Hall of Fame


Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh’s contributions to the profession of athletic training began long prior to her arrival in North Carolina.  After obtaining her bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees at Oregon State, Illinois State, and the University of Southern California, respectively, Katie served as an assistant athletic trainer at Western Illinois University, head athletic trainer for the Chicago Power Men’s Professional Soccer Team, and as an assistant professor at Cal State Fresno.  Since taking her current position as program director for ECU’s undergraduate athletic training program in 1995, Katie has presented and published at the local, regional, national and international level on a variety of sports medicine topics.  Most recently, she was a key contributor to the NATA’s newest position statement on preventing sudden death in sport and physical activity.  Katie’s contributions to the state organization include service as the Vice-President from 2002-05.  Katie has been recognized nationally with the NATA’s Service Award (2006) and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2010).


Ken Brown
Ken Brown’s tenure as educator and head athletic trainer at three local high schools has allowed him to care for hundreds of student-athletes and mentor numerous athletic training students. A graduate of Durham’s Northern High School, Ken pursued his bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education from Liberty University and his master’s degree in Education from UNC-Charlotte. Following stints at Pfeiffer & Liberty Universities, Ken has spent the last 21 years serving Durham’s Southern High School (1991-2000), Durham’s Northern High School (2000-06, 2008-present), and Wake County’s Panther Creek High School (2006-08).  Since 1997, Ken has served as an approved clinical instructor for UNC-Chapel Hill’s distinguished undergraduate athletic training program. As chair of the NCATA Secondary School Committee, Ken has worked tirelessly to engage other young professionals and to represent his colleagues in the high school teacher/athletic trainer setting. In addition to his service to the NCATA, Ken has contributed countless hours volunteering in his community in many capacities.

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