Springs and in their free time enjoy working out, spending time with their dogs, family and friends.

Brashier Middle College

Emily Strogen, MS, ATC, SCAT

Emily joined the athletic training staff at Greenville Hospital System in 2017.  Emily spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Mercyhurst Univeristy in Erie, PA.  While there she worked primarily with the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Sports Leadership.

Prior to joining the Mercyhurst athletic training staff, Emily was an athletic training student at West Virginia University from 2011-2015. At West Virginia University, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Sports Psychology.  As a member of the Mountaineer’s training team, she gained experience working with Division I programs such as football, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer.

She is currently working with athletes at Brashier Middle College and Greenville Technical Charter High School.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Carolina High School

Melanie, Stukes, ATC, SCAT

Melanie graduated from Erskine College in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. While attending Erskine, she was a member of the softball team. After completing her degree, Melanie took a job working at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, working with female soccer and softball teams. She has been employed with Greenville Health System for 13 years and serves the athletes at Carolina High School and has since her hire date.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, movies, and reading books.

Chesnee High School

Hannah Rawls, MS, ATC, SCAT

Hannah came to South Carolina in 2017 from St. Petersburg, Florida, where she was born and raised. Hannah received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. She completed her Master of Science in Human Performance and Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Management in 2015 from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

Before settling in South Carolina, Hannah began her career working with collegiate athletes in the Sunshine State Conference for 2 years. In her free time, Hannah likes to go hiking, read, and spend time with friends and family.

Eastside High School

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.

She has been working with the talented athletes at Greenville FC (NPSL), Greer Middle College Charter School and Eastside High School for the past year. 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.

 

David Webb, ATC, SCAT

David graduated from Marshall University in 1993 with a BA Degree in Athletic Training and attained his national certification in 1995.  Prior to beginning his athletic training career in 2000 at Raceland High School in northeastern Kentucky, he spent three years in minor league baseball as an umpire.

David moved to eastern Ohio in 2002 to work for Riverside Sports, Spine and Fitness Center and outreach to Buckeye Local High.  He moved to the Upstate in 2007 and began working as a middle school AT based at Hillcrest HS.

David has spent time working with the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) and the Greenville County Recreation District prior to his current assignment at Eastside High, a position to which he was named in July 2010 and maintains to this day.

David, known as “Webby” by his student-athletes and coaches at EHS as well most of his coworkers, maintains hobbies of Bible study and weight training as well as spending as much time as possible with his wife, Samantha, and their dog, Gibbs.

Greenville High School

Marianne Pavlot, MS, ATC, SCAT

Marianne grew up in Bridgewater, New York. She came to South Carolina in 2005 from North Carolina, where she went to college and lived.  Marianne received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. She completed her Master of Science Degree at High Point University, High Point, North Carolina.

Before moving to South Carolina, Marianne began her career at Garinger High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also worked with various high schools and middle schools in Greenville County. She has been working with Greenville High School for the past 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys running and reading.

Greenville Tech Charter High School

Emily Strogen, MS, ATC, SCAT

Emily joined the athletic training staff at Greenville Hospital System in 2017.  Emily spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Mercyhurst Univeristy in Erie, PA.  While there she worked primarily with the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Sports Leadership.

Prior to joining the Mercyhurst athletic training staff, Emily was an athletic training student at West Virginia University from 2011-2015. At West Virginia University, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Sports Psychology.  As a member of the Mountaineer’s training team, she gained experience working with Division I programs such as football, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer.

She is currently working with athletes at Brashier Middle College and Greenville Technical Charter High School.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Greer Middle College

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.

She has been working with the talented athletes at Greenville FC (NPSL), Greer Middle College Charter School and Eastside High School for the past year. 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.

Greer High School

Zac Parker, ATC, SCAT

Zac was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. After high school he attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and in 2014 received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. Zac has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Greer High School since January of 2015.  When he is not working, Zac enjoys competitive cycling and playing ice hockey.

 

John Riesenbuerg, 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.

Hillcrest High School

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.

 

Annie Hernandez, ATC, SCAT

Annie came to South Carolina in 2011 from Indiana, where she grew up.  Annie received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Manchester University.  She also played softball there for 3 years.

Annie has been working with Steadman Hawkins for nearly 7 years.  She started out with Simpsonville Parks and Recreation and Hillcrest High School for the first 3 years then moved to Hillcrest High School for the past 4 years. Go Rams!  Annie has also worked numerous summer camps.  In her free time, she likes running with her dog Hampton, spending time outside, working out, and relaxing.

JL Mann Academy

Angie Johnson, ATC, SCAT

Angie is originally from Illinois, but moved to Greenville, South Carolina in the summer of 2005.  Angie attended Culver-Stockton College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. She was part of the softball team at Culver-Stockton College for 4 years and went to the college world series her sophomore year.

Angie started her career as an Athletic Trainer at Excel Physical Therapy in Boonville, Missouri.  She was part of the rehab team as well as headed up the local outreach ATC program to 6 high schools.  Angie has been the Athletic Trainer at JL Mann High School for 13 years and loves being part of the Patriot Family.

