Jay Shoop, a 45-year veteran of the sports medicine profession, returned to Georgia Tech in 2002 as director of sports medicine after a year as head trainer for the Detroit Lions.
Shoop, who oversees all areas of the sports medicine program for the Yellow Jackets' 17 varsity sports, previously served as Tech's director of sports medicine and head trainer from 1987-1999.
Shoop, 66, first came to Tech in 1987 after a two-year stint as head trainer for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also served two years (1983-84) as head trainer of the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, and seven seasons as an assistant trainer for the Atlanta Falcons.
A native of Wise, Va., Shoop earned a B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University in 1970 and a master's degree in 1976 from Furman, where he was head trainer for six years (1970-76).
Shoop served as the chief trainer for the Olympic Village for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and as the head trainer for the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia.
An avid collector of historical sports memorabilia, Shoop authored the official history of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association in 1988. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Shoop is married to the former Anne Brockman. The couple has two children: Farrah, a Tech graduate and husband Corey Gamel, and Lynn and wife Meredith. The Shoops have five grandchildren, Logan, Summer, Owen, Bree and Catherine Rose.