The Philadelphia Eagles have named former Tennessee Titans assistant athletic trainer Jerome Reid as head athletic trainer. The team also announced the promotion of Joe O’Pella to associate head athletic trainer.
Reid spent the previous four seasons as a member of the Titans athletic training staff and was named the 2017 Joe Warden Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society. Prior to joining Tennessee in a full-time role, he served as an athletic trainer with Saint Thomas Hospital, where he assisted the Titans athletic training staff.
Before moving to Nashville, Reid worked as an athletic trainer at Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia. His other work experiences include a seasonal athletic training staff assistant position with the Miami Dolphins in 2008 as well as a summer athletic training internship with the Titans from 2005-07.
A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Reid is a two-time graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and his master’s degree in health and movement sciences.
O’Pella, who is currently in his ninth full-time season with the Eagles, had held the title of assistant athletic trainer dating back to 2012. He was originally hired by Philadelphia as an athletic training assistant in 2010 after spending two seasons as an athletic training intern from 2008-09.
Prior to joining the Eagles, O’Pella studied at California University of Pennsylvania and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology with a concentration in injury prevention and performance enhancement. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, O’Pella graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in rehab science with a concentration in athletic training.