Angie spends any free time with her wonderful husband DJ and fabulous boys Kastor and Tatum.  She loves being a “boy mom”.  She enjoys working out with her husband, attending Drive and Swamp Rabbit games with her boys, and drinking a lot of coffee.

“I love being an Athletic Trainer. It’s a rewarding job that’s a lot of work, but it pays off by knowing I helped make a difference in someone’s life”

 

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.

Laurens 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, where she enjoys working as an Athletic Trainer at Laurens District 55 High School.

 

Meredith Cavagrotti, ATC, SCAT

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 been at Laurens District 55 High School since 2017 and previously worked with Travelers Rest High and JL Mann High. In her free time, she enjoys dance fitness, hiking, college football and traveling.

Mauldin High School

Briana Sass, ATC, SCAT

Brianah was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina.

Before moving to Greenville, SC, Brianah began her career at North Woods Academy and Pratt Physical Therapy in North Charleston, SC. While at Pratt Physical Therapy, Brianah was trained to do manual therapy and rehabilitation for whiplash patients, lymphatic drainage from cancerous patients, and developed balance treatment programs for patients with vertigo, neuropathy, and reoccurring falls.

Brianah has been working with the athletes at Mauldin High School for over 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys playing competitive volleyball, traveling, spending time with her family, and being near bodies of water in any shape or form.

 

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.

 

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.

She works with Mauldin Middle, Fisher Middle, and assisting at Mauldin High School. 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.

Riverside 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 and Northwood Middle Schools and she assists at Riverside High School.

 

Samantha Nance, ATC, SCAT

Samantha is a Greenville native that came to work with SHSM upon graduation. Samantha graduated from Winthrop University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

She has been working with the athletes at Riverside High School since April of 2016. Prior to working at Riverside High, Samantha worked at Riverside Middle School and Northwood Middle School.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her young nephews and dog, Dustin.

South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

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.

Southside Christian School

Chris Young, ATC, SCAT

Chris’s athletic training career started off by receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, with a specialization in Athletic Training, from Iowa State University. After graduating, Chris moved to Saskatchewan, Canada to work with the Prince Albert Raiders Hockey team in the division of the WHL. This opportunity led Chris to be able to work with some of the top NHL prospects in Canada. Following a five-year stint, he moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where he continued working with all levels of hockey athletes and high school athletics.

In 1998, Chris was given the opportunity to be the first Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager for the Greenville Grrrowl hockey team, located in Greenville, South Carolina. The Greenville Health System was affiliated with Greenville Grrrowl, making this year the first of 21 years that Chris has worked for the Greenville Health System. During his time with the Greenville Grrrowl, Chris hosted three NHL exhibition games and was part of the Kelly Cup Championship team; during the five years that Greenville Health System was affiliated with the organization.

Southside High School

Jeremy Turner, ACT, SCAT

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Winthrop University.  He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is Titleist Performance Institute certified.

Prior to moving back to the South Carolina, Jeremy worked at Bishop Guertin High School in New Hampshire.  He was engaged with concussion, equipment removal, and spinal injury research with the University of New England through Safe Sports Network/NHMI.

Jeremy is a certified athletic trainer who works with Southside High School.  He believes in being proactive about injury management by striving to minimize the opportunities for injuries to occur and properly educating coaches, parents, and athletes.

He spends his time away from school operating a business with his wife, working out, playing golf, and spending any free time with his dog and family.

Spartanburg Christian Academy

Justin Uppole, MS, ATC, SCAT

Justin came to South Carolina in January 2006 from West Virginia, where he grew up.  Justin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He also has a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Marshall.

Before coming to South Carolina, Justin was a graduate assistant with Marshall University working with Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. He provided coverage to various high schools and state tournaments.

Justin has been working with the athletes at Spartanburg Christian Academy for 3 years.  His previous assignments were with Greenville County Parks and Recreation and Woodmont High School. In his free time, he enjoys wood working, spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, and reading.

St. Joseph's Catholic 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.

Traveler's Rest High School

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.

Frank has been working with Travelers Rest High School, Northwest Middle School and Berea Middle School for the last year.  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.

 

Alexandra Vinson, 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.  Alex is currently at Travelers Rest High School, Berea Middle School, and Northwest Middle School. In her free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer and adventuring with her dog, Red.

Wade Hampton High School

Brandon Harris, MS, ATC, SCAT

Brandon has been working with Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine since 2008 and has been at Wade Hampton High School from the beginning. Prior to moving to Greenville Brandon obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from Marshall University in 2006. He also obtained his Master of Science Degree in exercise science from Marshall in 2008.

Brandon began his sports medicine career at Cabell Midland High school in Ona West, Virginia where he worked as a graduate assistant for 2 years. He also worked with the Huntington Heroes, a semiprofessional arena football team.  Brandon is married with two kids and in his free time enjoys cooking and watching movies.

 

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.

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.