Former Bobcat Graduate Assistant Named Head Athletic Trainer at Valdosta State

Jay Johnson

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Officials in the athletic department at Valdosta State University recently announced that former Georgia College Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Jay Johnson accepted the position of Head Athletic Trainer for the Blazers.

A member of the 2004 Division II National Champion Football squad at VSU, Johnson returns to his alma mater after stints at three Division II programs in the southeast. Following his graduation from VSU, Johnson achieved a Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Health Promotion at Georgia College, working for current Bobcat Athletic Trainer Paul Higgs. His graduate assistantship prepared him for a smooth transition into the start of his professional career at Georgia Southwestern State University for four years before taking over the Head Athletic Trainer position at Florida Tech.

“Jay is a very talented athletic trainer and a genuinely good guy,” said Higgs. “He brings a wealth of experience with him and will do an excellent job there. As a fellow alum of VSU and former supervisor, I am doubly proud of him and the excited to see him given this opportunity. I know he will do well there.”

During his career, Johnson has served as a member of both the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association while at Georgia Southwestern and the Athletic Training Association of Florida since his move to Florida Tech. Johnson has also been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association since 2005.

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