Paul Higgs is in his 19th year as Head Athletic Trainer and is responsible for coordinating the medical care of student-athletes at GC. He came to the university in 1998 from Perry Hospital, where he served as athletic trainer for Perry High School. Prior to working in Perry, he was employed 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 bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Valdosta State College in 1989 and his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1996. He was certified as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 1989 and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2007. He served as President of the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association (GATA) and was elected to serve as President again for the 2016-2018 term. In 2006 Higgs was honored by the GATA as the Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year. In 2014, Paul was named the Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Valdosta State University.
Higgs has served several appointments in 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 several courses in Georgia College’s accredited athletic training program 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.