Staff Athletic Trainers

Robin Gibson, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Director of Sports Medicine

Sport Responsibilities: Soccer

Alma Maters: San Diego State University (B.S.)- 1988 ; Florida State University (M.S.)- 1990

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Robin Gibson, ATC, LAT is entering her 25th year at Florida State University and has recently been promoted to the position of Director of Sports Medicine.  Upon completion of her B.S. from San Diego State University, she began her career at Florida State University as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in June 1988.  She has been promoted during her career at Florida State to Assistant Athletic Trainer, Head Women’s Athletic Trainer, Associate Director of Sports Medicine and in July 2011 was named Director of Sports Medicine.

Gibson is responsible for the overall operation of the Florida State University Athletics Department Sports Medicine Program.  She supervises a full-time staff of eleven certified athletic trainers, eight certified graduate assistant athletic trainers and sixty athletic training students.  Gibson and her staff are responsible for the daily care, treatment, and rehabilitation of approximately 500 student-athletes.  She is a member of the Athletics Department S.O.A.F. Committee, Eating Disorders Committee and Substance Abuse Committee.

Gibson splits her time between her sports medicine administrative duties and rendering medical care for the Florida State University Women’s Soccer Team.  She is in her fourth season of handling the athletic training duties for the women’s soccer team and has been with the team for four consecutive Elite 8 appearances. Gibson joined the soccer program following a successful tenure with the Seminole Softball Team which covered 20 seasons. During her time with the softball team, Florida State captured 10 ACC Championships including six straight from 1995 to 2000.  The Seminole softball team also made 19 NCAA Regional appearances and six trips to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Additionally, Gibson is a course instructor for the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences.  She teaches Athletic Training I and Athletic Training II for athletic training students and Practicum 5 for third year athletic training students.  She is directly involved with the supervision and clinical education of the students in the athletic training curriculum.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Gibson has been a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since August 1987.  She is a State of Florida licensed athletic trainer, an American Red Cross certified professional rescuer, an Approved Clinical Instructor by the NATABOC, a member of the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Association and a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).

In her spare time, Gibson enjoys competing in triathlons and in July 2011 completed her first Ironman competition in Lake Placid, NY.  She is a member of USA Triathlon, Gulf Winds Track Club and Gulf Winds Triathlon Club.

 

 

Sam Lunt, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Associate Director of Sports Medicine

Sport Responsibilities: Men’s Basketball

Alma Maters: University of Miami (B.S.)- 1983 ; Florida State University (M.S.)- 1985

Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida

Sam Lunt is in his 28th year as a member of the Florida State University athletic staff and is beginning his 23rd as the head athletic trainer for the men’s basketball   team. He is the associate director of the sports medicine and teaches several courses in the athletic training curriculum. Lunt handles all of the medical needs for the men’s basketball, is in charge of creating/updating the emergency action plans, and oversees all inventory and purchasing for the Sports Medicine department.

Lunt came to Florida State in 1983 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Miami. While at Miami, he worked as a student trainer in the Hurricane athletic department and served as a student assistant trainer with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL during the summer of 1982. As a graduate assistant at Florida State, Lunt worked with the Seminole football team while earning his master’s degree in sports psychology. During the 1985 spring football season, he worked for the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL. He returned to Florida State in 1986 as a fulltime staff member to be the assistant football athletic trainer.

Lunt began working with the men’s basketball team in 1988 and is the longest tenured member of the Florida State basketball staff. The Seminoles have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments, the 2004 and 2006, 2007 NIT tournaments and won the 1991 Metro Conference tournament with Lunt on the sidelines.

Lunt was a member of the training staff at the 1989 World University Games in Duisburg, Germany, the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and 1991 AAU Junior Olympics that were held in Tallahassee.

Lunt was named the Professional Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida in 2004. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, as well as a certified professional rescuer through the American Red Cross.

Lunt, is married to the former Agnes Bundick. The couple has three children: Ryan, and twins, Sean and Erin.

 

 

Jake Pfeil, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Associate Director of Sports Medicine

Sport Responsibilities: Head Football

Alma Maters: Florida State University (B.S.)- 2000 ; Mississippi State University (M.S.)- 2002

Hometown: Madison County, Florida

Jake Pfeil is in his eighth year as a member of the Florida State University staff, and his first as the Associate Director of Sports Medicine and head football athletic trainer. Pfeil oversees the daily medical care of the Seminole football team, including injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Pfeil is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and is a licensed athletic trainer by the state of Florida. Pfeil is also an approved clinical instructor for the Florida State University Athletic Training Education Program.

Pfeil came to Florida State in 2004 serving as the Insurance/Risk Coordinator. Since then he has served as the athletic trainer for Seminole baseball for the past six seasons. During that time Pfeil was part of the baseball programs’ continued run of 34 consecutive post-season appearances, a 2010 ACC Championship, hosting four straight Super-Regionals from 2008-11, and College World Series appearances in 2008 and 2010.  Immediately prior to joining the Florida State staff, Pfeil was employed by Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, where his responsibility was serving as the head athletic trainer at Tallahassee Community College in 2003.

Pfeil earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Mississippi State University in 2002, where he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the football team. He graduated from Florida State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management with an emphasis in athletic training, while also serving as a student athletic trainer with football and baseball. Pfeil was awarded summer internships with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 1999 and 2000, and was a seasonal assistant for the Falcons in 2002.

The Madison County, Florida native and his wife Cheryl welcomed their first son, Cole Jackson, in March of 2011.

 

 

Jerry Latimer, PT, ATC

Position: Associate Director of Sports Medicine

Sport Responsibilities: Coodinator of Rehabilitation Services

Alma Maters: Florida State University (B.S.)- 1989 ; Florida A&M University (B.S.)- 2001; Nova Southeastern University (PhD)- current

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Jerry graduated from FSU in 1988 with a B.S. in physical rehabilitation and was a student athletic trainer with men’s sports from 1984 through 1988. He next attended Florida A&M University and attained his degree in Physical Therapy in 1991. Since that time he has worked in acute care hospital settings and orthopedic outpatient settings. Most recently he completed 14 years at Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

In addition Jerry has taught at FSU within the Athletic Training curriculum as an adjunct teacher since 2003. He helped develop Kinetic Performance 3 (KP3), an athletic injury prevention screening tool used while at Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He also screened and implemented prevention programs for several local high school, club sport, collegiate and professional athletes.

Joining the sports medicine staff in the summer of 2011, currently Jerry is coordinating post- surgical and selected non-surgical rehabilitation cases of FSU athletes. His focus is injury prevention for all athletes, helping to implement athlete screening program with all team athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches.

-Member of National Athletic Trainers Association, and American Physical Therapy Association.

-Married to Cheryl for 16 years. The have fFive Children; Jordan-12Charlie-9, Peyton-6, Silas-6 and Blaise- 9months.

 

 

Jeronimo Boche, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Football

Alma Maters: Texas State University (B.S.)- 2004 ; Oklahoma State University (M.S.)- 2007

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Jeronimo Boche joined the FSU Sports Medicine staff in July of 2007 as an assistant athletic trainer. In the summer of 2011 his primary responsibility became providing coverage to the Seminole Football program.  Prior to making the switch to the football team he served as the staff athletic trainer for the Seminole Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Programs.

Jeronimo earned his Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK in May 2007. During his time at OSU (2004-2007) he served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer responsible for the care and rehabilitation of the OSU Women’s Soccer program. He was also an Accredited Curriculum Instructor (ACI) for the CAATE approved curriculum.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Jeronimo received his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in May of 2004. During the summer of 2003 Jeronimo earned an internship via the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). Jeronimo served as an intern athletic trainer with the NFL Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix, Arizona and also acquired a scholarship from PFATS.

Jeronimo has been a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 2004. Currently he is also a certified member of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida.

Jeronimo has been married to the former Katy Rodman since January 2005.

 

 

Cory Couture, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Baseball, Men’s Golf

Alma Maters: Louisiana State University (B.S.)- 2004 ; Florida State University (M.S.)- 2006

Hometown: Patterson, Louisiana

Cory Couture joined the FSU Sports Medicine staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in September of 2011. He is responsible for working with the Seminole baseball and men’s golf teams.

Prior to his current position, Cory was Head Athletic Trainer at Loyola University New Orleans. He held that position for four years. Before moving to New Orleans, LA, he completed a year internship with the Carolina Panthers.

Cory graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a Masters in Sports Administration. He also worked as a Graduate Assistant for two years with the FSU football team. Cory received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Louisiana State University. He spent four years working in the LSU Athletic Training Program as an Athletic Training Student. As an undergrad, Cory also worked two pre-season internships with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cory is a native of Patterson, LA. He and his wife Ana were married in July of 2011.

 

 

Gwendolyn Davis, MHRD, ATC, LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Alma Maters: Texas State University (B.S.)- 2005 ; Clemson University (MHRD)- 2007

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

Gwendolyn Davis begins her first season as the athletic trainer with the Florida State men’s and women’s track & field teams, and will also work with the cross country program in the fall.

Davis, a native of Missouri City, Texas, joined the Florida State staff in November 2011 after serving in the same capacity for the nationally-ranked Arkansas track & field programs from 2008-2011. In addition to attending to the Razorback student-athletes, Davis supervised two certified graduate assistants and numerous graduate student athletic trainers.

She is no stranger to the Atlantic Coast Conference, having worked with the Clemson cross country and track programs while in graduate school prior to joining the Arkansas staff.

She began her collegiate career at Texas State University- San Marcos, in San Marcos, Texas, where she worked with track & field, women’s basketball, football and volleyball, while also serving as a student assistant athletic trainer at San Marcos High School.

Davis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, with a major in athletic training. She earned her master’s degree in human resources development from Clemson in May 2008. While at Clemson her duties included daily prevention, recognition, care and rehabilitation on athletic injuries. She was responsible for practice and meet preparation and supervised students.

She is one of three children to Joe and Deborah Davis. She has a sister, Jozetta, and brother, Clifton.

 

 

Eunice Hernandez, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Softball, Women’s Golf

Alma Maters: Barry University (B.S.)- 1999 ; Miami University (M.S.)- 2001

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Eunice Hernández has served an assistant athletic trainer for Florida State University since September of 2003. Currently, she is the head athletic trainer with the Women’s Softball and Women’s Golf programs. From 2003 until 2006 she served as the head athletic trainer for the Women’s and Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country programs. During that time, she garnered two Outdoor Track and Field national titles (2006 & 2007), three East Region titles, four ACC Indoor titles, and three ACC outdoor titles with the men’s team. Before leaving the track program, Ms. Hernández was involved in facility development for the athletic training room housed in the Mike Long Track fieldhouse.

In the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Hernández worked with the Women’s Soccer program which advanced to the Finals of the Women’s College Cup for the first time in school history.

In 2008, Ms. Hernández made the transition to the softball program. In her 3 seasons with the softball team, they have earned consecutive bids to the NCAA Softball Regional tournament, playing host for the 2009 season. In the 2011 season, the softball team won the ACC Softball Tournament having last won it in 2004.

Prior to arriving at FSU, Ms. Hernández attended graduate school at the University of Miami (FL). While completing a Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine, she also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UM with the Football and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving programs. She was on the staff for the 2002 Rose Bowl National Championship as well as the 2003 Fiesta Bowl National Championship. In addition, she coordinated the Directed Observers’ observation hours in the athletic training curriculum at UM. Ms. Hernández completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at Barry University (Miami Shores, FL) in 1999. She is a native of Miami, FL.

Ms. Hernández is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is licensed in the state of Florida as an Athletic Trainer. Additionally, she is a certified professional rescuer and a CPR/First Aid/AED instructor through the American Red Cross. She is also an Approved Clinical Instructor within the CAATE accredited FSU Athletic Training Education Program and an adjunct professor within the College of Human Sciences.

In her leisure time, Ms. Hernández enjoys engaging in physical fitness, cooking and entertaining guests, and playing softball recreationally. Other interests include music and motorsports.

 

 

Emily Hutcherson, MSed, ATC LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Women’s Basketball

Alma Maters: James Madison University (B.S.)- 2008; Virginia Tech University (M.S.ed)- 2010; Florida State University (PhD)- current

Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia

Emily Hutcherson enters her third year at Florida State and her first season with the Seminole women’s basketball team. She previously worked with the women’s volleyball team at FSU.  While working with volleyball, Emily had the opportunity to travel with the team to San Antonio for the Final Four at the end of the 2011 season.  She is a 2008 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where she earned a B.S. in Athletic Training, and a 2010 graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va, where she earned a M.S.Ed in Health and Physical Education, with a concentration in Sports Medicine.

Emily is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education from FSU.

 

 

Julie Kruessel, MS, ATC, LAT

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Football

Alma Maters: University of Cincinnati (B.S)- 2007; Louisiana State University (M.S.)- 2009

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

Julie Kruessel is in her third year as a member of the Florida State University staff.  She started in July 2011 as the head athletic trainer for women’s basketball.  In May 2012, she began working with the Seminole football team.

Prior to her arrival at Florida State, Julie spent the two previous years as an assistant athletic trainer at Texas Tech University. While at TTU, she was the head athletic trainer for women’s basketball and assisted in the coordination of the athletic training student education program.In 2009, Julie earned her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management from Louisiana State University.  During her time at LSU, she was as a graduate assistant and served as the LSU Athletic Insurance Coordinator and the athletic trainer for the men’s tennis and football teams. In addition, she was the coordinator of the pre-professional athletic training students.

A native of Westerville, Ohio, Julie graduated in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Education with a Concentration in Athletic Training.

Julie has been an active member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) since 2003, and has recently joined the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida (ATAF).  She is a State of Florida licensed athletic trainer, an American Red Cross certified professional rescuer, and an Approved Curriculum Instructor by the Board of Certification.

 

 

Nick Pappas, ATC, LAT

Position: Coordinator of Insurance and Risk Management

Alma Mater: Virginia Commonwealth (B.S.)

Hometown: Highland Park , New Jersey

Nick Pappas has accumulated diversified experience of over thirty-five years in the areas of athletic training and sports medicine. During this time he has been involved with the administration and development of and participated in numerous sports medicine and athletic training programs at the local, national and international levels.  Included in this experience are stints as Head Athletic Trainer at Virginia Commonwealth University, Associate Athletic Trainer at Georgia Tech and Head Football Athletic Trainer at North Carolina State University.  He has worked with numerous athletes and teams that have participated in noteworthy sports events including several college football bowl games as well as NCAA national tournaments and conference championships in basketball, wrestling, track and cross-country. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer at the U.S. Olympic Trials for Tae-Kwon-Do in 1988 and was the host site athletic trainer at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1987.  He worked with the inaugural Tennessee Sportsfest in 1990 as a member of the medical committee and provided assistance with the North Carolina Special Olympics from 1986 through 1989.  He has served as the medical chair for the Mid-South Rugby Union and is a past member of the medical staff of the United States Rugby Football Union.  He also served as Head Athletic Trainer for the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League for five years and was a member of the AFL Physician and Trainers Association serving as treasurer of the Executive Board.

In addition, he has been active with state and national associations working to improve the athletic training profession. He was elected as the first president of the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association after serving as chair of the Executive Committee authoring the organization’s charter constitution and bylaws. In Tennessee, Nick worked with several professional committees for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society. For nearly fourteen years Nick served as chair of Governmental Affairs and Strategic Planning and headed up the team representing professional interests in the Tennessee State Legislature. He had a major role in the revision and subsequent passage of the state athletic trainer practice act.  Nick also made significant contributions in the reimbursement setting in Tennessee by putting together the strategy presentations and lobbying Blue Cross/Blue Shield which eventually led to the insurance giant changing it’s policy and procedures to recognize certified athletic trainers as allied healthcare providers in the State of Tennessee.

Nick served two terms as President of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society and sat on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association. As a member of the Executive Board of SEATA, Nick worked on and chaired several committees which included the major revision of the SEATA Constitution and By-Laws as well as developing the SEATA Mission and Vision Statements now in use.. Upon his move to Florida in September 2005, he was elected to the Executive Board of the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida to serve as the Panhandle Area representative. In addition, the President and Executive Board of SEATA recently called on him to continue to provide support to their responsibilities and serve as SEATA Parliamentarian in 2006-2007.

His peers and the profession have recognized Nick for his contributions to the field of athletic training and sports medicine. In January, 1992 he was named as the Clinical/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society.  In 1996, he was one of fifteen individuals chosen as the first recipients of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Athletic Trainer Service Award. In March 2000, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association honored him with selection for the District Award for his outstanding contributions and service with distinction to the profession.  In January, 2006 Nick was inducted into the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame.  He was honored as the 2007 recipient of the Presidents’ Award of Merit given by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society.

He has written numerous articles and has been active as a speaker and consultant in various medical, allied health, law enforcement and athletic environments and has served on the national faculty of the United States Sports Academy. In addition to his duties on the athletic training staff at Florida State University he is an adjunct instructor in the athletic training curriculum.

 

 

Cheryl Pfeil, MS, ATC

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Coordinator of Athletic Training Services, Cheerleading, Dance, Stunt

Alma Maters: Florida State University (B.S)- 2001; Louisiana State University (M.S.)- 2003

Hometown: Conyers, Georgia

Cheryl Pfeil joined the Florida State University Athletic Training Staff in 2003.  She served as the supervising Certified Athletic Trainer for the Don Fauls Athletic Training Room before becoming the head athletic trainer for the women’s basketball program in the fall of 2006.

Pfeil is a 2001 graduate of Florida State University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science.  She continued her education at Louisiana State University where she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer while obtaining her masters degree in Kinesiology.  Cheryl is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, as well as a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Florida.  She is a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor and is also an instructor in the Human Sciences department.

The former Cheryl Tingle married Jake Pfeil in July of 2004.  They welcomed their first child, a son named Cole, in March of 2011.

Professional Certifications

  • NATABOC Certified Member
  • Approved Curriculum Instructor
  • American Red Cross Professional Rescuer – Instructor

Courses Taught

  • General Medical Conditions and Lab
  • Upper Extremity Assessment
  • Upper Extremity Assessment Lab

 

 

Brandon Stone: Sports Medicine / TrainerBrandon Stone, MS, ATC, LAT, PES

Position: Intern Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Football

Alma Maters: Florida State University (B.S.)- 2010 ; Louisiana State University (M.S.)- 2012

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Brandon was a former student at FSU, graduating in 2010, and has returned to work as an intern with the Football Team.

Before returning to FSU, Brandon completed a year internship with the Arizona Cardinals after he had graduated from Louisiana State University.

Brandon graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Master’s in Kinesiology, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant with the LSU Football Team and the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. Brandon received his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Florida State University. As an undergrad, Brandon also worked a preseason internship with the New York Giants

Brandon is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. He and his fiancée, Katie, both attended and met at FSU.

 

 

All Sports Photo Day 3: Brian Baldwin: Athletic Trainer - Swimming & DivingBrian Baldwin, MAEd, ATC, LAT

Position: Intern Athletic Trainer

Sport Responsibilities: Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Alma Maters: Florida State University (B.S.)- 2011 ; Virginia Tech University (MAEd)- 2013

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Brian was a former student at FSU, graduating in 2011, and has returned to work as an intern with the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team.

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