Sports Medicine Staff
D.J. Gililland Jr., MSEd.,
Head Athletic Trainer/Adjunct Instructor of Athletic Training
Gililland assumed the Head Athletic Trainer position in June of 2006 after serving four years as an assistant at HSU. He holds the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification – Certified Athletic Trainer, and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer through the Texas Department of Health. A native of White Deer, Texas; Gililland’s responsibilities include serving as the administrator for the Sports Medicine Division, insurance coordinator, clinical instructor to ATEP athletic training students and providing athletic training care for football, men’s basketball, and golf.
Gililland is a 1998 graduate of HSU with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in All-Level Physical Education and a 2000 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, earning a Master’s of Science in Education Degree. Prior to his return to HSU in 2002, he served for two years as the Head Athletic Trainer/Clinical Director of Sports Medicine at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gililland is actively involved in the profession of athletic training and holds membership with the National Athletic Trainers Association, The Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, and The College Athletic Trainers Society. He has served on both national and district committees and currently is the website committee chair for the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.
In addition to his involvement within the profession, Gililland stays active within the campus and community serving as a volunteer and member of the Leadership Board of Directors for the Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well serving in various capacities at South Side Baptist Church in Abilene.
He is married to the former Andrea Daniel of San Antonio, Texas.
Bertha De La Garza, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Adjunct Instructor Athletic Training
Bertha (Bert) De La Garza joined the HSU Sports Medicine staff in the summer of 2007. Bert holds the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification – Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer through the Texas Department of Health, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength Coaches Association. She came to HSU after a five year stint as a high school athletic trainer in South Texas. She oversees the Grape Street Athletic Training Center and provides athletic training coverage to Men’s/Women’s Soccer and softball and serves as a clinical/classroom instructor in the ATEP.
De La Garza graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1998 and completed the NATA Internship athletic training program at Texas Lutheran in 2000. She earned a Masters Degree in Athletic Training from Indian State University. De La Garza holds membership with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and The Southwest Athletic Trainers Association. She serves as the moderator and emcee for the South Padre Athletic Trainer Society annual meeting at South Padre, Texas.
Wade Green, ATC,
Assistant Athletic Trainer/ Clinical Supervisor of Athletic Training Student
Green joined the HSU Sports Medicine Staff as a full-time employee in the summer of 2010, after serving as a graduate assistant in the program for two years.