Pat Jernigan
Pat Jernigan

Hometown:
Atlanta, Ga.

Position:
Head Athletic Trainer

Alma Mater:
Valdosta State, 1998


07/10/2012

Ole Miss Athletics Creates Health And Sports Performance Division

Cutting-Edge Collaborative Approach

After more than a decade in the NFL, Pat Jernigan joined the Ole Miss staff in June 2012 as head football athletic trainer.

In two years with the Ole Miss program, Jernigan has seen the Rebels achieve bowl appearances and wins in both seasons.

Jernigan, who has earned Performance Enhancement Specialists (PES) certification, spent the previous 10 seasons serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' assistant athletic trainer, where he assisted with the treatment and rehabilitation of the Bucs' injured players.

During his second season with the organization in 2002, Jernigan helped the Buccaneers capture their first Super Bowl title. He was also part of three NFC South division titles in his first eight seasons with the club.

Jernigan spent two seasons (2000-01) as Tampa Bay's seasonal intern and also served as the Buccaneers' intern during training camp from 1998-2000. Along with Tampa Bay's training staff, he has also been involved in research on dehydration and exercise in the heat done in conjunction with scientists from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Jernigan graduated from Valdosta State (Ga.) in 1998 with a B.S. in sports medicine and earned a master's degree in health science from Middle Tennessee State in 2000.

While pursuing his master's degree at MTSU, he worked as an athletic trainer for both the football and baseball teams.

A native of Atlanta, Jernigan and his wife Krisden have a daughter, Maier.

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