Article reposted from Bullard Banner News
Author: Micah McCartney
A member of the Bullard High School athletic training department will soon take his talents to the next level, as family and friends gather to witness Wesley Carter sign with the Tyler Junior College athletic training department Tuesday, April 25, inside BHS’s Audry B. Owens Auditorium.
“I am pretty happy about signing with the TJC sports medicine department,” said Carter. “The scholarship I received, which was a full ride minus books and housing really helped me make my decision. It was one of the better things that has happened to me this year.”
Jeff’ Doc” Shrode, the head athletic trainer at BHS, spoke well of Carter at the signing event, saying Carter has provided the program with leadership and hard work.
“Not only is it a great day for him, but it’s a great day for me to be able to see him get to grow in our program and continue his education through the Apache sports medicine program. Wes came into our program and has worked really hard over the years; he’s a personality, and it was really fun to work with Wes. He kept me on my toes, kept me going, and he was a senior leader for our program.”
As a student trainer under Shrode’s supervision, Carter worked alongside his fellow athletic trainers as a trainer for the Bullard Panther varsity football and varsity basketball programs.
“He’s covered just about every sport we offer here at Bullard over the last four years,” said Shrode. “We’re really going to miss him in the program a lot, just because of the hard work ethic and leadership he has.”
During the spring months, Carter laid aside the designation of athletic trainer and picked up a glove and a bat, participating as a member of the Panther varsity baseball team.
Carter also had high praises for Shrode, saying Shrode is responsible for his athletic training knowledge.
“Doc has taught me all that I know,” said Carter. “I am thankful to have had this experience with the BHS athletic department. It was fun working with Doc and the other trainers throughout the years.”
According to Carter, he would like to pursue a career in sports medicine after graduating from college.
Carter is the son of James and Jodi Carter.