Undergraduate Catalog

Physical Education and Athletics

Director: Shana Levine
Associate Director: Sharon Sexton

Physical education and physical fitness are important aspects of a curriculum that stresses the interrelationship between the physical, mental, and social dimensions of the human experience. Integral to a liberal arts education is recognition and application of the importance of health and fitness. Therefore, Lewis & Clark offers a comprehensive physical-activity program that emphasizes physical fitness and the acquisition of skills and knowledge for lifelong activities in the areas of fitness, recreational activities, sports skills, and dance.

For students interested in practical applications and theory-based learning, the Department of Physical Education & Athletics offers opportunities to collaborate with experienced professionals via independent study or internships to pursue the supervised study of topics not offered in the regular curriculum.

Facilities

Pamplin Sports Center and Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion are the major indoor health and fitness facilities on campus. They house an eight-lane swimming pool, a gymnasium with three basketball courts, an extensive fitness center, and an activity room for self-defense, martial arts, and aerobics classes. Locker rooms are available for people participating in classes, recreation, and athletic events. Griswold Stadium, Fred Wilson Field, and Eldon Fix Track feature a lighted, state-of-the-art track and synthetic playing field. The campus has six tennis courts, four of which are covered. Other facilities include the Huston softball-baseball complex and an outdoor pool, which is open during the summer.

Course Subjects

Specific offerings may include the following:

aerobics

badminton

ballroom dancing

baseball

basketball

bowling

cardio strength circuit

cross training & core conditioning

cycling indoor/outdoor

golf

group fitness

gym class heroes

lifeguard training

martial arts

mountain biking

personal fitness

qi gong (chi kung)/meditation

rock climbing/bouldering

rowing

sailing

SCUBA diving

skiing/snowboarding

soccer

softball

step aerobics

swim fitness

swimming

tennis

volleyball

weight training

women's self-defense

yoga

Graduation Requirement

Students are required to take two physical education/activity courses as part of Lewis & Clark's General Education requirements. The following physical education and athletics courses meet this requirement:

PE/A 101Activities
PE/A 102Varsity Athletics
PE/A 142Wilderness Leadership

Students may register for only one PE/A 101 Activities course per semester, except in the summer semester, when one course may be taken each session. Up to 4 semester credits earned for the courses listed above may be applied toward total credits required for graduation.

Faculty

Monica Baker. Associate director of athletic development. BA 2000 Washington State University.

Tara Boatman. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant athletic trainer. BA 2003 Concordia University.

Aaron Campbell. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant track and field coach, recruiting coordinator. BA 2010 University of Vermont.

Jimmy Chau. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant tennis coach. BA 2001 Lewis & Clark College.

Shawna Cyrus. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head softball coach. BA 2002 Oregon State University.

Angela Dendas-Pleasant. Head strength and conditioning coach. MS 2010, BS 2007 Humboldt State University.

Chris Fantz. Instructor in physical education and athletics, aquatics director, head swimming coach. MA 2012 Lewis & Clark College. BA 1999 University of Puget Sound.

Jacob Hales. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant football coach. BS 2008 University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Paige Hall. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant softball coach. BS 2012 Oregon State University.

Emily Hayes. Instructor in physical education and athletics, interim head volleyball coach. BA 2014 Hope College.

Eric Jackson. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant football coach. BS 1987 Eastern Michigan University.

Randall Jackson. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant men's basketball coach. MA 2018 Greenville University. BA 2006 Point Loma Nazarene University.

Matt Kosderka. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head baseball coach. MA 2003 Concordia University. BS 1998 Willamette University.

Shana Levine. Director of physical education and athletics. JD 2004 University of Pittsburgh. BA 2001 Washington and Lee University.

Jay Locey. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head football coach. MS 1983 University of Oregon. BS 1978 Oregon State University.

Jeremy Loew. Instructor in physical education and athletics, associate head athletic trainer. MS 2003 Oregon State University. BA Lewis & Clark College.

Timothy McCrory. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head men's basketball coach. MPA 2010 University of Missouri. BS 2008 University of Vermont.

Isaac Parker. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant football coach. MAT 2005, BA 2002 Willamette University.

Mark Pietrok. Senior associate director of physical education and athletics, head athletic trainer. MEd 1987, BA 1985 University of Portland.

Brandon Rupp. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant baseball coach. BA 2006 George Fox University.

Sharon Sexton. Associate director of physical education and athletics, senior woman administrator. MEd 1999 Ashland University. BA 1996 St. Bonaventure University.

Sam Taylor. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head rowing coach. BA 2001 University of Puget Sound.

Jim Tursi. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head women's soccer coach. BA 1981 University of Portland.

Kristina Williams. Instructor in physical education and athletics, assistant women's basketball coach. MS 2016 Smith College. BA 2013 Lewis & Clark College.

Keith Woodard. Instructor in physical education and athletics, director of cross country and track and field. BS 1989 Lewis & Clark College.

James Yen. Instructor in physical education and athletics, head golf coach, assistant football coach. MS American Public University. BS 2002 Linfield College.

Courses

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PE/A 101 Activities

Content: Visit go.lclark.edu/physical_education_courses for current course descriptions (including prerequisites and fees for specific offerings). Focus on principles of physical fitness such as safe techniques, conditioning activities, principles of movement, importance of lifetime fitness. Student participation and attendance emphasized. Credit-no credit. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall, spring, and summer.
Semester credits: 1.

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PE/A 102 Varsity Athletics

Content: Fall varsity sports: volleyball (W), football (M), cross country (MW), soccer (W). Spring varsity sports: swimming (MW), basketball (MW), tennis (MW), track and field (MW), softball (W), baseball (M), golf (MW), crew (MW). Credit-no credit. May be repeated for credit. Registration is subject to coaching-staff approval during the add/drop period.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Annually, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 1.

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PE/A 142 Wilderness Leadership

Content: Leadership, followership, and decision making in a wilderness environment. Five class meetings and extensive outdoor field experience offering opportunities to develop and test interpersonal and technical skills. Credit-no credit. Fee.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Consent of College Outdoors required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 1.

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PE/A 244 Practicum

Content: Internship or practicum to be arranged with instructor.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall, spring, and summer.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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PE/A 299 Independent Study

Content: Independent study topic to be arranged with instructor.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, fall, spring, and summer.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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PE/A 340 Prevention and Care of Injuries

Content: Introduction to athletic training, scientific background for conditioning, influence of factors on performance, psychogenic factors in sports, modalities, injury recognition, first aid techniques, protective equipment.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually.
Semester credits: 4.

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PE/A 405 Advanced Athletic Training

Content: Application of scientific foundations, use of therapeutic modalities, evaluative techniques, manufacturing of protective equipment and strapping, clinical experience.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor required.
Usually offered: Every third year.
Semester credits: 4.

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PE/A 444 Practicum

Content: Independent project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Credit-no credit. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually.
Semester credits: 1-4.

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PE/A 499 Independent Study

Content: Independent topic developed and researched under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing and consent required.
Usually offered: Annually.
Semester credits: 1-4.