Rod Walters is in his 16th year as head athletic trainer at South Carolina. Walters will be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in the summer of 2005, the highest honor the Association can bestow upon an athletic trainer.
At USC, Walters coordinates the entire athletic training and rehabilitation programs for the Gamecocks. His primary responsibility is with the football team and the athletic program's sports medicine area. Walters also works with USC's Wellness Program.
Walters, who was elevated to an assistant athletic director in 1996, came to South Carolina from Appalachian State, where he had been head athletic trainer since 1985 and served in the dual capacity of assistant athletic director for the Mountaineers for three years.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Walters is a 1979 graduate of Appalachian State. He also holds a Master's degree from ASU and received his Doctoral degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State.
Walters was head athletic trainer at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) for five years before joining the staff at Appalachian State. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and serves on their College/University Athletic Trainers Committee. He is also on the Adjunct Graduate Faculity in the University of South Carolina's NATA approved Athletic Training curriculum and has had numerous articles published in Athletic Training, American Journal of Sports Medicine and The Physician and Sports Medicine periodicals. Walters served on the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Directors from 1997-2003. He received the NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award at the annual meeting in June, 2003. Rod is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Walters is a member of the professional Board of Advisors for General Sports Turf Systems. He also was on the NATA's Appropriate Medical Care Task Force structuring health care for the future of college athletics.
He has been a featured speaker at various athletic training and sports medicine clinics at both the national and international levels. Walters also is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute and was a 1997 recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America award.
Walters married the former Susan Ferguson on Dec. 11, 1999. He has two sons, Ryan and David, and Susan has two children, Bradley and Allison.