Athletic Training Staff




Dr. Nicole Stern
Associate Athletics Director, Team Physician

Nicole Stern, MD, joined the UCSB Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in August 2013 as Team Physician.

Born in the California Bay Area, and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Stern graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in History. She returned to Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson Campus. After medical school, she remained at the University of Arizona and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2001.

Following residency and given her personal interest in sports medicine, Dr. Stern joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She practiced non-surgical orthopedics, while also serving as the Assistant Director of the Indians Into Medicine Program at the University of Arizona and as a volunteer team physician for minor league baseball in Tucson.

In 2003, Dr. Stern completed a one year fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. While in Oklahoma for that year, Dr. Stern served as a team physician for Guthrie High School, Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Blazers professional ice hockey Team, and the Oklahoma City Redhawks professional baseball team.

A couple of months after completing her fellowship, Dr. Stern returned to Tucson, Arizona and joined the staff at the University of Arizona Campus Health Service. While working at the University of Arizona, she volunteered for four years as an assistant team physician for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, covering several games and athletic events. In 2004, Dr. Stern was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine given her role as a preceptor to medical students and an attending physician for the sports medicine fellowship program.

After working at Campus Health for more almost 6 years, Dr. Stern left the University of Arizona to work briefly in private practice with a small group of orthopedic surgeons before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In her position at the University of Arizona in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Stern supervised medical students and residents in Internal Medicine rotations, outpatient clinics, and on the hospital ward service. She also maintained a one half day sports medicine clinic where she practiced non-surgical orthopedics and served as a team physician for Pima Community College. While at Pima, Dr. Stern covered football, as well as men's and women's soccer.

In the fall of 2012, Dr. Stern came to UCSB and worked at the Student Health Service before transitioning to her position with the Athletic Department in August 2013.

She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, President of the Association of American Indian Physicians from 2012-2013, and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine.



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 as the Head Athletic Trainer in 1994.

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. While in school, Leroy also worked as an athletic trainer for the San Francisco 49ers, the National Football League Players Association, and the Hula Bowl Collegiate Football Classic. Post graduation, he accepted the head athletic trainer position at Fremont High School.

In the spring of 1983, Leroy became the assistant athletic trainer for the Arizona Wranglers of the United 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.

Leroy returned to his alma mater in 1984 as an assistant athletic trainer at San Jose State University for seven years. During his second stay in Northern California, 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 had a one-year stay 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, Leroy has been very active around the Athletics Department including the design of the Harry Callihan Athletic Training Room, opened in 2005. He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

He is a member of the NATA and is a qualified examiner of the NATABOC.

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.



Justin Ericson, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer    

Justin became a member of the UCSB staff in August of 2008.

A native of Nebraska, Justin graduated with a Bachelor's in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2002.

He then attended the University of Oregon, where he earned a Master's degree in athletic training in 2008.

During his stay in Eugene, Justin had the privilege of serving as an athletic trainer for the Ducks' football and wrestling squads.




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.