Gwinnett Medical Center’s James Williams Named A.I.I. 2017-18 Athletic Trainer of the Year

Gwinnett Medical Center’s James Williams has been named the Association of Independent Institutions’ 2017-18 Athletic Trainer of the Year. Williams is also the head athletic trainer at Georgia Gwinnett College. This award is from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) colleges and winners are voted on by other collegiate level athletic trainers. This is the first time he has garnered this award. 

"GGC is fortunate to have some of the best athletic trainers in the country,” said GGC Associate Vice President of Athletics Dr. Darin S. Wilson. “This A.I.I. recognition is well-deserved for the outstanding job that James does on a daily basis. James is the ultimate professional who goes above and beyond his normal job duties to treat our student-athletes with the utmost care."

“We value James’ contributions and knowledge he brings in this role and are proud of this recognition,” said Nish Patel, Vice President of Operations at GMC–Duluth. “As a not for profit hospital, it’s important that we remain relevant to the community in which we serve.  Based on that and the role that athletics play in our community, it’s paramount that we continue to place certified, skilled trainers such as James into local college and school settings to empower young athletes.” 

With over 19 years of experience in athletic training, Williams served as the former assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Browns (2006-09) and the Atlanta Falcons (2010). In 2012, he joined Georgia Gwinnett College’s athletic department through Gwinnett Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Program. Williams and his staff provided athletic training support as GGC hosted four A.I.I. championship events during the 2017-18 seasons.

Williams is also the 2013 Gwinnett Medical Center Athletic Trainer of the Year and has recently been nominated for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Healthcare Professional of the Year award.


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