By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
One former Longhorn is making his mark in college sports despite never playing on a team at Johnson County High School. Gerald Jordan recently was named assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Louisiana Tech University after working for the past 12 years in the same role at Delta State.
Jordan is no stranger to the field of sports medicine.
He was recognized by The Southeast Athletic Trainers Association as Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2012 for the work he did at Delta State.
My function here will be as supervisor and administrator of the sports medicine department, said Jordan. I will be supervising all the athletic trainers we have here on staff; full time, part-time and graduate students. I will help provide the health care of our football team but I wont be the primary contact. The ideal in my position is to be more of an administrator and a little less of a person running around every day taking care of the football team. There is so much policy and procedure to keep up with. You have to spend much of your time doing that.
Jordan talked about his days in Mountain City and those who helped get him started in what hes doing now.
I never played any organized sports from Little League to high school, said Jordan. My mom and dad never pushed me to do anything like that so I chose not to. But I was always interested in sports and enjoyed being around it. Darin Chaplain was the high school baseball coach and middle school football coach when I was a seventh grader. He asked me to become a manager for football and I accepted. Thats where I started and all that transitioned into high school football and baseball. I knew when I was a sophomore that I wanted to become an athletic trainer.
Jordan recalled the high school not having an athletic trainer during his time there. He touched on how they compensated.
ETSU would send a graduate assistant to our football games to be the athletic trainer on Friday nights, said Jordan. It was around that time that I started wanting to do that. I was blessed to be around a lot of good coaches at Johnson County. Pete Pavusek was one of them and there were others.
Jordan touched on the one who influenced him the most.
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