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Exercise Science Faculty

 

Kevin
Kevin Cole, PhD
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Head Track and Field Coach

Contact Information:
Email: cole@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7138 (office)

 

 

 

Maureen
Maureen Dunn, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
Exercise Science Program Director

Contact Information:
Email: dunnm@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7695 (office)

Maureen Dunn joined the Hope Kinesiology Exercise Science Faculty in the fall of 1997. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada; Dunn attended the University of Victoria, British Columbia where she played volleyball and earned her BSc in Human Performance in 1991. For her first 7 years at Hope she served as Head Volleyball Coach, winning 4 MIAA championships and earning 2 berths to the NCAA tournament. Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor in 2003, she resigned from Volleyball before the 2004 season, but remained a member of the teaching faculty in Exercise Science. From 2006-2008, she created and directed the College Employee Wellness program. She has served as the Exercise Science Program Director since 2008.  

Dunn attended graduate school at McMaster University (MSc Human BioDynamics 1994) and the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada (PhD BioPhysics 1997) where her research focused on biochemistry of human skeletal muscle during exercise. Since coming to Hope, Dunn has mentored more than 120 students in independent student-faculty collaborative research projects. Over this time-period her research focus has switched from invasive human muscle tissue investigation to applied carbohydrate ingestion during exercise to video-game related rehabilitation. Funding for these projects has come from a variety of sources and totals more than $125,000.  She has accompanied 15 students to local and national conferences, and has developed relationships with several internal and external collaborators.  Her current research agenda involves balance rehabilitation in persons with MS.

Dunn has taught a variety of courses within Exercise Science, but now teaches primarily Kin 250: Research Methods and Kin 422: Regulation of Human Metabolism. The latter class requires a group research project.

Outside of Hope, Dunn is actively involved as a volunteer for the National MS Society. Having served as a research advocate for the society in the past, she now acts as co-leader for a local MS support group. Dunn and her husband Paul have two children, Natalie & Cameron.

 

 

morrison
Kyle Morrison
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Assistant Cross Country Coach

Contact Information:
Email: morrison@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7287 (office)

Kyle Morrison is a 2004 graduate of Hope College; he is an assistant professor of Kinesiology in the Exercise Science Division.  Prior to returning to his alma mater in the Fall of 2012, Morrison attended Michigan State University to complete his doctorate coursework focusing on human growth, maturation and pediatric exercise science. He will defend his dissertation this year focusing on motor performance and physical activity in overweight and obese children. At MSU, he was mentored by Dr. Joe Eisenmann, a mentee of renowned pediatric exercise scientist, Dr. Robert Malina.

Morrison brings with him a breadth of clinical experiences working with children. He helped establish the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Healthy Weight Center and worked as the center’s pediatric exercise physiologist and program manager for three years. Morrison draws on many of these experiences when he teaches KIN 223- Exercise Physiology Lab, KIN 326- Children, Elderly, and Exercise, as well as KIN 323- Exercise Science and Health.

A former distance runner at Hope, Morrison now is an assistant cross country coach as well as an avid triathlete. He has an astute interest in health human performance and propelling individuals to the pinnacle of their potential. He shares this passion with students and athletes when teaching in courses like KIN 140- Health Dynamics and KIN 308- Nutrition and Athletic Performance.
Morrison feels like the best part of his job is that he gets to interact and “live into” students in the classroom, laboratory, as well as in athletic realm. Morrison will begin a new childhood obesity program on campus in the fall of 2014, he is excited about impacting the health of children and families in the community, as well as providing educational experiences for students amongst various majors.

Kyle and his wife, Penelope, have been married for two years. They have a son, Aidan, and baby daughter, Audrey.

 


Mark
Mark Northuis, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
Head Cross Country Coach

Contact Information:
Email: northuis@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7689 (office)

 

 

John
John Patnott
Professor of Kinesiology
Head Swimming and Diving Coach

Contact Information:
Email: patnott@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7697 (office)

 

 

Becky
Becky Schmidt
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Head Volleyball Coach

Contact Information:
Email: schmidt@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7682 (office)

Becky Schmidt made her mark on Hope volleyball as a student-athlete and is now doing it as coach and faculty member.  Schmidt's nine-year Hope record thru the 2012 season is 236-68 (.776). Her collegiate coaching record, which includes three seasons (33-33) at the University of Redlands, Calif., is 274-101 (.731) which entering the 2012 season ranked 25th nationally among active NCAA Division III coaches.  In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Schmidt teaches courses in Sport Psychology, Health/Wellness, and physical conditioning.  She is an enthusiastic lecturer and has a passion for helping students gain understanding of how motivation, anxiety management, confidence and other psychological skills can affect exercise and sport behavior.  She regularly works with athletes and groups to help them improve their mental game, work better together as a team and develop leadership skills.  Professor Schmidt had an article published in the June-July, 2008 issue of "Coaching Volleyball", the publication of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The article, "Cultivating Competition: Five Scrimmages to Kindle Your Athletes' Competitive Fire."  In November, 2008 she was elected the NCAA Division III representative to the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).  A 1999 Hope graduate, Schmidt played middle blocker and ranked among the NCAA leaders in several statistical categories. She was voted the most valuable player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as both a junior and senior. As a senior she became the first Hope volleyball player to receive NCAA Division III All-American honors and was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  She went on to Miami University in Ohio to pursue a Master's Degree in Sport Behavior and Performance.  Becky is married to David Fleece. David has been the announcer at Hope volleyball matches for several years.

 

 

Leigh
Leigh Sears, PhD
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Head Women's Soccer Coach

Contact Information:
Email: sears@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7695 (office)

Leigh Sears was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and was a 1991 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.  While at Ohio Wesleyan, she was an all-conference player in the North Coast Athletic Conference in three sports — soccer, basketball and track. In her senior year in soccer, she was voted the Ohio and conference player of the year and achieved All-American recognition as a midfielder. In 1998 she was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After time spent coaching at various levels, Sears went on to earn her Masters of Science from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY).  Prior to coming to Hope College, Sears was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach at Marietta College (Marietta, OH).  She also taught Exercise Physiology and Nutrition for the Athletic Training Department.

Sears came to Hope College in 2000 to serve as Head Women’s Soccer Coach as well as a professor of Kinesiology.  Sears completed her PhD from The Ohio State University in 2007, earning promotion to associate professor.  Her dissertation was in Body Image and Over Exercise in Female Athletes involved in Team Sports in the Midwest.  She has also published in the additional area of body image and those involved in individual sports.  Sears’s current research interest remains Body Image and the Female Athlete and how these affect eating as well as exercise habits.

Sears has taught various courses within the exercise science department.  She currently teaches KIN 202: Writing for Exercise Science, KIN 208: Basic Nutrition as well as oversees KIN 299: Internships.  Sears also offers a version of Basic Nutrition online in the summer.  She has become an innovator in the use of technology in and out of the classroom.

Sears and her husband Todd live in South Haven with their son Parker.

 

Stein
Stein Slette, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Contact Information:
Email: slette@hope.edu
Phone: 616.395.7289 (office)

Born and raised in Norway, Stein came to the United States as a high school exchange student in 1978. Following his mandatory military service in Norway, Stein returned to the United States and graduated from Hope College with a degree in Physical Education. For two years following graduation Stein taught at Hope College as a visiting lecturer and was the inaugural coach for the varsity women’s soccer program in 1988. Upon completion of his masters’ degree at the University of Utah, Stein moved to Spokane Washington where he taught and coached at Whitworth College before returning to Hope College in 1993. In 1997 Stein left Hope and worked for several different businesses over the next 11 years. This included running corporate character building programs, starting up satellite businesses, teaching in a private setting and leading several outdoor adventure trips. Stein returned to Hope College in 2008 as an assistant professor of Exercise Science. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University.

Stein’s primary research interest is in performance and balance studies. His current focus is on assisting students who are conducting their own research in the exercise science field.

For leisure, Stein enjoys traveling with his family and most trips tend to be focused around outdoor activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and skiing. Stein resides in Holland with his wife Jane (class of 1981), they have two children Ingrid (class of 2012) and Andreas (class of 2016).



 

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