East Jefferson General Hospital

Athletic Trainers

Working Hand-In-Hand with Area High Schools

In 2009, EJGH decided to embed athletic trainers into area high schools. Doing so ensured quality training services for the schools, but also gave the student-athletes in these schools greater access to EJGH diagnostics, surgeons, physicians and resources. That program has proved to be very successful. Nina Aucoin is the Sports Medicine Navigator at EJGH and at one time was an EJGH Athletic Trainer at Dominican High School. She has seen first-hand how this approach has benefited student-athletes, "With all the sports available now, it's not practical to think one physician can cover every sport and every kind of injury. This program puts a full hospital of physicians and resources backing up that trainer on the field."

With this year's addition of Brother Martin, EJGH is now serving the student-athletes at five area high schools. Beth Norris, VP at East Jefferson General Hospital oversees the Sports Medicine Service Line at EJGH. Norris sees the benefits of this program from a variety of angles, "As the mother of a High School student, I get to see this program from the hospital's perspective as well as being one of those parents sitting in the stands. Knowing our trainers are among the best in the state gives me a great deal of comfort. I know how dedicated our trainers are about their teams. They truly have the best interests of each kid in mind every day. That's what makes this program so successful."

David Mocklin, PTA, ATC, CSCS, Supervisor – Mount Carmel Academy

David Mocklin"It's incredibly rewarding helping an injured athlete get back on the field."

David Mocklin serves as the Supervisor for Athletic Training for the EJGH Sports Medicine Department.

He has been at East Jefferson General Hospital since 2008 developing and designing the high school outreach programs. He has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Mount Carmel Academy since 1998 and was an assistant softball coach from 2004 - 2011. During these seasons, MCA Softball captured 6 consecutive District Championships, 5 Regional Championships and the 2008 5A State Championship.

He has built relationships with Mount Carmel Academy, St. Mary's Dominican, Archbishop Chapelle, the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Brother Martin High School.

David was the Medical Director for the 2005 and 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games, overseeing 26 different sports and over 20,000 athletes. He has also served as the Medical Director for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation since 2004 which has included the New Orleans Bowl, Arena Football League Championships, Venus & Serena Tennis Tour, and the NBA All-Star Game.

He has also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the LHSAA State Championships for football, volleyball, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. He was also the Head Athletic Trainer for the New Orleans Brass Hockey team from the 1998-2000 seasons.

David began his career as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Kenner Regional Medical Center in 1995 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (Human Movement Science) from Louisiana State University. Following his graduation from the PTA program at Delgado Community College in 1998, he designed the high school outreach Sports Medicine program (Human Motion Center). Other works have included the creation of a Falls Prevention program for senior citizens, an Ergonomics program for hospital employees and an exercise educational component for Diabetes classes. He has also created and assisted with implementing rehabilitation programs for several high school, collegiate and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and Boxing.

Jason Aucoin, M.A., ATC/L – Academy of the Sacred Heart

Jason Aucoin"My experience with professional athletes has helped me better assist student-athletes."

Jason is in his 4th year as a Certified Athletic Trainer at East Jefferson General Hospital. At East Jefferson, his main responsibility is providing Athletic Training coverage for the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans. At Sacred Heart, Jason oversees the Athletic Training for 5th-12th grade.

Jason attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated from their Athletic Training Program in 2000, where he worked with Cross Country, Men's Basketball and Baseball. Since then, Jason served as an Athletic Trainer with the New Orleans Saints from 1999-2003.

After leaving the NFL, Jason returned to Southeastern for his Masters' Degree in Health Studies. While receiving his degree, he was the Athletic Trainer for the Men's Basketball Program, in which they won the Southland Conference Regular Season Championship.

Following the completion of his Masters' Degree, Jason returned to New Orleans to work with the New Orleans Voodoo Arena Football Team and began some part-time work with the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina relocated Jason back to Hammond and he was named the Interim Assistant Athletic Trainer overseeing the Athletic Training for Women's Athletics and worked with the Women's Basketball and Softball Programs.

In May of 2006, Jason returned back to the Academy of the Sacred Heart as Athletic Trainer.

Jason is married to his wife, Nina and expecting their first child in early 2012.

Sarah Guilbeau, ATC, LAT – Archbishop Chapelle

Sarah Guilbeau"There's no question that sports taught me a lot of valuable lessons and now I see every day, in the young athletes I work with the positive benefits of teamwork, determination and sportsmanship."

Sarah graduated from The University of Louisana at Lafayette with a BS in Sports Medicine. She's worked with several local high schools and is currently working at Archbishop Chapelle High School. She enjoys working the large LHSAA State events as well as semi-pro soccer and supporting athletes at every level of competition. Sarah particularly enjoyed working with the great athletes who participated in this year's AAU Junior Olympics. She has been NATA/LAT certified since 1996.

Ryan Holmes, ATC, LAT – Jesuit

Ryan HolmesRyan graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. While attending Southeastern, Ryan worked with Varsity Spirit Corporation as a first aid responder. He also worked closely with the Baton Rouge Soccer Association. Ryan is very excited to have the opportunity to work as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with Jesuit High School. Ryan is a native of Edgerton, WI, and now resides in Covington, LA with his wife Arielle.

Joshua Pahl, ATC – Brother Martin

Joshua PahlJoshua Pahl joined the East Jefferson General Hospital staff in 2012 and is working at Brother Martin High School as the Athletic Trainer. Josh is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009 with a degree in Athletic Training. While attending Grand Valley, he interned as an athletic trainer for the DII National Champion Runner-Up Grand Valley State Football Team. Josh spent 2 years as an athletic trainer for Mercy Health in Muskegon, Michigan where he covered Mona Shores High School Athletics. He also worked as an instructor in the Mercy Athletic Performance Center training elite athletes to get stronger, run faster and jump higher. In his spare time, Josh enjoys quilting, a good game of backgammon, riding his unicycle around town, and staying active.

Laura Waples, M.Ed., ATC – Dominican High School

Laura WaplesOriginally from Michigan, Laura is thrilled to have moved to the New Orleans area. "Everything is exactly as I hoped it would be. I can't believe how friendly and passionate everyone is about everything including their sports, which I think is great." A graduate from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Athletic Training, Laura continued onto Auburn University, where she received her Masters in Kinesiology. While at Auburn, Laura worked as an Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, GA. She is currently working at St. Mary's Dominican High School as part of East Jefferson General Hospital's Athletic Trainers Program for High Schools.