Middle 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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Beck Middle School

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.

Berea Middle School

Alexandra Vinson, ATC, SCAT

Alex came to Prisma Health 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 Prisma Health 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.

Blue Ridge Middle School

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.

Boiling Springs Middle 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.

Bryson Middle 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.

Fischer Middle School

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.

Greer Middle School

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.

Hillcrest Middle 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.

Hughes Middle School

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.

Lakeview 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.

Laurens District Middle Schools

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.

League Academy

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.

Mauldin Middle School

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.

Northwest Middle School

Alexandra Vinson, ATC, SCAT

Alex came to Prisma Health 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 Prisma Health 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.

Northwood Middle 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.

Rainbow Lake Middle 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.

Riverside Middle 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.

SC 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.

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.

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.