Athletic Training Staff


 

 

 


 

 

Leroy Heu, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletics Director, Sports Medicine    
Head Athletic Trainer
leroy.heu@athletics.ucsb.edu

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.annable@athletics.ucsb.edu    

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.




 

 

Jackson Smidt, MS, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jackson.Smidt@athletics.ucsb.edu

Smidt joined the UCSB athletic training staff in July of 2017. He currently oversees the medical care for the men’s basketball team and the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

Prior to arriving at UCSB, Jackson was in the role of Assistant Athletic Trainer at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. While there, his primary assignments were with the football team and the men’s and women’s track & field and cross-country teams.

In 2016, Jackson completed his master’s degree in human physiology with an emphasis in post-professional athletic training at the University of Oregon while working as a graduate athletic trainer with the football, baseball, and acrobatics & tumbling teams. Oregon provided an expanded athletic training education that included in-depth work with a variety of manual therapies and rehabilitation techniques. During his stay there he also saw success with the football team going to the Pac-12 Championship game, the Rose Bowl, and the National Championship game. The acrobatics & tumbling team also saw success with an appearance in the National Championship.

Before becoming a board certified athletic trainer in 2014, Jackson completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Bethel University in Saint Paul, MN. He was able to gain clinical experience in a variety of sports including women’s soccer at the University of Minnesota. His clinical experience expanded to the Minnesota Vikings where he spent time as an athletic training intern during spring practices for multiple years.

Jackson is a certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, American Red Cross certified First Aid/CPR/AED instructor, and certified in Graston Technique.

Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife, Chelsea.



 

 

Kenna Hodeaux, MEd, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Kenna.Hodeaux@athletics.ucsb.edu

Kenna joined the UCSB Sports Medicine Staff in August 2017 as a full-time assistant athletic trainer, where she currently works with the Gaucho women’s soccer, track and field, and cross country teams.

Kenna came to UCSB from the University of Arkansas where she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for 2 years while earning her M.A. in Sport Management. While at Arkansas, Kenna worked with the women’s tennis and spirit squads as well as the track and field and cross country teams. She was able to work with several SEC championship teams, individual SEC champions, All-Americans, national champions, and Olympians. She also served as a preceptor for master’s athletic training students.

Prior to her time at Arkansas, Kenna received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Texas Christian University. During her time at TCU, Kenna was able to work with the Horned Frog football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and equestrian teams. She also had experience at Richland High School, All Saints Episcopal School, and North Texas Physical Therapy.

Kenna is originally from Tucson, Ariz. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors, seeing all that Santa Barbara has to offer, and binge-watching Netflix.



 

 

Wednesday Bienusa, MA, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Wednesday.Bienusa@athletics.ucsb.edu

Bienusa joined the UCSB athletic training staff in September of 2017. Originally from Placerville, California, she currently oversees the medical care for women’s basketball, men and women’s swim and women’s water polo teams.

Prior to UCSB, she was in the role of intern athletic trainer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala. While there, she was a part of the team working to rebuild the Blazer football program while also overseeing the medical care of the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

In 2016, Bienusa completed her master’s degree in psychology of sport with an emphasis in psychology of injury at California State University, Fresno. While she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer there, she primarily worked with football and men’s and women’s golf teams. Bienusa was also involved with the undergraduate athletic training education program as a preceptor. During her 2 years at Fresno, she saw success with the football team going to the Mountain West Championships and Hawaii Bowl.

Before she became a board certified athletic trainer in 2014, Wednesday completed her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at California State University, Sacramento. While there, she gained clinical experience working with a variety of sports including men’s soccer, women’s basketball, rowing and football.

Wednesday is is a licensed and certified athletic trainer and is American Red Cross certified First Aid/CPR/AED.



 

 

Arhbie Guce, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Arhbie.Guce@athletics.ucsb.edu

Guce joins the Sports Medicine staff as an assistant athletic trainer and works primarily with men's soccer and baseball.  

Prior to joining UCSB, Arbhie recently had the opportunity to work with USA Volleyball’s men’s and women’s indoor national team as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer. 

He started his athletic training career working for West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation/ Team to Win where he helped cover football at Lakewood High School. Arbhie graduated from Long Beach State with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Arbhie returned to his alma mater in the spring of 2015 where he helped oversee their men’s and women’s track and field team. While working on his master’s degree in the fall of 2015, Arbhie worked as a part-time assistant athletic trainer for Long Beach State’s men’s volleyball and water polo from 2015 to 2017. 

The native of Makati, Philippines enjoys long walks on the beach, watching sports, and eating all his meals with some “extra rice”.