Athletic Training Faculty
Dr. Katie Walsh Flanagan (Vita) has been the Director of the Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Program for East Carolina University since 1995. Originally from Carmel, California, she obtained her Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Physical Education and Athletic Training. She received her Masters of Science in Sports Medicine from Illinois State University. Dr. Flanagan served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Power Men's Professional Soccer team before returning to California to earn a Doctorate of Education and Administration in 1994 from USC. Dr. Flanagan is an active member of the NATA. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and presented internationally, as well as nationally on her research area, which is lightning.
Dr. Tony Kulas,(Vita) , and Assistant Professor in Health Education and Promotion came to ECU in Fall 2005. Originally from Hadley, Massachusetts, he received his B.S. in Movement Science from Westfield State College in 1998, an M.A. in Physical Education from Western Michigan University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science (sports medicine/biomechanics emphasis) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in spring of 2005.
Prior to coming to ECU, Tony served as an Athletic Trainer in high school, clinic, and college settings. He presently teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training Education Programs. Dr. Kulas' current research interests include investigations into how trunk control muscle function relate to lower extremity injury and biomechanical function. These biomechanical relationships between the trunk and lower extremity will help to gain a better understanding of mechanisms of acute and chronic injuries as well as rehabilitation exercise efficacy. Tony and his wife Julie, also an athletic trainer, have two girls, Saline (born in July 2005) and Hadleigh (born in September 2007). The Kulas family also includes two dogs, Fenway and Gizmo.
Dr. Sharon D. Rogers joined the Department of Health Education and Promotion as an assistant professor in 2007. A native of Wakefield, VA, she earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary in Willamsburg, VA, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a certificate of gerontology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and a Ph.D. in Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. After graduating with her doctorate, she spent two years working with Dr. James Blumenthal at Duke University Medical Center in the division of Behavioral Cardiology. Dr. Rogers has spent more than 10 years practicing as an athletic trainer and in emergency medical services.
She is especially interested in the application of athletic training to non-traditional athletes (i.e., subgroups within the general population). She also studies functional changes in adulthood and the effects of physical activity in special populations of adults.
Andrew D. Pickett MAEd, LAT, ATC joined the Department of Health Education and Promotion as a Teaching Instructor in 2010. A native of Lexington, NC, he received a B.S. in Athletic Training from East Carolina University in 2007 and a MAEd in Health Education from East Carolina University in 2010.
Andrew currently teaches in the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. He serves as Co-Advisor of the Athletic Training Student Club and also serves as a Faculty Advisor for the ECU Pirate Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Aside from attending and enjoying ECU Athletic games and events, Andrew likes to hunt, fish, and spend time at the beach. Andrew is married to the former Mallory Sampson and the couple has a yellow lab named Scout.
Athletic Training Clinical Staff
Mike Hanley, a native of New Rochelle, NY, earned his Bachelor of Science in School and Community Health from ECU in 1982, where he also served as a student athletic trainer. He attended graduate school at Eastern Illinois, where he received his Master's Degree in Physical Education in 1986. Hanley began his collegiate athletic training career at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1986. He also worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Kent State University for three years before returning to ECU. Since 1989, Hanley has been a clinical instructor in the Athletic Training Program, has primary responsibility for football, and currently serves as the Head Athletic Trainer. He also serves as the District III representative to the NATA College/University Athletic Trainer's Committee.
Zac Womack is the Pirate's Head Athletic Trainer and he joined the East Carolina Athletic Training staff in January of 2008 dealing primarily with the nationally-ranked baseball team.
A native of Jamestown, N.C., Womack returned to ECU after spending seven years in the New York Yankees minor league organization. While in the Yankees organization, he spent time with the Gulf Coast Yankees (2001), Greensboro Bats (2002), Battle Creek Yankees (2003-04) and the Trenton Thunder (2005-07). Womack has worked alongside many of the Yankees farm system top prospects, assisted with Major League staff during multiple spring trainings, and well as working Major League rehabilitation assignments.
His main area of concentration is the thrower's arm care/ maintenance program, which focuses on keeping the Pirates pitchers arms healthy and strong. He is a certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and is licensed as an athletic trainer by the state of North Carolina.
With his primary focus at ECU is as an athletic trainer, Womack also works alongside the Strength and Conditioning staff to design baseball specific workout programs for the Pirate pitching staff.
Womack is a proud graduate of ECU where he earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training in 2000.
Nate Clark MS, LAT, ATC joined the East Carolina University Athletic Training staff in the summer of 2008. Nate's primary responsibility is coverage of the men's basketball team. Prior to ECU Nate spent time at North Carolina Wesleyan College and Lafayette College working as an assistant and resident athletic trainer.
Nate began his athletic training career at Lock Haven University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in athletic training. He continued to Ohio University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sports Sciences. At Ohio his primary responsibility as a graduate assistant was covering football.
Clark, a native of Dover, PA, is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is also a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) through the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners. Nate is married to the former Allison Honeycutt. The couple resident in Winterville, North Carolina.
Ashley Anderson joined the East Carolina University athletic training team as an assistant athletic trainer in the summer of 2009. Anderson's primary sport responsibility is working with the women's basketball program. She is responsible for the day-to-day care, injury prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation for the Lady Pirates. In addition, Anderson also serves as the staff advisor for the Athletic Training Student Organization.
Prior to arriving at ECU, Anderson spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana State University, earning a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management and Administration. As a first year graduate assistant, Anderson was an integral part of the Tigers' 2008 BCS National Championship Football program. Her second year was spent overseeing the Women's Soccer program, while simultaneously providing care for the Nationally Ranked Lady Tiger Basketball team.
Anderson began her career in sports medicine as an athletic training student at Florida State University. In 2007, Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a Degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. While with the Seminoles, Anderson worked with numerous sports programs including Football, Softball, Volleyball, and Women's Soccer, earning a national championship with the 2006 Seminoles' Men's Track and Field program.
Anderson, a native of Weston, Florida, is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is also a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) through the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners.