Athletic Training

Sports Medicine at Maryville College

Our coaches, administrators, and athletic trainers do everything possible to prevent injuries and provide our student-athletes with a safe, successful athletic experience. Injuries are a part of athletics, and Maryville College boasts one of the finest athletic programs in Division III. Our athletic training facility is one of the larger, better-equipped facilities in the region. We have plans to expand it to the finest in Division III. Our staff includes three NATA certified athletic trainers and three team physicians. Our state-of-the-art physical therapy center and hospital are directly across the street from our campus. This provides our athletes with the best medical care when they need it.

Sharon Wood, Head Athletic Trainer

In 1987, Sharon Wood returned to Maryville College as our Head Athletic Trainer. The job of coordinating our sports medicine program has been in good hands ever since. Sharon graduated from Maryville College in 1983 with a degree in physical education. At Maryville College, she was the captain of the tennis team and the first recipient of our Carl H. Black Student Trainer of the Year Award. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. She is licensed in Tennessee as an Athletic Trainer and Emergency Medical Technician-IV.

During her tenure at Maryville College, Sharon has maintained an excellent student trainer program. As our athletic program has grown, our athletic trainers have been there to prevent, evaluate, and treat every athletic injury. While at Maryville College, Sharon had the opportunity to work with some of the world's finest athletes as a volunteer athletic trainer for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 1997 and 2000. In 2000, she was chosen as the athletic trainer for USA Basketball's College Select Team, which traveled to Taiwan to play in the William R. Jones Cup. In 1998, the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society chose her as the College Athletic Trainer of the Year. In 1999, she was awarded the Outstanding Administrator at Maryville College. In 2000, she was inducted into the Maryville College Athletic Wall of Fame.

Sharon is also an adjunct instructor for Maryville College in the PHR department. She is also an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross in CPR and First Aid.


Sheena MacGowan, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sheena MacGowan joined Maryville College’s training staff in the fall of 2015. Sheena is a 2012 graduate of Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia where she gained valuable experience on the Vikings athletic training staff as a student supervisor while earning her degree in exercise science. Upon graduation, Sheena attained her M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2014. She gained valuable clinical experience at UTC while also covering the therapeutic  rehabilitation of numerous collegiate athletic teams for the Mocs. Upon graduation, she covered Adairsville High School in Adairsville, Georgia for Advance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy. Sheena will cover men’s and women’s soccer as well as women's basketball for the Scots in 2016-17.




Cody Blackford, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Maryville College Head Athletic Trainer Sharon Wood has announced that Cody Blackford has joined her staff of athletic trainers.Blackford grew up in the Maryville area and graduated from Alcoa High School. While attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Cody served as a student assistant within the Lady Vol athletic training department. In 2011 he graduated from UT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.Upon graduation, Blackford attained his Master’s Degree and Athletic Training Certification from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He gained valuable clinical experiences with Creighton University’s men’s basketball and softball teams.From 2014-2016, Cody served the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic as an outreach athletic trainer for South-Doyle High School.He holds a certified strength and conditioning specialist credential and is a member of the Athletes in Action sports performance team for ultimate training camp.Cody and his wife, Caitlan, are the proud parents of their son, Peyton. The Blackford’s reside in South Knoxville.During the 2016-17 campaign, Cody will be covering men’s basketball and softball for the Scots.



David Montes, Assistant Athletic Trainer

David Montes joins Maryville College’s athletic training staff in the fall of 2016. David is a 2014 graduate of Tusculum in Greeneville, Tennessee where he earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He continued his education at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in kinesiology and sport studies. He gained valuable experience working with the Buccaneer men’s tennis, cheer, and dance teams while also assisting with football and men’s basketball. During the 2016-17 season David will focus on volleyball, and baseball student-athletes at Maryville.




Student Trainers

Maryville College boasts an outstanding student athletic trainer program. Students who are interested in gaining valuable experience in sports medicine are encouraged to become involved in our program. Our program typically includes ten to thirteen student athletic trainers. Each student is evaluated on his or her abilities and given increasingly-demanding responsibilities based on his or her abilities. Unlike many larger programs, our students work with each of our varsity sports, beginning in the fall with football. Eligible students may qualify for student work-study through our office of financial aid. All of our students have the opportunity to gain additional experience by working at Appalachian Therapy Center. Graduates of our program have gone on to successful careers in athletic training, physical therapy, and various other areas of health care.



Team Physicians

W. Ken Bell, MD

Ken Bell has guided the Maryville College medical staff since 1982. Under his guidance, our sports medicine program has grown into one of the finest in Division III. A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ken received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis in 1976. He completed his orthopaedic residency in 1981 at the Willis C. Campbell Clinic/University of Tennessee in Memphis. He has been in private practice with Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic since 1982.

Dr. Bell is board-certified as an orthopaedic surgeon by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 1984. He has special interests in sports medicine, joint replacement surgery, and wilderness medicine. Dr. Bell has been actively involved in leadership roles with Blount Memorial Hospital and the Maryville community. He served on the Maryville City School Board for eight years, serving as Chairman of the Board for four of those years. Dr. Bell also served on the Maryville City Council for four years. He is currently a committee member for Blount County Young Life.

Dr. Bell and his wife Patty reside in Maryville. They have four sons, including Andy Bell, who is a graduate of Maryville College's class of 1999.

Dr. Bell also serves as the Medical Director of the Maryville College Mountain Challenge program. Some of his personal interests include traveling, hiking, biking, triathlons, and marathons.

Dr. Bell was inducted into the Maryville College Wall of Fame in 2006.

Eric Morgan, MD

Eric Morgan has been an invaluable addition to the Maryville College medical team. Dr. Morgan is a graduate of Marshall University, where he played offensive line on the Thundering Herd Football Team. He graduated from the medical school at Marshall, then completed a five-year residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Following his residency, he completed a trauma fellowship and a sports medicine fellowship at Grant Medical Center in Ohio. He has added a wealth of knowledge to our sports medicine team since joining our program in 1998. Dr. Morgan is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a specialist in shoulder surgery and sports medicine.

Dr. Morgan, his wife Tonja, and their two children live in Maryville. Dr. Morgan also serves as the team physician for Heritage High School. In his free time, Dr. Morgan enjoys fishing, hunting, scuba diving, backpacking, guitar, and photography.

Russell Gibson, MD

Dr. Russell Gibson is a graduate of Maryville College (class of '82) and Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He has served as our team physician since his return to Maryville in 1989. Dr. Gibson's role in our sports medicine program is to guide us in the general health care of our athletes.

Dr. Gibson is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He also holds certification in NBME part I - II, FAA Aviation Medical Exam, and as a Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Gibson is married to the former Kay Lippincott, and they have three children. The Gibson’s live in Maryville. Dr. Gibson is in private practice at 129 Montgomery Lane, Maryville.