The physical education department provides all Hamline University students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skill necessary to be responsible for their own health and fitness throughout their lives. The department also prepares teachers to provide these same opportunities for elementary and/or secondary school students. Additionally, we prepare students for graduate school or for a nonteaching career related to health and physical education. For those who wish to continue participation in athletics, there are extensive programs both in intramural and intercollegiate athletics.
Hamline supports 19 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women. Certain team sports maintain a junior varsity schedule while the individual sports provide everyone an opportunity to compete. Sports offered for men are football, tennis, soccer, cross-country, basketball, track and field, swimming, baseball, and ice hockey. The sports offered for women are gymnastics, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, track and field, swimming, soccer, fastpitch, tennis, and ice hockey. Intercollegiate athletics at Hamline are an integral part of the academic program. While classroom activities take priority over athletic pursuits, students find time to excel in both areas.
Resources for Nonmajors
Personal health, water safety, first aid, and coaching theory courses are available for all students. Also available are activity courses that emphasize both fitness and lifetime sports skills as well as a full complement of intramural activities.
There are a variety of opportunities for majors in physical education. Students may prepare for careers as teachers, coaches and athletic trainers, as well as for work in a variety of settings outside of education. Recent graduates with teacher certification are successfully employed in teaching/coaching positions in elementary schools to high schools and colleges.
Our exercise and sports science major prepares students to work in cardiac rehabilitation, biomechanical research, physical therapy, and in various phases of the fitness industry.
Daryl Agpalsa, coach/lecturer I. BA 2003, Linfield College.
Guy Ament, coach/lecturer I. BA 2006, Texas Lutheran University.
Garnet Asmundson, coach/lecturer I. BS 1993, Mayville State University.
Scott Bell, coach/lecturer I. BS 1995, University of Minnesota.
Jason Ellenbecker, athletic trainer/lecturer I. BS, UW Stevens Point.
James Good, coach/lecturer I. BA 1994, Linfield College; MS 1999, Oregon State University.
Chris Hartman, coach/lecturer I. BS 1987, Bowling Green State University; MA 1989, United States International University.
Shawn Johnson-Hipp, coach/lecturer I. BA, Minnesota State; MA, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Lynette Jones, coach/lecturer I. BA 1983, Concordia University (NE); MS 1998, MSU Mankato.
Marty Knight, professor. BS 1969, MA 1971, PhD 1988, University of Minnesota.
Brady Larson, coach/lecturer I. BA 2000, University of North Dakota.
Angel Leon, coach/lecturer I. BA 2006, Hamline University.
Jon Lowery, coach/lecturer I, chair. BA, Ohio State University; MA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Lynden Reder, coach/lecturer I. BA 2004, University of Minnesota.
Paul Schmaedeke, coach/lecturer III. BA 1977, Hamline University; MS 1980, University of Arizona.
Curt Sienkiewicz, coach/lecturer I. BA 1994, University of Minnesota Duluth; MA 2003, University of North Dakota.
Frank Vaccaro, coach/lecturer I. BA, Ball State University.
Jason Verdugo, coach/lecturer I. BA 1997, Arizona State University.
Paul Waas, coach/lecturer I. BA 1999, MA 2005, SUNY Oswego.
Nelson Whitmore, coach/lecturer I. BA 1992, St. John Fisher; MS 1995, United States Sports Academy.
Melissa Young-Kruse, coach/lecturer I. BA 1993, Gustavus Adolphus College; MS 2004, Winona State University.
Theodore Zingman, coach/lecturer I. BA 2000, Johns Hopkins University.