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 GilsonDirector of Sports Medicine (Volleyball)
A 19 year veteran of the Georgia Tech community, Carla Gilson serves as the Associate Director of Sports Medicine within the Athletic Association. A common face within the Athletic Association, Gilson’s contributions are not common. In addition to guiding and steering the direction of the sports medicine program, Gilson’s focus is ensuring that our student athletes are prepared and equipped for the competitive challenges they will experience both on and off the court. During her time, Gilson has served as an athletic trainer with women’s basketball, football, tennis, track and field and cheerleading. Gilson currently works with the volleyball and softball programs.
Paul Wolkoff joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association in the sports medicine department in 2008 and is responsible for the care of the baseball team. Prior to the 2014-15 season, he worked with the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams.
Wolkoff came to Georgia Tech from Progressive Health Aviation Services where he worked for one year.
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 – Oxfford Regional.
Mark Smith is in his ninth overall season as a member of Georgia Tech’s sports medicine staff and his second year as the Yellow Jackets’ head football athletic trainer. In his role, he oversees the day-to-day care of Georgia Tech’s football student-athletes.
He was promoted to head football athletic trainer in 2018 following the retirement of longtime head athletic trainer Jay Shoop.
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.
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.
Richard StewartAthletic Trainer (Men's Basketball)
Richard Stewart joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff in August 2007 as assistant athletic trainer for men’s basketball, and was promoted last fall to the position of associate director of sports medicine. 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. During his time at Virginia Tech, he also served as assistant athletic trainer for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. Read More
Beth HarnessAthletic Trainer (Swimming and Diving)
Elizabeth Moser joined the athletic training staff at Georgia Tech in August 2016 as the athletic trainer for swimming & diving.
Prior to her arrival on The Flats, Moser spent two years at the University of Arkansas as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, earning her master’s degree in recreation and sport management while serving as the head athletic trainer with the Razorback swim and dive team.
Felicia Tucker joined the Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff as the Player Personnel Administrator in 2017.
Tucker originally joined the Yellow Jackets in 2009, serving as the athletic trainer for the women’s basketball team and the cheerleading squad.
She came to Georgia Tech after spending one season at Winston-Salem State. During her time at State, she was responsible for the volleyball and women’s basketball teams. She also helped out with the men’s and women’s tennis teams and was an instructor in the Health and Human Performance Department.