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Introducing the Faculty & Staff of the School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies
Deborah Swanton EdD, ATC, LAT
Dean, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies; Chair, Athletic Training
Dr. Swanton has been with Endicott College since 1993 as the Head Athletic Trainer responsible for the care and prevention of injuries to athletes, and instructor in the Athletic Training Program. She was appointed Chair of the Athletic Training Program in 1995, and under her tenure the Program was granted CAAHEP Accreditation in 1997. She has implemented the Athletic Training Speaker Series designed as an interactive forum in which students and allied health professionals probe topics in sports medicine. Dr. Swanton was appointed Dean of School of Sport Science in 2006 and is Chair of Athletic Training. She currently teaches Athletic Training I and Organization and Administration of Athletic Training. Professor Swanton also teaches in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in the Athletic Administration Program instructing Management and Leadership in Sport and Athletic Administration and Communication in Sport.
Dr. Swanton completed her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University in 2002. She has represented the College at a number of regional and international professional seminars. She is responsible for directing Endicott's partnership with the United Kingdom's Youth Sport Trust (YST) and has organized student internships and faculty development opportunities for faculty and staff in the UK. Work with the Youth Sport Trust also includes coursework and study tours for the development of competition managers in the UK. In April of 2009, Endicott and the YST co- hosted Playing Your Part In the Team, a physical education conference devoted to building a brighter future for young people through physical and education and sport. A number of topics were explored through keynote presentations, networking, workshops, and active learning sessions. Highlights included best practices in teaching physical education in the United States and in the United Kingdom, using physical education to enhance learning across disciplines, incorporating movement in the elementary classroom, and building community links.
Assistant Dean, School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies; Chair, Physical Education/Exercise Science
Dr. Barfield's primary professional interest area is disability sport. His research in this field has examined both the health and social benefits of adapted activity and he currently serves as an international sport classifier and research associate for Lakeshore Foundation (www.lakeshore.org). Dr. Barfield also studies minority student access to sport science programs and professions and he is a member of AAHPERD and ACSM.
Professor Clayman has been a force behind the growth and revitalization of the programs in Sport Science & Fitness Studies. Over the course of her career at the College, Professor Clayman has taught classes in Physical Education, Sport Management, Health Education, Aerobics, and Weight Training. As advisor to the Fitness Club since 1990, Clayman has successfully increased the participation of faculty, staff, and students in aerobics and weight training programs. Her Personal and Community Health classes each semester organize health fairs on campus to create an awareness of health promotion. In addition to her work at the College, Professor Clayman serves as an evaluator of continuing education programs for Aerobics Certification at the national level as well as serving as a professional review for the Desert Southwest Fitness Organization. This organization provides in-service courses for fitness professionals in many various fields.
Andrew Crossley is an adjunct instructor currently teaching Sports Promotion and Marketing. Andrew brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge and expertise from the field of professional sports administration. He spent a dozen seasons in professional baseball and soccer, including stints as General Manager of the Brockton Rox minor league baseball team and Brockton's Campanelli Stadium complex (2005-2007) and as the General Manager and Alternate Governor of the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer (2009-2011). He has also worked for Nashua Pride Professional Baseball (2001-2003), Massachusetts Professional Soccer (2000) and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (1996). He is currently Executive Director of the Boston chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides coaching, sports parenting and student athlete workshops to high school and youth sports organizations throughout New England. Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Language and International Studies from Emory University in 1997.
Alyssa Czarnecki-Duplissie, an adjunct instructor, holds a B.S. in Sport Management and a Global M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. While attending Southern New Hampshire University, she worked for the Sport Management department as both a research and graduate assistant. Her primary focuses included working with the faculty to obtain accreditation (NASPE/NASSM) for the Sport Management program(s); class creation and prep; and the creation, and implementation of the “Beijing Olympic Experience” program curriculum.
Today she wears many hats. In addition to working as an adjunct instructor, she is working with Project Adventure out of Beverly, Massachusetts: a leader in Adventure-based experiential programming which uses active learning to build character, promote team work, and encourage responsibility. She also enjoys teaching as a group fitness and SPINNING instructor in and around the Greater Boston area.
Alyssa’s passion(s) for sport, health and wellness drives her desire to succeed. She has worked both in high school and college athletics as a coach; and as a mentor to elementary and high school students in both New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. Professionally, she has worked in both small business, corporate and academic settings. She has worked in professional sport and international sport, most recently with the IOC during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games. Alyssa has extensive experience in business development (sport and non-sport specific); international business, customer service, AP&AR, sales, people, financial (P&L), budget and marketing management; and is proficient in current design software and social media platforms.
Currently she is pursuing a doctorate in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy. While she is committed to keeping a foot “on the field” as a practitioner in the world of sport business, she ultimately hopes to have a meaningful and positive impact, on the curriculum, programming, and community of a well-rounded and respected institution in the study of sport management.
