Jack Marucci, MS, ATC

Director of Athletic Training; Football
Position Director of Athletic Training
Undergrad West Virginia (1986) 
Masters Alabama (1988)
Hometown Uniontown, PA
Email jmarucc@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2451

Jack Marucci began in 1996 as the Director of Athletic Training at LSU. Since joining the Tigers, Marucci's leadership and vision has moved LSU to the forefront of Athletic Training at the collegiate level.  As Director of Athletic Training, Marucci oversees the athletic training operation for all 20 varsity sports, which includes supervising a staff of eight full-time athletic trainers and 10 graduate assistants. An experienced athletic trainer with a strong background in collegiate athletics, Marucci helped design the Broussard Center for Athletic Training at Tiger Stadium as well as the one located in the Football Operations Building, which the football team operates out of on a daily basis. Marucci served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Florida State from 1988-96, a stint that included eight bowl trips with the Seminoles. While in Tallahassee, he also served as the host athletic trainer for two NCAA regional baseball tournaments. Marucci graduated from West Virginia in 1986 with a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training and then gained his Master's from Alabama in 1988, serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Crimson Tide from 1986-88. He also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and the Cleveland Browns in 1985. Off the field, Marucci has mastered the art of crafting wooden baseball bats and founded his own company, the Marucci Bat Company. The bat company, which originally started with a workshop in his backyard, now has dozens of Major Leaguers to its credit, including Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Chase Utley, Brad Hawpe and the 2006 NL MVP and home run champion Ryan Howard. In July 2007, the Marucci Bat Company was represented in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game by eight different players. Marucci and his bat company have been featured in numerous national publications including the USA Today. Marucci has two children Gino and Sarah. 


Shelly Mullenix, MS, ATC

Football; Director of Wellness
Position Sr. Assoc. Athletic Trainer, Director of Wellness
Undergrad Florida State (1991)
Masters Florida State (1993)
Hometown North Miami Beach, FL
Email smulle1@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-9208

Shelly Mullenix began at LSU in 1997 as part of the LSU athletic training staff, coming to Baton Rouge from Florida State, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer from 1992-1993. She was promoted to Assistant Athletic Trainer at FSU in 1993 and served in that capacity until December 1996. As LSU’s Senior Associate Athletic Trainer, Mullenix plays a key role in servicing the athletic training needs of the Football team on a day-to-day basis. She also serves as the supervising Athletic Trainer for the Volleyball team. In addition to Mullenix's role as an Athletic Trainer with the Football program, she also was given the title of Director of Wellness in the Spring of 2009. As the Director of Wellness, Mullenix’s duties are very diverse. She serves as the Athletic Training Liaison to the Athletic Department Assistance Program (ADAP) which helps to maintain the physical and psychological well being of the student-athlete and is the Athletic Training Liaison to the Academic Center for Student-Athletes assisting in the identification and treatment of academic and behavioral issues. She is the Athletic Department’s Nutritional Consultant working with the student-athletes in providing nutritional guidance given in both team format as well as one-on-one individualized counseling. With the use of state-of-the-art computer analysis, Mullenix is able to perform body fat analysis, customize dietary intake and exercise prescription to suit the specific needs of the student-athlete. Administratively, she is responsible for the recruitment of Athletic Training Students, serves as Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor for the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and serves as coordinator of Graduate Athletic Trainer Development. Mullenix also owns Integrated Sports Management, LLC, a consulting company that provides a unique system of program administration integrating four critical components of successful collegiate athletics: drug testing, mental health services, peer leadership and proper nutrition. Through ISM, Mullenix has consulted with several Division I programs and worked three seasons as a consultant for the Miami Dolphins providing support services in the area of nutritional and psychological consultation. She is married to Matthew Mullenix and has twin daughters, Maggie and Briana.


Shawn Eddy, MS, ATC

Men's Basketball
Position Sr. Assoc. Athletic Trainer
Undergrad West Virginia (1994)
Masters Vanderbilt (1996)
Hometown Fairview, WV
Email reddy1@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-4151

As Senior Associate Athletic Trainer, Shawn Eddy is the head Athletic Trainer for the LSU Men’s Basketball program. Prior to joining the Basketball program, he served nine years as the head Baseball Athletic Trainer at Alex Box Stadium for the LSU Baseball Tigers. Shawn arrived in July of 1996 from Vanderbilt University, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for two years. He was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Trainer in 2005 in the athletic department and also oversees the Soccer and Women’s Golf programs. Additionally, he is the supervisor for the daily activities in the Dr. Martin J. Broussard Athletic Training Center, LSU’s state-of-the-art training facility attached to Tiger Stadium.
Eddy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 1994 from the University of West Virginia. He also earned a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt in Health Promotion and Education. Shawn is married to Robin Levy Eddy, who is one of the team dentists for LSU.


