Athletic Training Staff






Leroy Heu, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletics Director, Sports Medicine    
Head Athletic Trainer

Leroy Heu, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, joined the UCSB Athletic Training staff in 1994, and is currently the Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine as well as Head Athletic Trainer.

Leroy graduated from San Jose State in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training and a minor in biology. He received his Master's degree in health, physical education, and recreation with an emphasis in athletic administration from St. Mary's College in 1989.

Leroy worked as an athletic trainer for the San Francisco 49ers for 5 years (1978-1983).  During the spring of 1983, Leroy became the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Arizona Wranglers of the Untied States Football League, followed by a return home for a short stay at the University of Hawaii, Manoa as an interim Assistant Athletic Trainer.  The following spring, he returned to the Wranglers in 1984.

Leroy returned to his alma mater in 1984 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at San Jose State University for seven years. He accepted an appointment at UCSB as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1991 before returning to the University of Hawaii, Hilo as Head Athletic Trainer in 1992.

Returning to UCSB in 1994 to serve as Head Athletic Trainer, Leroy has been very active in the Athletics Department, including helping with the design of the Harry Callihan Athletic Training Room which opened in 2005. He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the USA Delegation Medical Staff at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.  He repeated this role for the games in Shenzhen, China in 2011; in Kazan Russia in 2013; and Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.  He was also a member of the USA Medical Team for the 2013 Winter World University Games in Trentino, Italy.

He has been a member of the NATA since 1978 and is currently a member of the Far West Athletic Trainers Association District Convention and Symposia Committee since 2006.  He formerly served as a designated site coordinator and lead examiner for the NATA Board of Certification Examination.  He is currently involved with numerous community service projects.

Leroy resides in Goleta, California while visiting his family often in Honolulu. He is well known around the Athletics Department for his to-die-for barbeque.



Bob Annable, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer    

Bob was born in San Diego and was raised in the north San Diego county town of Encinitas. Bob’s interest in athletic training began in high school where he volunteered as a student athletic trainer after learning some basic techniques from the coaches on the staff. 

Bob enrolled at UCSB in1975. His knowledge and skills were developed by former head athletic trainer Harry Callihan.

Upon graduation from UCSB, Bob served as an intern assistant athletic trainer at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal he was the athletic trainer for the NCAA champion men’s swim team. After the one year internship with Cal, Bob moved across the San Francisco Bay to become head athletic trainer at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.

Bob returned to UCSB from 1987 to 1991. He moved on to work as an outreach coordinator for Healthsouth physical therapy corporation. He was involved with day to day patient care, worked with USA Wrestling on national and international tournaments and rodeo from Little Britches to the professional level. 

Bob returned to UCSB as an assistant athletic trainer in 2001.



Brandi Ross
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brandi Ross joined the athletic training staff at the end of September 2011 and will work primarily with men’s soccer and track and field. She most recently comes from the University of California at Davis where she was an assistant athletic trainer, working with women’s volleyball and softball.  Her first two years also involved working with track and field. While at Southern Oregon University, Brandi spent time as both an athletic trainer and lecturer.  She taught Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries I and II and introduced a women’s self-defense program to the department. Prior to that, she was the head athletic trainer at Konawaena High School on the Big Island of Hawaii.

She received her master's degree in exercise science and health promotion with an emphasis in rehabilitation from the California University of Pennsylvania. In October 2006, she published an article in BioMechanics Magazine entitled "Proprioceptive exercises balance ankle stability and activity". She is looking to start writing more articles in the near future.  She received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1995 from the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she played softball. She finished her athletic training studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she worked with football and baseball.

Brandi feels that continuing education is an extremely important part of athletic training and is always looking for interesting topics to study and review. She has continued her education to become certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. She has furthered her education by attending courses in GRASTON technique, Kinesiotaping and looks to add more advanced courses in the coming years. She is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Far West Athletic Trainers Association (FWATA) and the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA).

