Athletic Training Staff

Gilbert High School Athletic Training Staff

Byron Millwood – Head Athletic Trainer

Byron Millwood has served as Gilbert High Schools head athletic trainer since 2006. Under direction of the physicians at the Palmetto Health USC Orthopedics, Mr. Millwood is responsible for coordinating sports medicine services for GHS athletes and teaching sports medicine classes. Byron holds national and state certification as an athletic trainer. He earned his undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of South Carolina. Before coming to Gilbert High Byron was a staff athletic trainer at Hammond School in Columbia, and worked with football, baseball, track, swimming and diving, and women’s soccer at the University of South Carolina. Byron is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association. Byron has served on the Lexington 1 health advisory council, South Carolina book adoption committee for Sports Medicine, and the Sports Medicine Standards committee. Byron is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. In 2013 Byron was selected as the athletic trainer for the South team during the North/South Football game. Originally from Gaffney, South Carolina, Byron and his wife Erica live in Lexington and have a son, Sawyer and daughter, Sadie.


Emily Whittington – Athletic Trainer


Ms. Emily Whittington has served as an athletic trainer at Gilbert High School since 2013.  In addition to her duties in athletics, she also serves as an instructor for Health Science and Sports Medicine courses.  She is. Emily received her athletic training degree from Western Carolina University and M.S. from the University of South Carolina.  During her time as an undergraduate at Western, she worked with the soccer, basketball, softball, as well as at local high schools around the community. While a graduate assistant athletic trainer at USC, she served as the athletic trainer for the Equestrian team as well as the assistant athletic trainer at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.  Ms. Whittington also interned at the University of Virginia with their football team.  Emily is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, and serves as an advisor for Gilbert’s Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America.  Originally from Marion, North Carolina, Ms. Whittington lives in Gilbert.



TJ Marsh – Athletic Trainer


Mrs. TJ Marsh is a Staff Athletic Trainer for Palmetto Health USC Orthopedics and has been a member of the Gilbert Sports Medicine staff since 2010. Originally from Georgia, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1995, a Master of Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1998, and her National Registry Paramedic Certificate from Tennessee Tech University in 2003.  TJ is state and nationally certified as an athletic trainer, and a paramedic. Her career has included experience with ice hockey at the semi-professional level, as well as combining her athletic training and paramedic skills in event medical planning, for events such as  NFL-Tennessee Titans and the  United States Marine Corps Mud Run here in Columbia 2010-11. However her first love and the majority of her 18 years as an athletic trainer has been spent in small town, rural high school athletics across Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and here in the Midlands of South Carolina. She moved to South Carolina in 2010, settling in Lexington to be nearer and spend more time her family along with continuing her career with Palmetto Health USC Orthopedics. TJ lives in West Columbia with her husband David and their son John-David.