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Chris Gillespie, MS ATC
Inducted 2002
Samford University

Chris Gillespie is in his 18th year at Samford University. Gillespie serves as assistant athletics director for sports medicine/football administrator and director of athletics training education. During his time at Samford, he served for 15 years as head athletics trainer. Gillespie was named Samford’s first full-time certified athletics trainer in the summer of 1984. The Athletic Training Education program, which was instituted in 1985 and initially approved by the NATA in 1988, was the first undergraduate curriculum program in Alabama, and Samford was the first private institution in the Southeast to begin such a program. Gillespie earned a B.S. in education from Mississippi College in 1980. He was a graduate assistant athletics trainer at Northeast Louisiana University from 1980 to 1982, earning his master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana in 1981. Gillespie is a certified and integral member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association [NATA], the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association [SEATA] and the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association [ALATA], which he serves as president. He is a member of the SEATA Executive board, and he received the SEATA Education/Administration Award and the NATA Service Award in 2001. In 2002, he was inducted into the ALATA Hall of Fame. In 1996, Gillespie served as an athletics trainer for track and field at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1997, he was honored with the District Award from the SEATA for his service and contribution to the profession.

The 44-year-old native of Pontotoc, Miss., and his wife, Deborah, have two daughters: Morgan, 18, and Ashley, 16.

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