Micki Collins, MS, ATC

Women's Basketball; Women's Tennis
Position Sr. Assoc. Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Nebraska (2000)
Masters LSU (2002)
Hometown Chariton, IA
Email msandy1@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2496

Micki Collins entered LSU in 2001 as an Associate Athletic Trainer and is primarily the head Athletic Trainer with the Lady Tiger Basketball team after working with the Lady Tiger Volleyball team in her first year in Baton Rouge. In addition to her duties as the Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Basketball team, Collins serves as the primary Athletic Trainer for the LSU Swimming and Diving teams and assists with the Women’s Tennis team. Collins is also an instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). Collins has a Master’s Degree in Sports Pedagogy from LSU and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska in 2000. While at Nebraska, Collins worked as an Athletic Training Student for the nationally-ranked Cornhusker Football team and for the Women’s Basketball and Gymnastics teams. She married Ken Collins in July of 2005, and has a son, Granger, and daughter, Gia.


Pamela Workman, MS, ATC

SoftballWomen's GolfDrug Prevention
Position Assoc. Athletic Trainer
Undergrad LSU (2005)
Masters Southern Miss (2007)
Hometown Opelousas, LA
Email pworkman@lsu.edu
Phone 225-578-2491

Pamela Workman returns to her Alma Mater and enters her second season serving as an Associate Athletic Trainer for the LSU softball, women’s golf, and drug prevention programs. Workman, a native of Opelousas, LA., spent five seasons as Associate Athletic Trainer at the University of Southern Mississippi.  There, she spent four seasons with the baseball program which included a trip to the 2009 College World Series, and a quartet of NCAA Regional appearances. She also worked with the football and women’s golf programs during her time with the Golden Eagles. Prior to joining USM’s full time Athletic Training program, she served as a graduate assistant working extensively with the football program. The Golden Eagles appeared in back-to-back bowl games and the 2006 Conference USA Championship Game.  Workman received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2005. Two years later, she completed work on her master’s degree in sports management from Southern Miss. Workman is certified and a current member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association along with the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.


Derek Calvert, MS, ATC

Football; Men's Tennis
Position Assoc. Athletic Trainer
Undergrad University of Illinois (2008)
Masters LSU (2012)
Hometown Blue Mound, IL
Email dcalve2@tigers.lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-6070

Derek Calvert returned to Louisiana State University in January of 2014 as an Associate Athletic Trainer with the Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. In August 2016, Derek started working with LSU Football and overseeing Men's Tennis. Prior to accepting this position, Calvert worked with Dr. Williams Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, PA as a Certified Athletic Trainer assisting with patients who had sustained core muscle injuries. He earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from LSU in 2013 while working with the Gymnastics and Football teams. Calvert gained additional experience with the Minnesota Vikings as a Seasonal Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2009-2010. He graduated from University of Illinois in 2008 with a Kinesiology Degree.  Calvert is a native of Blue Mound, IL and is a current member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association as well as the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. 


Cory Couture, MS, ATC, LAT

Baseball; Men's Golf
Position Assoc. Athletic Trainer
Undergrad LSU
Masters Florida State University
Hometown Patterson, LA
Email ccouture@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-1284

Cory Couture joined the Louisiana State University as an Associate Athletic Trainer in January of 2014. His primary responsibilities are to work with the Tiger’s Baseball and Men’s Golf teams. Prior to returning to his Alma Mater, Couture was a member of the Florida State University Sports Medicine staff for two years. There he worked with the FSU Baseball and Men’s Golf teams which included a trip to the 2012 College World Series and two NCAA Regional Championships. Before his time at Florida State, Couture worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for Loyola University New Orleans for four years. Cory graduated from LSU in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training. Two years later, he completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Florida State University while working as a Graduate Assistant with the Football team.  Couture is a native of Patterson, LA. He and his wife Ana were married in July of 2011 They have two sons Cruz and Joaquin.


Hannah Faldetta, MS, ATC

Women's Soccer; Cheerleading
Position Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Purdue University (2012)
Masters West Virginia University (2014)
Hometown Noblesville, Indiana
Email hroudebush@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2050

Hannah Roudebush came at LSU in 2014 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  She is currently working with LSU women's soccer and oversees Cheerleading.  Hannah currently holds a Masters degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Purdue University.  Hannah worked with Volleyball, Rowing, and Baseball while at the West Virginia University.  She was also a student athletic trainer for Purdue Football, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, and Volleyball. Hannah is married to Ken Faldetta, an athletic trainer at Loyola University in New Orleans. 


