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Shoop Named Director of Sports Medicine

Feb. 28, 2002

Jay Shoop, a 31-year veteran of the sports medicine profession, has returned to Georgia Tech as director of sports medicine after a year as the head trainer for the Detroit Lions.

He oversees all areas of the sports medicine program, which serves Tech’s 17 varsity sports.

“Georgia Tech is extremely fortunate to have Jay Shoop back,” said director of athletics Dave Braine. “Jay is a man of great integrity, and his service to our student-athletes has been the best.”

“I’m very excited to be back at Georgia Tech,” said Shoop. “I truly enjoyed my first stay here, and am happy to be back.”

Shoop, 54, first came to Tech in 1987 after a two-year stint as head trainer for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also served two years (1983-84) as head trainer of the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, and seven seasons as an assistant trainer for the Atlanta Falcons.

A native of Wise, Va., Shoop earned a B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University in 1970 and a master’s degree in 1976 from Furman, where he was head trainer for six years (1970-76). Shoop served as the chief trainer for the Olympic Village for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and as the head trainer for the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia.

An avid collector of historical sports memorabilia, Shoop authored the official history of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association in 1988.

Shoop is married to the former Anne Brockman of Greenville, S.C., and the couple has a daughter, Farrah, and a son, Lynn.

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