Athletics Student Development Staff
Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development
Sports: Men's and Women's Tennis
This year marks Nita’s 23rd year with the Pirates. She began her career with the student development office as a graduate assistant responsible for providing academic support to the men’s basketball team. During her tenure with the program, she has served in several different roles with her most recent as director beginning in 2004.
As director of the student development office, Nita guides all efforts of the program including academic advising and support services, student affairs services and academic eligibility compliance. She is also the academic coordinator for the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Nita earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s in Adult Education from ECU. She has been a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors For Athletics since 1992 where she has served on the New Member Committee and as editor of The N4A News national newsletter.
In her spare time she enjoys travel and experiencing different cultures. She is also avid about the outdoors and nature and enjoys kayaking, biking and cross country skiing.
Assistant Director for Student Development
The 2014 season will represent Brian O'Hara's seventh year serving in ECU's Student Development Office.
Since his arrival on the ECU campus in September, 2008, he has worked exclusively with the Pirate football program in many hands-on academic-related capacities. In addition to communicating and overseeing all facets of academics and continuing eligibility efforts, Brian provides advisement and counsel for time management, life skills, careers and social development.
Prior to accepting a position on the East Carolina staff, Brian was an academic counselor and lab coordinator at alma mater Florida Atlantic for seven years where he worked with the baseball, football, men's basketball, men's golf, women's basketball and women's volleyball programs.
He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from FAU in 1992 before earning status as a Certified Webmaster from the Boca Raton (Fla.) institution in 2000.
Favorite quote: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sports: Men's Basketball, Women's Golf, Volleyball
Sports: Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Track, Men's and Women's Cross Country
A graduate of ECU with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology, Carlester currently serves in the Office of Student Development – Athletics as the Academic Coordinator for the ECU Women's Soccer Team, Men's and Women's Cross Country, and Track and Field Teams. A member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), Carlester provides all facets of academic advising, for student-athletes, including management and monitoring of NCAA continuing eligibility. He also serves as the Orientation Coordinator for incoming freshman student-athletes.
A former student-athlete at ECU (Football 1971-1973), Carlester "Crump" Crumpler, Sr. returned to ECU in 1988 as Director of Athletic Administrative Services. In this capacity Carlester served as Recruiting Coordinator, Travel Coordinator, and a member of ECU's NCAA Compliance Team. In addition to his position in football, Carlester also served 19 years as the Color Analyst for the Pirate Sports Radio Network/ISP Sports Network (1988-2006). Prior to this, Carlester spent time professionally as the Sports Director for WGTM Radio- Wilson, NC and the weekend Sports Anchor for WNCT-TV, Greenville, NC.
A Native of Wilson, NC Carlester enjoys spending time with his family and encouraging anyone under his counsel to protect and honor their family name with character, and to take advantage of his/her unique gifts, by giving their very best effort at all times. His favorite quote, "Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not."
- Walter Bagehot
Abby DeHaas received her Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University in 2009. This is Abby’s first year working in the Office of Student Development, and she is currently serving as one of the Academic Coordinators for the ECU Football Team. She served as a graduate assistant academic counselor at The Citadel Graduate College in South Carolina while receiving her Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Affairs. She then served as an intern at the University of Memphis for one year as an assistant academic counselor.
Sports: Baseball, Women's Basketball
Carrie Drake received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Western Carolina University in 2001. She then received her Master’s Degree in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Campbell University in 2005.
This is Drake’s first year working in the Office of Student Development, and she currently serves as the Academic Coordinator for the ECU Baseball Team and Women’s Basketball Team. Prior to coming to ECU, Drake worked for five years at Iowa State as an Academic Coordinator from 2006-2011. She then served as the Associate Director for Academic Services and Career Development at University of Maryland for two years before becoming a Pirate.
Sue Parisher joined the ECU community in 2003 while serving as the Professor of Military Science for the ECU Army ROTC program. In 2007 Sue retired after serving 21 years on active duty and began her job here in the Student Development Office. For four years Sue has worked as an academic advisor for the football team. Sue has an undergraduate degree from Assumption College in Social Rehabilitation and a master's of science from Central Michigan College in Health Service Administration
Learning Specialist/Tutor Coordinator
A native of Washington, North Carolina, Jennifer Bonner grew up watching and supporting the Pirates. These ties to the university made East Carolina the natural choice for furthering her education. Jennifer received both her Bachelor's Degree in special education and her Master's Degree in recreational therapy administration from ECU. She taught in both the public and private sectors as well as in private mental health. Jennifer was excited to join the Office of Student Development in 2005 where she has served as the Learning Specialist and Tutor Coordinator. When not at the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time along the beaches of eastern NC with her family.
Dr. Michael Felts
Faculty Athletics Representative
Dr. Michael Felts was appointed as interim FAR January 1, 2015. Dr. Felts has served on faculty at ECU since 1986. He was a three-sport athlete in high school. While in college he officiated high school basketball and after graduation coached middle school football, basketball and track. He has two daughters who were NCAA Division 1 athletes, one going on to coach collegiate softball the other serving in student development offices at a two universities.
Dr. Felts is committed to student-athlete model. He works to insure that the student-athlete has the best experience possible while helping to insure that that experience is rooted in the academic ethic of East Carolina University.
Jennifer K. Johnson
Jennifer grew up in Newark, Ohio, and after serving in the United States Navy, moved to Greenville to pursue her education. In August 1999, she began working in Student Development as the Administrative Support Specialist. Jennifer attended East Carolina University where she received a BS in Communication and a BS in Religious Studies (double major) in December 2003. Jennifer completed her M.B.A. (Master's in Business Administration) in June 2006 from N.Y.I.T. (New York Institute of Technology), graduating Magna cum Laude.
Additionally, Jennifer coordinates the student-athlete textbook scholarship program and is the Computer Lab Coordinator for Athletics. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys leading in the music ministries at St. James United Methodist Church, playing violin and piano, ECU football, and reading.
Jennifer is married to Louie, and together they love spending time with their two sons, as well as family and friends.
Kathy joined the Office of Student Development in January 2013 as Administrative Support for the Student Development Tutoring Program. Prior to joining us, she worked with the College of Human Ecology, first at the Intergenerational Community Center managing the grant budget of the 21st Century After School Program, and later in the college office as assistant to the Dean.
She was born and raised right here in Pirate Nation, Greenville, North Carolina, and is proud to admit she, indeed, bleeds purple and gold.
Kathy is married to Alan, who she met while they were both students here at East Carolina University. They are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth, Will, and Evan, who is a senior at ECU.