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Dr. Patricia R. Whitley

  • Professor Emerita
  • B.A., Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • M.A., Appalachian State University
  • Ed.D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Pat Rice Whitley was a faculty member at Catawba College from 1964 to 2009. During her tenure she coached field hockey, tennis, volleyball, softball, and basketball. She retired after 45 years of service to the college.

Associate Professors

Dr. Tom Appenzeller Appenzeller.jpg
Office: PEC 108
Phone: (704) 637-4728

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Sport Management
  • B.S., Presbyterian College
  • M.Ed. UNC Greensboro
  • M.S. University of Massachusetts
  • Ed.D. UNC Greensboro


Assistant Professors

BobCasmus.jpgRobert Casmus, MS, ATC
Office: HFH 164
Phone: (704) 637-4350

  • Head Athletic Trainer and Instructor of PE
  • Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
  • B.S. Temple University
  • M.S., University of Arizona

Robert J. Casmus is in his 26th year as head athletic trainer at Catawba College. He oversees all athletic health care services and the athletic drug testing and education program. Read more »

carriegraham.jpgCarrie Graham, MA, ATC
Office: PEC 104
Phone: (704) 637-4662

  • Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
  • B.A., Athletic Training, Catawba College
  • M.A., HPER-Athletic Training, Western Michigan University
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (in progress), University of Connecticut

Dr. James W. Hand JimHand.jpg
Office: HFC 103
Phone: (704) 637-4455

  • Associate Professor of Athletic Training
  • Director of Athletic Training Education
  • B.S., Culver-Stockton College
  • M.S., Ohio University
  • Ed.D., California Lutheran University


BrandyJones.jpgMs. Brandy Jones
Office: PEC 105
Phone: (704) 645-4561

  • Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
  • B.S., Athletic Training, Western Carolina University
  • M.S., Athletic Training, East Stroudsburg University
  • Doctorate of Education in Leadership (in progress), Valdosta State University

This admitted "carb-aholic" who loves Italian food says her interest in sports medicine began in high school.

"While playing basketball my freshman year, I tore my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). As a result of this injury, I had surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. Due to my initial interactions with my physical therapist, I went to college with the intentions of pursing physical therapy as a career; however, after taking an Introduction to Athletic Training course I fell in love with this profession and haven't looked back."


tanjianliang.jpgDr. Tanjian Liang
Office: KH103
Phone: (704) 637-4794

  • Assistant Professor of Sport and Health Sciences
  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., University of Findlay
  • B.Ed., East China Normal University


victorromano.jpgDr. Victor Romano
Office: CENV209
Phone: (704) 645-4580


  • Assistant Professor of Sports and Health Sciences




Mike Eden, MS, LAT, ATCMikeEden.jpg
Office: PEC 101-C
Phone: (704) 637-4780

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Instructor
  • B.S., Elon College
  • M.S., University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Mike arrived at Catawba College in August of 1999 and joined the staff as an assistant athletic trainer and athletic training instructor. Originally from Medford, NJ, Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Elon College in 1995, and completed his graduate study at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1999 where he received a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. Read more »


Brandon Auton, MEd, LAT, ATC
Office: PEC Athletic Training Room
Phone: (704) 637-4267

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Instructor

Brandon joined Catawba College in August of 2011 as an assistant athletic trainer and athletic training instructor.


Leslie Dent, MA, LAT, ATC
Office: PEC Athletic Training Room
Phone: (704) 637-4267

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Lecturer

Leslie joined Catawba College in August of 2011 as an assistant athletic trainer and athletic training lecturer.

Part-Time Instructors

Ginger Ashley


  • B.S., Appalachian State University
  • M.Ed., Wake Forest University



CraigTurnbull.JPGCraig Turnbull
Office: PEC RR
Phone: (704) 637-4475

  • Director of NCAA Compliance
  • Senior Assistant Athletic Director
  • B.S. and M. Ed., East Carolina University



Ted Weant, RPh

  • RPh, University of North Carolina