By Dallas Bordon
Most people wish for a dream job. While growing up, most kids dream of what they will be when they grow up.
Clint Haggard, a 1998 graduate of Madison County High School, might have dreamed of being a professional ballplayer one day — dreams that most kids in sports have. For Haggard, a former Raider soccer player all four years at MCHS and football player for the Raiders in 1994 and 1996, he is living a different kind of dream. Not a dream of playing any type of sport, but a dream of being around the sport of football.
Haggard is the youngest Division I head athletic trainer in the history of the modern NCAA and also the youngest head athletic trainer in the history of the Southeastern Conference. He is currently the head athletic trainer for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
“I’m very thankful to be one of 14 head athletic trainers in the SEC,” Haggard said. “This year was my 13th season of college football and I hope that I have at least 30 or more left in me.”
It was a knee injury suffered in high school that grabbed Haggard’s interest in sports medicine.
“I hurt my knee my junior year playing football and did not play my senior year,” said Haggard. “I reinjured my knee the spring of my senior year which sparked my interest in sports medicine.”
Haggard originally entered the University of Georgia as a pre-veterinary medicine major, but quickly became interested in athletic training and sports medicine. After changing his major, he worked behind the scenes for many different UGA athletic events including football, baseball, soccer, and swimming and diving programs.
“In the summer of 2001, I was also fortunate enough to work with the Indianapolis Colts during training camp where I got to meet many people with whom I still talk to today,” said Haggard.
Haggard’s road to South Carolina had many stops along the way. After graduating with a BSEd in Exercise Science from Georgia in 2002, Haggard immediately went to the University of Alabama as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the football team.
Madison County High School 1998 graduate Clint Haggard, center, is the head athletic trainer for the South Carolina Gamecock football team. He is the youngest Division I head athletic trainer in the history of the modern NCAA.
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