Athletic Training Faculty
Dr. Katie Walsh Flanagan (Vita) EdD, LAT, ATC, Professor
Dr. Flanagan 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 University of Southern California. Dr. Flanagan is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). She has published numerous articles, chapters, 3 books, and presented internationally, as well as nationally on her research area, which is lightning. She is married to Sean Flanagan.
Dr. Tony Kulas,(Vita) PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Professor
iDr. Kulas 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 Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Kulas' current research interests include investigations on how trunk biomechanics relate to knee biomechanics with applications to knee rehabilitation and understanding mechanisms of knee joint injury. Tony and his wife Julie, also an athletic trainer, have two girls, Saline (born in July 2005), Hadleigh (born in September 2007), and one boy Helms (born in August 2009). The Kulas family also includes two dogs, Fenway and Gizmo.
Dr. Sharon D. Rogers PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Professor
A native of Wakefield, VA, Dr. Rogers earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a Certificate of Gerontology at the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After graduating with her doctorate, she worked two years as a medical researcher at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Rogers has spent more than 15 years as a practicing athletic trainer and currently provides care to the ECU men and women's golf teams. As Coordinator for Sports Medicine Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Rogers works closely with schools and groups across eastern North Carolina to both understand and improve risks to athletes' health and safety. In 2009 Dr. Rogers began an ongoing partnership with Pitt County Schools (Greenville, NC) to provide Athletic Training Services in the county's six high schools; these schools were recognized with NATA Safe Sports School Awards in 2013. Dr. Rogers also functions as the faculty advisor of the ECU Athletic Training Alumni Group.
Andrew D. Pickett MAEd, LAT, ATC, Instructor, ATEP Clinical Coordinator
A native of Lexington, NC, Mr. Pickett 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 joined the Department of Health Education and Promotion as a Teaching Instructor in 2010.
Andrew currently teaches in the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program and serves as the ATEP Clinical Coordinator, in which he supervises all Undergraduate Athletic Training Student clinical assignments. Andrew also functions as Faculty Advisor of the Athletic Training Student Club and the Faculty Advisor of the ECU Pirate Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Aside from attending and enjoying ECU and local Athletic games and events, Andrew likes to hunt, fish, and spend time at the beach. Andrew, and wife Mallory, live in Greenville and have a yellow lab named Scout.