The Exercise and Sport Science program equips students with the academic knowledge and practical experience needed to develop a scientific understanding of exercise and sports. Students will be prepared to excel in teaching/coaching or health-related professions. Our program also emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how it should be an integral part of the overall educational experience.
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Through the interdisciplinary major option, students may prepare for a career that combines a course of study in exercise and sport science with another field, such as business administration, biology, education, and psychology. Such interdisciplinary degrees accommodate diverse careers, including health/fitness instructor, sports medicine, teaching/coaching, business owner, sports psychologist, athletic trainer, and more.
Students can create their own independent study during the month of January. This course usually relates to future aspirations, such as shadowing physical therapists and/or exercise specialists.
The ESS program will emphasize the importance of personal health, explain the fundamental movements of the human body, encourage appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care, and acknowledge the relationship between food nutrients, physiological, and metabolic systems. This program also prepares students with an aspiration to teach/coach by designing and implementing effective instructional programs.
Senior Conference is a course required for ESS majors and minors, equipping students with the skills necessary to achieve a desired position. From personal statements, cover letters, and resumes to mock interviews, students will be fully prepared to feel confident in pursuing their chosen career.
Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Loren Dawson, Instructor in ESS, Head Football Coach
Ryan Dodd, Instructor in ESS, Head Tennis Coach
Robert Filander, Instructor in ESS, Head Swimming Coach
Michelle Filander, Instructor in ESS, Senior Women’s Administrator, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Teresa Hall, Instructor in ESS
Mark Hudson, Instructor in ESS, Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Joe Morgan, Instructor in ESS, Assistant Football Coach
David Sheridan, Instructor in ESS, Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Michael Silva, Instructor in ESS, Assistant Football Coach
Grace Sokolow, Instructor in ESS, Assistant Football Coach
Rodney Wecker, Instructor in ESS, Assistant Athletic Director, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Caitlin Williams, Instructor in ESS, Head Athletic Trainer
Meet Our Alumni
Justin “Buck” Buchanan ’97 never faced a Hendrix College football team when he played for the ’Roos. Hendrix did not have a football program—and would not until 2013 when the former Austin College lineman wore the whistle as the first head coach in 53 years. “I knew I fit in here at Hendrix, and I… [Read More]
Heather Woods Sanders ’91 carries her coaching persona into the classroom. “I coach both volleyball and calculus to win,” she said. “I want my kids to succeed on the AP Calculus exam so we take an ‘US vs. THEM’ approach to the AP test.” Heather coaches volleyball and teaches calculus at Canyon High School in… [Read More]
Mike Sorrells ’65 earned a business degree and expected to go to work using it. Although he had played football at Austin College and had minored in physical education, coaching was not the original plan. But, plans change. “I’ve known people who have said they wanted to be a coach for as long as they… [Read More]
Ransom Okpala ’14 remembers being on the B team. “I come from a very big family and I’m the oldest of seven,” Ransom said. “When you’re in a big family, everyone wants to find their niche. You want to be different and find something you’re good at.” “In seventh grade I was on the A… [Read More]
Lexi Beeson ’14, now assistant director of strength and conditioning at University of Texas at San Antonio, was preparing for her Austin College graduation and had a job offer on the table. “I was offered a position as a business analyst with a fairly prominent company and realized that the idea of sitting at a… [Read More]
Larry received his Bachelor’s in Physical Education from Austin College in 1985. He pursued a career in coaching football at numerous schools, including Garland HS, Baylor University, Air Force Academy, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, and University of Southern Mississippi. Larry is currently the Tar Heel’s head football coach at… [Read More]
Jeremy Swisher graduated Austin College in 2017, majoring in Biochemical Neuroscience and minoring in Exercise and Sport Science. As an ESS minor, Jeremy crafted an Honors Thesis in the discipline. He is now achieving his MD at Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine.
Intercollegiate Varsity Athletics
Successful participation in a varsity athletic team sport will fulfill the physical fitness requirement for students. Austin College offers varsity sports in men and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, basketball, as well as volleyball, football, baseball, and softball. Explore our ‘Roo Sports!
Basic physical skills development are offered in a variety of selected sports activities. Sample activities include aerobic conditioning, aerobic dance, golf, racquet sports, swimming, and strength training. See the Austin College Bulletin to learn more.