Mallory Mickus, MS, ATC

Women's Gymnastics
Position Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Indiana University (2008)
Masters Iowa State University (2010)
Hometown Chicago, IL
Email mmickus@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2050

Mallory arrived at LSU in the fall of 2014 and currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  Mallory began working with LSU Women's Gymnastics upon her arrival. Mickus is also an instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).  Mallory holds a Masters of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Learning from Iowa State University.  While at Iowa, she worked with Women's Gymnastics and Women's Swimming and Diving.  She received her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with an Athletic Training Emphasis from Indiana University in 2008.   During her time at Indiana University, Mallory gained experience working with Indiana Aquatics, Women's Basketball, Softball, Track and Field, Men's Soccer, Football, Baseball, Ballet, and Bloomington High School North.  


Joshua Pratt, MS, ATC

Current Position Assistant Athletic Trainer and Drug Prevention Coordinator
Undergrad University of South Carolina (2012)
Graduate Louisiana State University (2014)
Hometown Batesburg, SC
Email jpratt7@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-3894

Josh currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and the Drug Prevention Coordinator here at LSU.  He arrived at LSU in 2012 as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer.  During his first years as a GA, he worked with Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country. The next year he worked with Women's Tennis.  After graduating from LSU, Josh was offered the Drug Prevention Coordinator position in 2014.  Josh holds a Master's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management from LSU.  He also has a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina.  At South Carolina Josh worked with Track and Field and Cross Country in the Fall of 2009.  He then worked with Swimming and Diving in the Spring of 2010, Women's Soccer in the Fall of 2010, Irmo High School in the Spring of 2011, Football in the Fall of 2011, and Campus Recreation and Intramural sports in Spring 2012.  


CJ Walker, MS, ATC

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Track and Field
Position Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Appalachian State University (2012)
Masters The Citadel  (2014)
Hometown  Gastonia, NC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Email cjwalker@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2050

CJ Walker came to LSU in 2017 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with Track & Field. Prior to joining the LSU staff, CJ was the athletic trainer for Track and Field at Western Kentucky. CJ holds a Masters degree from The Citadel. While at The Citadel, CJ covered a range of sports. He received his Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian State, CJ was a student athletic trainer for men's soccer, wrestling, track and field, men's basketball and football.  CJ is married to Catherine Walker, who was also hired in 2017 as the Volleyball Athletic Trainer at LSU.



Maria Berthiaume, MS, ATC

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Swimming and Diving
Position Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Marquette (2015)
Masters LSU (2017)
Hometown Appleton, WI                                                                                                                                                                                        Email mberth8@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2050

Maria Berthiaume came to LSU in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer having worked with the Beach Volleyball and Swimming & Diving teams. In 2017, she was hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer overseeing Swimming Diving. Maria earned her Master's Degree in Sports Management from LSU. and earned her Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training from Marquette University in 2015. While at Marquette University, Maria gained valuable Athletic Training experience as a student athletic trainer with Marquette men's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse and women's volleyball. Berthiaume also completed an internship at Stanford University working with men's and women's gymnastics. 


Catherine Walker, MS, ATC

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Volleyball; Beach Volleyball
Position Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergrad Appalachian State University (2013)
Masters Boise State University  (2015)
Hometown  Aiken, SC                                                                                                                                                                                      Email ctwalker@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-2050

Catherine Walker came to LSU in 2017 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. At LSU, Catherine is the athletic trainer for Volleyball and oversees Beach Volleyball. Prior to joining the LSU staff, Catherine was an intern athletic trainer at Western Kentucky working with Volleyball. Catherine holds a Masters degree from Boise State University where she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer with football. She also received her Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian State, Catherine was a student athletic trainer for football, track and field, and women's basketball.  Catherine is married to CJ Walker, who is the Track and Field athletic trainer at LSU.


Andy Barker, MS, ATC

Position Athletic Insurance/Administrative Manager
Undergrad Clemson (1988)
Masters Florida State (1990)
Hometown Clemson, SC
Email abarker@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-8315

Andy Barker began in 1996 as Senior Associate Athletic Trainer at LSU. Barker came to Baton Rouge following an eight-year stint at Florida State, two years as a Certified Graduate Assistant and six years as a full time Staff Assistant Athletic Trainer. In October 2016, Barker became Athletic Insurance/Administrative Manager. Since coming to LSU, Barker has been an integral part of designing and implementing a state-of-the-art computer tracking program that assists the staff in following the progress and rehabilitation of injuries. The program produces daily injury reports for a variety of sports and it also tracks and monitors purchasing and inventory as well as tracking insurance and medical bill payments. In April 2000, Barker received the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association "Backbone" Award, which recognizes the top Collegiate Assistant Athletic Trainer from the seven states included in the Southeastern district of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
A 1988 graduate of Clemson University, Barker became a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Florida State in 1988. After two years as a graduate assistant, Barker was named an Assistant Athletic Trainer at FSU in 1990 and served in that position until coming to LSU in August 1996. While at Florida State, Barker worked seven bowl games and served as host athletic trainer for the 1995 NCAA Regional Basketball Tournament, seven NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments and the Junior Pan-American Games in 1990. Barker, a native of Clemson, S.C., enjoys playing golf in his spare time. He’s married to the former Andrea Conerly.


Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT

Position Director - Athletic Training Concentration
Undergrad LSU (1990)
Masters Southern Miss (1993)
Doctoral Southern Miss (2000)
Hometown St. Joseph, LA
Email rcastl1@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-7175

Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT currently is the Athletic Training Program Director and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, a position he has held since 2002. He has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 1991, LSBME credentialed athletic trainer (LAT) since 1994, and is an American Red Cross Instructor since 2005. Prior to arriving at LSU in 2002, Castle served as Assistant Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, and also provided medical coverage to the Soccer teams during his stint there from 2000-02. He was responsible for initiating the undergraduate accreditation process for their program as their first Athletic Training Education Program Director.

Dr. Castle has an extensive background in education, clinical practice, and professional service over the last 19 years. In athletic training education, he led LSU's efforts in obtaining its first ever CAAHEP-accredited athletic training program in April 2004 and most recently through its CAATE re-accreditation in 2009. Dr. Castle's clinical practice background has included experiences at the clinic (Baton Rouge Physical Therapy; Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine), high school (Catholic High School in Baton Rouge), college (Staff Athletic Trainer for the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette), and international (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; USOC Sports Medicine Staff for 2003 Pan American Games; and 2004 US Women's Bobsled) levels. After graduation from LSU in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, he earned his Master's Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993, serving as Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Football and Baseball from 1991-1993. From 1998-00, he returned to USM as a Doctoral Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, where he worked with Football and Track and Field and earned his PhD in Administration and Teaching in 2000.

Dr. Castle has been a highly active member of the athletic training profession, having made over 50 presentations at the local, state, national and international levels, numerous publications, as well as serving on various organization committees at state, district, and national levels. Dr. Castle has served on a number of committees over the years for the LATA, and most recently is a member of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee, as well as participating in the development group for the Secondary School Sports Medicine Curriculum Program. On the district level, Castle is currently Co-Chair of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Athletic Training Student Clinical Symposium (2002-present), as well as serving on the SEATA Corporate Partnership Committee and SEATA Athletic Training Educator Conference Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served as chair of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee (2004-08) and as a voting member of the NATA's Education Council Executive Committee (2004-08). In June 2010, he joined the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors as the NATA District IX Board Member.

Outside of the profession, he currently serves on the board for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Heart Association and a member of Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association. Additionally, he currently serves on various departmental, college, and university-wide committees/councils at LSU, including the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC Advisory Council) and the Moodle Development Advisory Committee (MDAC). Dr. Castle has also been recognized for his professional activity and service at various levels. He is the past recipient of the SEATA Education/Administration Award (2009); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2007); SEATA District Award (2005); LATA Charlie Martin Ten-Year Service Award (2003); and Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida (ATAF) College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year Award (2001). In his leisure time, Dr. Castle enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with family. He and his wife (Katherine) and son (William) reside in Baton Rouge.


Amanda Benson, PhD, ATC

Position Assistant Program Director for Athletic Training
Undergrad State University of New York at Buffalo (2000)
Masters Eastern Kentucky University (2001)
Doctoral University of Southern Mississippi (2003)
Hometown Dunkirk, NY
Email abenson@lsu.edu
Phone (225) 578-3549

Amanda Benson entered LSU in Spring 2015 as the Assistant Program Director and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology. Prior to her arrival at LSU, Dr. Benson worked at Troy University where she served in various capacities from 2003-2014 including the clinical coordinator, department chair and program director for athletic training. In addition to her duties as the Assistant Program Director, Benson is an active volunteer to the profession of athletic training. She currently serves on the National Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a Review Team member and site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and has worked with USA Tae Kwon Do.  She has earned various accolades throughout her career including: the Ingalls Award which if given to the most outstanding teacher at Troy University, the College and University Athletic Training Award for the State of Alabama, the SEATA Education/Administration award, and Phi Kappa Phi Scholars Award. Benson has a PhD in Human Performance with an emphasis in Administration and Teaching and during her tenure there provided medical coverage for the Golden Eagles at Track and Cross Country as well as Women’s Soccer. While pursuing her Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky she provided medical coverage to Track and Field as well as football. Benson also was an Athletic Training Student at the University at Buffalo where she gained experience with Women’s Basketball, Wrestling, Football and Men’s Soccer while she earned her degree in Exercise Science. She is married to Scott Benson and has two children, Jack and Caroline.