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Susan L. Craig

Office Manager
Office: 2016 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3351
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: scraig@odu.edu

J. David Branch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Focus: Exercise Science
Office: 2026 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4514
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: dbranch@odu.edu

Dr. Branch is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina-Columbia (M.S., Ph.D.).  In addition to teaching classes in exercise science, he is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and has held previous administrative positions as program coordinator, department chairman, and associate dean. Past research interests include the effects of exercise training on blood volume and more recently the effects of supplements, particularly creatine, on athletic performance.    

Bob Case, phd

 Bob Case, Ph. D.

Associate Professor
Focus: Sport Management
Office: 2025 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-5962
Fax: 757-683-5962
Email: rcase@odu.edu


Dr. Bob Case has held positions as an athletic administrator, coach, and instructor of sport management. He presently serves as the Project Administrator for the National Youth Sports Programs in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He teaches in the areas of legal aspects of sport, facility/event management, and administrative theory in sport. His main research interests are in the areas of sport leadership and curriculum competency development in sport management.


 Sheri Colberg-Ochs, Ph.D.

Focus: Exercise Science
Director, Human Performance Laboratory
Office: 1006B Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3356
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: scolberg@odu.edu

Dr. Colberg-Ochs specializes in diabetes and exercise research. A frequent lecturer around the world, she is the author of over 250 research and educational articles, 10 book chapters, and eight books: The Diabetic Athlete (2001); Diabetes-Free Kids (2005); The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (2006); 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (2007); The Science of Staying Young (2007); Matt Hoover's Guide to Life, Love, and Losing Weight: Winner of "The Biggest Loser" TV Show (2008); The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook (2008); and Diabetes? No Problema (2009). At Old Dominion, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, and nutrition for health, fitness, and sport. A graduate of UC Berkeley (PhD), UC Davis (MA), and Stanford University (BA), she is currently conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with researchers at nearby Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she also serves as adjunct professor of Internal Medicine. A very active professional volunteer, she is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a professional member of the American Diabetes Association, an advisory board member of dLife - For Your Diabetes Life (dLife.com), and a
former board member for the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association.

For more information, visit her website at www.odu.edu/~scolberg

Ed gomez, phd

 Ed Gomez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Focus: Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
Office: 2010 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-6309
Fax: 757-683-4270

Dr. Edwin Gomez is an associate professor of Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies. His research interests include attitudes and perceptions surrounding tourism and ethnic perspectives on leisure and public recreation. His recent research articles have outlined behavioral modeling of ethnicity and recreation, with a focus on the acculturation process. Dr. Gomez teaches courses in marketing, computer applications, event programming, leadership, and socio-cultural dimensions of recreation and tourism. Dr. Gomez is an alumnus of Michigan State University (Ph.D., Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources/Urban Studies), the Rochester Institute of Technology (M.S., