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.
Position: Senior 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 fourteenth year as a member of the Florida State University Sports Medicine staff. He has served as the Senior Associate Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer for Football since 2011. In this position Pfeil oversees the daily medical care of the Seminole football team, including injury and illness management, prevention, and recovery. Since his tenure began in 2011 he and his staff have assisted in the football program’s continued run of success including victories in the Champ’s (‘11), Orange (‘12, ‘16), Rose (’13), & Independence (’17) Bowls, three ACC Championships (‘12, ‘13, ‘14), 45 NFL draft picks, and the 2013 National Championship.
Pfeil is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and is a licensed athletic trainer by the state of Florida. He is also an approved clinical instructor for the Florida State University Athletic Training Education Program.
Prior to his tenure as the head athletic trainer for football, Pfeil served as the athletic trainer for Seminole baseball for six seasons. During that time he was a part of the baseball program’s 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 athletic trainer for 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 is a proud Florida State alumnus, graduating 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 native of Madison County, Florida and his wife Cheryl have two sons, Cole and Cade.
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 five Children; Jordan, Charlie, Peyton, Silas, and Blaise.
Keely Kaklamanos, PhD
Position: Director of Clinical and Sports Psychology
Alma Mater: Florida State University- (B.S) 1990, (M.S) 1992, (PH.D) 2002
Dr. Keely Kaklamanos (“Dr. K”) is a Licensed Psychologist who joined FSU Athletics full-time in July 2017 as the Director of the Clinical and Sports Psychology Program for FSU Athletics. Dr. K is working to establish the first in-house Mental Health and Wellness program within FSU Athletics. Since 2011, Dr. K has worked with our student-athletes as a contracted licensed Psychologist for Sports Medicine while she maintained a successful private practice.
Dr. K earned her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University. She completed her Doctoral internship at the University Counseling Center and her Doctoral fellowship at a non-profit agency specializing in mental health and optimal performance of young-adults. She also holds a Masters degree in Communications and Organizational Development.
Dr. K helps our student-athletes navigate through the unique stressors of being a Division I athlete by providing them with support and tools to achieve their personal best in the classroom, their sport, and their relationships. Student-athletes meet with Dr. K individually and in small group or team sessions. She also collaborates with Athletic Department staff and coaches to promote a supportive environment for the mental well-being, resilience, and performance optimization of our student-athletes.
Her experience includes college-level teaching, evaluation, intervention, crisis stabilization, as well as individual, family and couples counseling. Early in her career, Dr. Kaklamanos served as Clinical Director and Outpatient Program Director for an accredited, non-profit agency working with adolescents, young adults and their families and she developed its first “College Intensive Outpatient Program.” She has also worked closely with the Florida Office of Drug Control as a presenter at multiple Governor’s Annual Drug Summits for national and state representatives and legislators. As the appointed Chairman of the Leon County Safe and Drug-Free Schools Committee, she focused on prevention efforts in areas of bullying, substance abuse, and violence. Dr. K was a licensed provider for “at risk” adolescents and their families with Children’s Medical Services, Florida Department of Health, providing their staff with training in the areas of substance abuse and intervention. She was invited to serve as a Senior Psychologist Consultant with the Florida Department of Corrections Headquarters consulting on an 18-month project focusing on re-entry efforts and the integration of the institution’s mental health and substance abuse programs to achieve co-occurring capable “best practices” standards of treatment.
Dr. Kaklamanos is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Div.47); and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She is an Approved Qualified Supervisor for mental health professions through Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance. She has trained with the US Center for Deployment Psychology in the treatment of PTSD, and holds certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Addictions Treatment.
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 eighth 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 joined the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida (ATAF) in 2011. She is a State of Florida licensed athletic trainer, an American Red Cross certified professional rescuer instructor, and an Approved Curriculum Instructor by the Board of Certification.
Joshua Chatman, MS, ATC, LAT, CES
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Football
Alma Maters: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S.)- 2007; University of Florida (M.S.)- 2009
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Joshua Chatman joined the Florida State University Sports Medicine Staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer working with the Seminole Football program in 2017.
Prior to coming to Tallahassee, Chatman served as an assistant athletic trainer for the University of Texas Football team, the University of Louisville football team (2010-14) and as an assistant athletic trainer with the Miami Dolphins (2009-10).
A native of Chicago, Ill., Chatman graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training in the spring of 2007. While at the University of Illinois, Chatman served as an athletic training student for several varsity sports including men’s basketball, men’s tennis, track and field and football. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida with a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine in 2009. While at the University of Florida, Chatman served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Gator football team and men’s golf program from 2007-09.
Chatman is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He was a two-time IHSA state champion in track and field. He enjoys bowling, running, working out and going to the movies. He resides in Tallahassee.
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)- 2008
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
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; University of Miami (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
Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Emily Hutcherson enters her ninth year at Florida State and her seventh season with the Seminole women’s basketball team. She previously worked with the women’s volleyball team at FSU from 2010-2012. 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.
In her time with the women’s basketball team, Emily has been fortunate to work with a program with a strong tradition of winning, accompany the team to NCAA tournament appearances every year in her six previous seasons. The team has had recent success, advancing to the Elite 8 twice in her time working with them.
Emily 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 enjoys living in Tallahassee, and spending her free time with friends and family.
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, LAT
Position: Athletic Trainer
Responsibilities: Coordinator of Athletic Training Services and Operations. Oversight of graduate assistant athletic trainers for Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving and Cheerleading & Dance.
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. She returned to her coordinator duties after 5 seasons of women’s basketball and the birth of her oldest son.
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 also an instructor in the Human Sciences department.
The former Cheryl Tingle married Jake Pfeil in July of 2004. They are the parents of two sons, Cole and Cade.
• NATABOC Certified Member
• Approved Curriculum Instructor
• Graston Technique Certified
• General Medical Conditions
• Upper Extremity Assessment
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Baseball/ Men’s Golf
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 had returned to work as an intern with the Football Team. In January of 2014, Brandon came on as a full-time staff member and began working Baseball and Men’s Golf.
Before returning to FSU, Brandon completed a year-long 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 wife, Katie, both attended and met at FSU. They now have a son, Gavin, born November of 2017.
Julia Giampaolo French MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball
Alma Maters: University of Miami (B.S.)- 2014; Florida State University (M.S.)- 2016
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Julia Giampaolo French joined the Florida State Athletic Department in 2014. She spent two years as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Men’s Tennis before joining the volleyball program in 2016.
Prior to her arrival at Florida State, Julia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Athletic Training from the University of Miami. She was a four year member of the Women’s Volleyball team, and became the first student-athlete in the history of the institution to earn this degree. In 2013, she was awarded a summer internship with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Sport Management from Florida State.
Julia is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Florida, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Julia married her husband, Andre French, in June of 2018.
Amanda Robinson, MS, MBA, ATC, LAT
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Men’s Basketball
Alma Maters: University of Central Florida (B.S)- 2012; Florida State University- 2014 (M.S.), 2016 (M.BA)
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Amanda Robinson joined the Florida State Athletic Department in July 2012 and recently completed her first season with the men’s basketball team as a certified athletic trainer.
Prior to working with the men’s basketball team, Amanda served four seasons with Florida State’s women’s volleyball and women’s golf teams. During her time with women’s volleyball, the Seminoles earned an ACC championship title, made four NCAA tournament appearances, and debuted in back-to-back NCAA quarterfinal appearances in 2013 and 2014. Amanda also assisted the women’s golf team to three NCAA Championship tournament appearances and multiple individual and team tournament wins.
Amanda has earned two master’s degrees from Florida State. Most recently, she completed her MBA in April 2016. She received her first master’s in Sport Management in 2014 defending her thesis entitled “Factors Influencing Collegiate Volleyball Shoe Selection: An Institutionalized Perspective”.
Robinson came to Florida State after attaining her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Central Florida in 2012. She is a native of Orlando, FL and the eldest of four children to Tony and Tanya Robinson.