Head Athletic Trainer/Asst. AD James Shipp James Shipp begins his fourth year as UNC Greensboro’s head athletic trainer in 2005-06 and eighth year overall as the athletic trainer with responsibilities that include men’s basketball coverage. Shipp is also in his third year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Welfare. As Assistant Athletic Director, Shipp oversees the Spartan studentathletes’ physical and mental development through administrative oversight of the Spartan Strength and Conditioning Program, advising the Student-Athlete Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (SACIA), and managing the Spartan CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) Program. The goal of this program is to comprehensively develop well-rounded studentathletes who are prepared for successful transition from high school to highly-achieving collegiate athletics and finally to fulfilled adult lives. As the Spartan CHAMPS Program director, Shipp oversees the development and implementation of student-athlete life skills training which include: sports psychology, sports nutrition, career development, personal development, academic success, diversity training, and community service. In his role as head athletic trainer, Shipp oversees a staff of six Certified Athletic Trainers who are responsible for tending to the medical needs of the UNCG student-athlete including evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. Shipp has primary medical oversight of the men’s basketball team. Shipp came to UNCG from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in August of 1998. In his previous position, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Blazer football and track and field teams. Prior to his work in Birmingham, Shipp served as an intern athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football team. From 1993 to 1994, he worked as an athletic trainer in the Cape Cod Baseball League, a collegiate all-star summer league in New England. Shipp is an advisory board member of the Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation, and he serves as an adjunct professor in UNCG’s Athletic Training Education Program. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association who is licensed to practice athletic training by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainers. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Shipp earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education with a minor in chemistry from North Carolina in 1995. He then went on to earn a master of arts degree in exercise physiology from UAB in 1998. Shipp and his wife, Jen Palancia Shipp, reside in Greensboro.
Associate Head Athletic Trainer Erica Thornton Erica Thornton, the Associate Head Athletic Trainer at UNC Greensboro, begins her fourth year with the Spartans in 200506. Thornton is primarily responsible for the women’s basketball program and serves as coordinator for the intercollegiate excess insurance policy, as well as supervisor for two assistant athletic trainers that provide services to women’s soccer, softball, tennis, and men’s soccer. She also serves as an approved Clinical Instructor for the entry-level master’s program in athletic training. Prior to her time at UNCG, Thornton spent three years as an assistant athletic trainer at Appalachian State, beginning in 1999. Her primary responsibilities were with volleyball and women’s basketball. In addition, Thornton served on the faculty in the HLES Department, and managed secondary insurance and drug testing for the athletic department. Thornton came to ASU following three years as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida where she earned a master’s of science in athletic training. At Florida, she served as a teaching assistant and instructor while dealing with training responsibilities for the women’s swimming and diving team. She is a 1996 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a degree in health science, concentration in athletic training. While at Brockport, Thornton was a member of the women’s tennis team. She has been a certified member of NATA since 1996 and licensed to practice athletic training in North Carolina since 1999.
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2005-06 UNCG Men's Basketball Media Guide