Beth became a full-time faculty member for the Athletic Training Program in 1998, after teaching as an adjunct for two years. She currently teaches the following classes: Structural Kinesiology, Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise, Kinesiology, Introduction to Athletic Training Labs, Clinical Education 402, Athletic Training II, and First Aid and CPR. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered from years of experience working within the field of Athletic Training. Prior to joining the Endicott staff, Beth was the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for 6 years and Northeastern Illinois University for 4 years prior to that. Beth received her MS degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana in Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology in 1987 and a BS degree from the same institution in Athletic Training/Bioscience in 1985. Besides National Athletic Trainers Certification and Massachusetts licensure, Beth holds CPR Instructors Certification from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Gentile joined Endicott College in 1994, she has held a variety of positions in the College Athletic Department such as Senior Woman Administrator, Head Soccer Coach, Intramural Director, NCAA Compliance Coordinator, Summer Camp Director, and coordinator and instructor in the Sport Management Program. While earning her Master's degree from Springfield College she worked in the Springfield Athletic Department and Springfield Sports Information Department. In 1995, Professor Gentile was appointed Associate Dean of the Sport Science & Fitness Studies Division and continued to teach Principles of Sports Management, Sports Marketing, and Sports Law.
In the fall of 2000, she became a full time faculty member. She genuinely enjoys helping students make the most of their years at Endicott. In 2001 she received her doctoral degree from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Gentile was also the Volunteer Coordinator for the WUSA Boston Breakers in their inaugural seasons. In 2004, Gentile stepped down from coaching the women's soccer team for 11 successful seasons. She was actively involved in coaching with the Beverly Youth Soccer Association serving as Player Development Director for close to 10 years. In addition, Gentile still operates Precision Soccer which runs many youth camps and coach education clinics. In 2012 she was honored with the "I Coach Because" recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In 2006, Gentile was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. Dr. Gentile currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the College. Her research from 2006 to 2009 centered around incorporating technology into the sport management curriculum. She has presented her work at the AAHPERD Convention on multiple years and at the North American Society of Sport Management Conference. She enjoys studying the impact of technology in the Sport Management Curriculum. In the spring 2008 semester, Dr. Gentile conducted research during a sabbatical leave which led to the publication of her book, Teaching Sport Management: A Practical Guide.
Most recently she is a contributing writer at Soccer Nation News with a large reader base. She also served as the Soccer Ambassador and marketing content writer for Korrio, Inc. for the last two years. Gentile is a prolific speaker at a number of youth sport association meetings.
Gentile is most excited about a new initiative that all students are invited to participate in organizing: Sport Awareness Day highlighted with a wheelchair basketball game. Sport Awareness Day will be an annual event aimed to educate community members about the challenges and opportunities for disabled athletes and their families.
Dr. Doug Glazer has extensive teaching experience in physical education and is also a certified athletic trainer. He earned his doctorate from Springfield College, specializing in sport psychology. Dr. Glazer has a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University in athletic training and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Concordia University. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses in exercise science at Springfield College and was an athletic trainer at Yale University, Indiana State University, and Concordia University.
Rick Kelly is an adjunct instructor and a long-time sports media professional who works with CBS Sports and NBC Olympics. He has worked in various different capacities in the sport public relations and media realm. His primary experience has been in media production at ESPN and CBS Sports. He has also worked for NBC Olympics during the last three Summer Olympics. Each organization has a significantly different corporate culture. He has also seen these major sports networks experience significant differences over time which will be discussed in his class.
Dr. Katie Kilty holds an Ed.D. in Sport Psychology from Boston University. She has extensive sport management experience in the applied and academic settings. She also owns her own performance consulting business: MindPower Resources and has recently published a book titled Creating Healthy Habits. She has presented and published nationally and internationally in the areas of performance excellence, women in sport, coach education, adventure education and health and wellness.
A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Jeffrey MacCharles came to Endicott as an adjunct instructor after spending several years in the Marketing and Advertising industry in his hometown of Halifax where he was responsible for managing the accounts of several sport-related clients. Prior to this he spent time as a manager in the fitness industry in London, England. Jeff has undergraduate degrees in Science and Arts from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Master of Arts in Sport Management from London Metropolitan University in London, England. During his postgraduate studies his research was focused on the globalization of professional sport leagues and the organization, administration, financing and legacies of the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
Ann Manzi, an adjunct instructor, is a registered dietician who brings her expertise from the health field into her nutrition courses. She has a dynamic way of presenting health concepts and nutritional information to students and the general population with whom she works.
Jillian McNiff is an adjunct instructor with collegiate and professional sport management experience. She is currently a doctoral student at Boston University writing her dissertation on the early career experiences of sport management graduates.
Richard J. Nastasi
Rich Nastasi received his doctoral degree from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Previous to his appointment at Endicott, he served as an assistant professor in Human Movement and Sport Sciences at the University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia and as a lecturer in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. His academic interests include the study of heroism in literature, the integration of sport and philosophy into an empowering academic framework and the application of constructivist theories in the physical education classroom. Dr. Nastasi has published scholarly articles and commentary in refereed and non-refereed journals, co-edited an international conference' proceedings and has written book chapters on management ethics, scholarship and constructivism. He has presented papers at regional and national conferences as well as international presentations in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Nastasi has given plenary addresses on Character Education and Sport (Australia) and on Scholarship Reconsidered: A Sport Research Perspective (Lisbon). Rich was an athletic director, coach and high school teacher in previous lives. While he once was an intercollegiate basketball and baseball player, he now thankfully limits himself to recreational basketball and jogging.
Dr. Boyun Woo completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Seoul National University, South Korea and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Sport Management at The Ohio State University. Dr. Woo previously taught undergraduate sport management classes at the Ohio State University. She joined Endicott College in 2009 and currently teaches Sports and the Media, Sport Venue Management, Research Methods, and Senior Thesis. Her research interests include organizational behavior, consumer behavior, and cross-cultural studies in sport management.