Workshop Athletic Training Staff

Wounded Buzz Sports Medicine Workshops are instructed by the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine Staff who have sports medicine & athletic training experience at all levels. The Athletic Training Staff will be assisted by other great sports medicine and athletic training professionals.

Carla Gilson / Dir. of Sports Medicine

Carla joined the Georgia Tech staff in 1997 and is responsible for the care of the Tech volleyball team. She also oversees the softball team's healthcare as well. Carla has also worked women's basketball and with most of the women's sports in her time with the Yellow Jackets.

As a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, Carla received her M.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Fitness Leadership in 1997.

Carla is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association, and she is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer.

Eric Avila / Athletic Trainer

Eric Avila joined Georgia Tech’s sports medicine staff as assistant football athletic trainer in June 2018. No stranger to Atlanta, Avila came to The Flats following a six-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons. He joined the Falcons in 2012 as a seasonal intern and, just seven months later, was promoted to assistant athletic trainer – a position that he held for more than five years. Prior to his six years with the Falcons, Avila gained four years of athletic-training experience as an undergraduate student and a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa. As a graduate student, he oversaw athletic training for Slippery Rock’s track and field program. In 2011, Avila also served as a physical therapy aid in his native New York City. A NATABOC-certified athletic trainer, Avila is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Georgia and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Eastern Athletic Training Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Society. He has also participated in the National Coalition Building Institute Diversity Training program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training (2010) and a master’s in adapted physical activity (2012) from Slippery Rock.

Brittany Ferrell / Athletic Trainer

Brittany Ferrell rejoined the Georgia Tech sports medicine staff as an athletic trainer in Fall 2017, working with the softball team. Prior to her return to The Flats, Ferrell spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Ole Miss from 2015-17, where she worked primarily with softball and served as the medical director for the 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament – Oxford Regional. Brittany also served a stint at the University of Miami for the 2013-2015 seasons, working with the volleyball and men’s tennis programs. Ferrell first came to The Flats as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2011-2013. During that time she was responsible for softball and football coverage. Ferrell graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. In 2013, she earned her Master of Science in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University. Ferrell is a board certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and has certification in CPR/AED.

Rachel Matthews / Athletic Trainer

Rachel Matthews joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff in June 2017 as the athletic trainer for women’s basketball. She also works with the cheerleading team.

Matthews, who served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Tech for two years, returned to The Flats after a two year stint at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). As an assistant athletic trainer at IUPUI from 2015-17, she was the primary medical provider for women’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf.

Prior to her time at IUPUI, Matthews was on The Flats as a graduate assistant from 2013-15, directly overseeing softball in addition to assisting with daily treatments of all 16 teams. Matthews got her start in athletic training as a student athletic trainer at North Carolina Central University from 2011-13.

Matthews received her bachelors of science in athletic training from North Carolina Central in May 2013 and her masters of science in sports medicine from Georgia State in May 2015. Matthews is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer.

Beth Moser / Athletic Trainer

Beth joined the Sports Medicine staff in the summer 2016 and serves as the athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.

Beth received a MEd in Sports Management from the University of Arkansas in 2016. While at Arkansas, Beth served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for the women’s swimming and diving teams. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Florida where she received a BS in Athletic Training in 2014.

Beth is certified as an athletic trainer by the NATABOC and is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer. She enjoys water polo, hiking and spending time with her family when not working.

Mark Smith / Athletic Trainer

Smith came to Georgia Tech after a short stint as an assistant athletic trainer at Georgia State in the spring of 2013. Prior to his time at Georgia State, he completed a year-long internship with the Buffalo Bills. In the summer of 2010, Smith performed an athletic training internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith is familiar with Georgia Tech, having served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer on the Flats from 2010-2012. His duties were primarily working with swimming & diving and assisting with football.

Smith is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association, and he is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer.

Richard Stewart / Athletic Trainer

Richard Stewart joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff in August 2007 as Assistant Athletic Trainer for men's basketball. He also oversees men's and women's tennis.

Stewart came to Georgia Tech from Virginia Tech, where he was an assistant athletic trainer for football as well as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and men's soccer before working for the Hokies in a full-time capacity.

Stewart is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association, and he is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer.

Paul Wolkoff / Athletic Trainer

Paul Wolkoff joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff in 2008 and is responsible for the care of baseball team. Wolkoff came to Georgia Tech from Progressive Health Aviation Services where he worked for one year. He was the head athletic trainer at LaGrange College for 10 years where he oversaw all aspects of medical care and coverage for a 16-sport athletic program. Prior to LaGrange College, he served as assistant director and senior athletic trainer at UAB Sports Medicine. He is an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association, and he is licensed by the state of Georgia as an athletic trainer.