Head Athletic Trainer
College: Florida International University (B.A., M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 14
Jay Sabol begins his Eighth season as Athletic Trainer for the HEAT. He has spent the last 25 seasons with Miami, including 13 as Assistant Athletic Trainer. In his current capacity, he oversees the entire sports medicine staff to keep the HEAT healthy during the regular season, postseason and off-season. Sabol has previously served as the team’s equipment manager and assistant strength and conditioning coach, and served as a team attendant for his first five years with the organization.
Sabol was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University in 1992 with a master’s degree in exercise physiology. As Assistant Athletic Trainer from 1992-95, Sabol covered basketball and soccer for FIU before joining the HEAT full-time in 1995. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health.
Sabol enjoys tinkering with his classic cars in the winter, fishing and boating in his free time during the summer.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of Tennessee. (B.S.) (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 2
Brandon Gilliam enters his second season as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Director of Rehabilitation for the HEAT.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Gilliam spent the last ten years working in private practice. During his last five years in Nashville, Tennessee he created his own practice that specialized in concierge physical therapy and fitness training for entertainers as well as collegiate and professional athletes. Gilliam has consulted with the Dallas Mavericks, University of Tennessee football, basketball, and golf teams, as well as numerous entertainers, collegiate, professional, and olympic athletes. He also served as an adjunct professor at Belmont University School of Physical Therapy where his focus was orthopedics and sports medicine.
Gilliam is SFMA and FMS certified and lectures nationally and internationally on the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) for the North American Sports Medicine Institute.
A native of Sewanee, Tennessee, Gilliam earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science as well as a master’s degree in Human Performance and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee. He continued his education at Belmont University and earned a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.
Gilliam is single and currently resides in Miami.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: UNC Wilmington (B.S.)Old Dominion University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 1
Wes Brown begins his first season as Assistant Trainer for the HEAT after spending the last seven years at the University of Miami as associate athletic trainer. His duties will include managing the day-to-day health of HEAT players during the regular season, postseason and off-season.
During his tenure with the Hurricanes, Brown provided daily medical care for the men’s basketball program as well as the cheerleaders and Sunsations. He also served as an approved clinical instructor for Miami’s CAATE accredited Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.
Prior to his arrival at UM, Brown spent five years at UNC Wilmington where he served as the Director of Sports Medicine for three years. Brown is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, certified Corrective Exercise specialist, certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and a level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist. He also taught classes as an instructor for the Kinesiology department.
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from UNC Wilmington in 2000, before earning his master’s degree in athletic training from Old Dominion University in 2002. Brown, and his wife, Alana, reside in Miami.