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Athletic Training Clinical Staff

Zac Womack

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 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

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.

Brian W. Wiese

Brian W. Wiese, MS, ATC, LAT joined the Pirate athletic training staff the summer of 2013 as the assistant athletic trainer with ECU football. A native of Wilmington, NC, he comes from the University of Kentucky where he received his Master of Science in Athletic Training with a focus in functional movement assessment. While at Kentucky he served as a graduate assistant whose primary responsibility was with the Wildcat football program. During his time at Kentucky he also worked with the Rifle program as well as the Men's Basketball program. Brian started his career as an athletic training student at Hope College in Holland, MI where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He worked a variety of sports as well as outreach clinical assignments over his four years. During this time he spent his summers as an intern athletic trainer with the New York Football Giants in 2009 and 2010. Brian is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) as well as a licensed athletic trainer (LAT) in the state of NC.

Jennifer Rangelova

Jennifer Rangelova, is in her second year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for East Carolina. Her primary responsibilities are working with the women's softball team. From 2009-10, she served a graduate assistant for ECU, covering the women's volleyball team as well as softball.

Prior to joining the Pirate athletic program, Merrill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and health with a concentration in athletic training from Iowa State University in 2008. While earning her degree, she was a student trainer for the Cyclones' football, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams.

Merrill is a licensed athletic trainer in North Carolina as well as a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. She completed her master's degree in exercise and sport science with a concentration in sport management from East Carolina in May 2010. The Sioux City, Iowa, native is the daughter of Mitch and Tonya Merrill. She is married to Nasko Rangelova.

Tracy Yoshikawa

Tracy Yoshikawa, first arrived at East Carolina University as a Graduate Assistant in 2010. She obtained her Masters in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Management. While working as a GA, Tracy was the athletic trainer for the Men and Women's Swim and Dive team (2010-2011), Men and Women's Cross Country/Track team (Fall 2011) and the Women's Soccer Team (Spring 2012). Upon graduation, Tracy joined the Pirate Staff full-time as the Women's Soccer Athletic Trainer.

Before coming to ECU, Tracy attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with an Athletic Training major. While at Albion, Tracy worked with the JV football team, baseball team, and Men's Lacrosse team. Tracy also was a student-athlete with the Women's Soccer team. While in undergrad, Tracy also interned with the Kalamazoo College Men and Women's basketball teams, Battle Creek Bombers, and the USTA Jr. Nationals tournament.

Tracy is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer through the North Carolina Board of Athletic Training Examiners, and a member of the National Athletic Training Association. Tracy is also a member of the inaugural class of the North Carolina Athletic Training Association's Leadership Institute.

Mike Hanley with President Bush

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.

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