Paul Higgs is in his 17th year as Head Athletic Trainer and is responsible for coordinating the medical care of student-athletes at GC. He came to the university from Perry Hospital, where he served as athletic trainer for Perry High School. Prior to that, he worked at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, Georgia where he was the director of the physical medicine department and served as the athletic trainer for Southland Academy.
The Albany, Georgia, native earned his bachelors degree in Sports Medicine from Valdosta State University in 1989 and his masters degree in Health and Physical Education from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1996. He was certified as an athletic trainer by the NATA Board of Certification in 1989. He served as President of the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association and in 2006 was honored by the organization as the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year. In 2007 he was certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a certified and licensed athletic trainer.
Higgs has been very involved with the US Olympic Committee's Volunteer Medical Program. Highlights include appointments to the medical staff of the 1995 Olympic Festival, the 1998 Goodwill Games, and the 1999 Pan American Games. He provided care for a variety of teams including rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, speed skating, modern pentathlon, judo, and karate.
In addition to his duties with the Bobcat teams, Higgs taught athletic training courses in the Kinesiology Department for a decade and also co-authored a textbook, Perspectives in Athletic Training. Paul is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa national honor societies
Paul and his wife, Karen, live in Milledgeville and have two children, Mary Helen and Matthew.