Athletic Training

E.J. Hairston MS, ATC, LAT, FST II
Director of Sports Medicine

E.J. Hairston is entering his second year with the Waxahachie Indians.  He has spent the previous eight year as an associate athletic trainer at the University of North Texas. Hairston handled the daily operations of the athletic training room and worked primarily with men’s basketball, men’s golf and assisted with football. Prior to North Texas, Hairston worked at Stetson University and Western Carolina University as an assistant athletic trainer.

A native of Lexington, N.C., Hairston graduated from Greensboro College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise studies with an emphasis in athletic training. He later returned to school to complete his master’s degree in 2006 from North Carolina Central University in physical education with an emphasis in athletics administration. While completing his master’s degree, Hairston was an intern athletic trainer at North Carolina State University, working with softball in its inaugural campaign.

After completing his master’s degree, Hairston accepted his first full-time staff position as an assistant athletic trainer at Western Carolina University, where he worked with women’s soccer for two years. He then moved to Florida to work with baseball and men’s basketball at Stetson University. Also during his time there, he worked as the strength and conditioning coordinator for two years.

Nikki Furgerson LAT, ATC
BS in Athletic Training, Texas State

Nikki Furgerson is in her eleventh year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Waxahachie High School and is primarily in-charge of Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Softball.  Nikki graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and is currently working on her Masters of Sports Management at Dallas Baptist University. She has been a teacher in the CTE Department, serving as both a Heath Science and Technology Education teacher and Clinical Rotation Preceptor. She currently attends the Cowboy Church of Ellis County and volunteers her time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide medical coverage for athletic camps during the summer.

Alexandra VZ Stapleton MS, LAT, ATC, CES
MS in Athletic Training, SFA

Alex is going on her third year working as one of the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Waxahachie ISD primarily in charge of Cross Country, Soccer and Junior High sports. Originally from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, she earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Puerto Rico-Ponce. She came to Nacogdoches, Texas to receive her masters in Athletic Training, graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University. Alex comes to us having worked as a Head Athletic Trainer at Livingston ISD. Assistant Athletic Trainer for Lumberton ISD and Assistant Athletic Trainer at Ennis ISD.


Marc Roux, MD
(Orthopaedic Associates of Waxahachie)

Ben Boone, MD
(Baylor Medical Center Outpatient Surgery)