National Lightning Safety Council

Katie Flanagan
Katie Walsh Flanagan

Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education
East Carolina University

Board Member
National Athletic Trainer's Association

National Lightning Safety Council

Katie Flanagan is the director of athletic training education at ECU. Her work also includes research in policy and safety. She has authored and co-authored several NATA position statements as well as textbooks in athletic training. She previously served as the athletic trainer for NCAA Division I athletic teams in Illinois and California, the men’s professional soccer team in Chicago, and also served as an athletic trainer on several international trips with United States Soccer.

Flanagan has volunteered in many capacities for NATA and has served in roles in District Three as well as the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. Previously, she served on the Commission of Accreditation on Athletic Training Education executive board, including her role as vice president.

In 2012, Flanagan was inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, and was twice named North Carolina College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year. She received many awards including NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2010, and Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2006. A native of Carmel, California, Flanagan resides in Greenville. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oregon State University, her master’s degree from Illinois State University and her doctorate of education from the University of Southern California.

A short interview with Katie Flanagan