In her spare time, Brandi enjoys martial arts, bike riding and cooking.



Kelly Walsh, MS, ATC, LAT, PES    
Assistant Athletic Trainer

A Southern California native, Kelly Walsh returned to our sunny state after a nine-year stay in Massachusetts where she studied athletic training at Northeastern University in Boston.  At NU, she honed her skills through cooperative and clinical education rotations in diverse environments, including Brandeis University, Harvard University and the University of Southern California.  After earning her B.S. 2001, she joined the staff at Marlboro High School as the Head Athletic Trainer.  In her four years there, nearly all of the teams made it into post-season tournaments, where Kelly was able to help four of them take five state titles including back-to-back girls' volleyball titles and the coveted boys' ice hockey title.  

During the spring of 2004, Kelly was sought out by the Boston Panthers semi-pro football team. She joined the staff of this Eastern Football League (EFL) team where her sound skills and quick wit helped her gain the players' trust and respect.  In October, 2004 she assisted the Panthers in advancing to the EFL semi-finals.  

In 2005, Kelly made the move back to California, joining UCSB’s athletic training staff.  While working full time for UCSB, Kelly graduated cum laude from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007; earning a master of science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion with an emphasis in Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention.



Katie Susskind    
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Katie Susskind, a proud Bay Area native, joined the UCSB athletic training staff in December of 2014. She currently works with the men’s basketball program and both men’s and women’s tennis teams. Previously, she worked at Stanford University as an Athletic Training Fellow for 2.5 years, where she worked primarily with the field hockey and tennis teams. She has also gained experience working with a variety of different student-athletes and sports throughout her career and schooling.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Susskind completed her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she worked with the women’s tennis, football, and women’s soccer teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2009 at the University of California, Davis where she worked with their intercollegiate student-athletes for more than 3 years while double majoring in Exercise Biology and Psychology. She has been practicing as a board certified (BOC) athletic trainer since June 2012.

During her time as the primary healthcare provider for the Stanford women’s tennis team, they won the NCAA Team Championship in 2013 and were semifinalists in the NCAA tournament in 2014. Additionally, she worked with the football programs at UC Davis, the University of Arkansas, and Stanford, traveling to the 2012 Cotton Bowl Classic with Arkansas and the 2013 Rose Bowl with Stanford.

Susskind believes in a global and functional approach to injury treatment and prevention, assessing the body and relative mechanics as a whole. Her research interests include mental health concerns, elbow laxity in overhead athletes (specifically tennis), and female athlete health. She is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and has also taken various courses on Kinesiotape and its applications, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), trigger point and myofascial decompression therapy (also known as “cupping”), and the Mulligan Concept (specifically upper quadrant). She is active in the profession at the state and district level, serving on the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) Public Relations Committee by helping to manage their social media presence. She enjoys participating in community outreach opportunities, educating the public on the role and importance of athletic trainers. In January of 2014, she presented at the Northern California divisional convention of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), educating tennis coaches and pros on injury prevention and wellness for tennis athletes of all ages. As a graduate student in 2012, she presented a case study on growth plate fractures in the skeletally immature athlete at the 59th Annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Meeting in San Francisco.



Andrew Shibata   
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Andrew Shibata graduated Cum Laude from Cal State Northridge in 2012, making the Dean's List all four years. He was an intern with the Matadors' strength and conditioning program and also was a boxing fitness assistant and group fitness instructor for the Cal State Northridge Student Recreational Center. 

He recently came from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he worked three years with the women's volleyball, baseball, football, wrestling, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and men's track and cross country teams.

Since 2011, he has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Far West Athletic Trainers' Association and California Athletic Trainers' Association. He is currently certified as an Athletic Trainer, CrossFit coach and American Red Cross Standard First Aid and is American Red Cross CPR/APD for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider Certified.

Shibata attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, lettering in baseball. He played youth hockey and was a boxer at Cal State Northridge.

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