COLLEGE STATION— Phil Hedrick, a 23-year veteran certified athletics trainer including 17 years in the collegiate environment, has been hired as the Texas A&M associate athletics director for athletic training Aggie Director of Athletics Eric Hyman announced today.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Phil and his family to Texas A&M,” Hyman stated. “He will head up our athletics training efforts for all 20 intercollegiate sports and work with our medical staff to provide the very best care available for our student-athletes.”
Hedrick comes to Texas A&M from North Carolina State where he worked as the head athletic trainer for football while managing the Murphy Center Athletic Training Room since 2009. His duties also included supervision of the training staff, assisting with implementation of NCAA and department drug testing procedures and assisting with insurance coordination and verifications.
“I am honored and excited to join the athletic department at Texas A&M,” Hedrick said. “I want to thank Eric Hyman and Raymond Harrison for this tremendous opportunity. Texas A&M offers a first-class academic and athletic environment and I look forward to promoting a health care environment that will allow all Aggie student-athletes to compete for SEC and NCAA championships. My family and I cannot wait to get to College Station and become Aggies.”
Prior to his service at North Carolina State, Hedrick served as head athletic trainer at Furman University from 2002-09 and was an assistant athletic trainer at South Carolina from July 2000 until July 2002. While at South Carolina, he was also an approved clinical instructor for the undergraduate athletic training education program.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hedrick worked three years (1997-2000) in the Greenwood School District in South Carolina as a teacher and athletic trainer. He began his professional career as a staff athletic trainer at Greenwood Sports and Industrial Rehab from 1994-97.
Hedrick received his bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports medicine from Appalachian State University in 1990. Hedrick began his career as a student trainer under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer Rod Walters as well as Andy Massey at Appalachian State.
After graduation, Hedrick pursued a master’s degree at Clemson University and served as a graduate assistant under another Hall of Fame Trainer, Fred Hoover. Hedrick earned his Master’s of Education degree from Clemson in 1993.
A member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association (MAATA) as well as the North Carolina Athletic Trainer’s Association (NCATA). Hedrick is also a state licensed athletic trainer in North Carolina and has served as a speaker at numerous conferences on a wide variety of subjects concerning the health and well-being of student-athletes.
Hedrick is married and his wife’s name is April and they have two children-- a daughter, Regan, and a son, Avery.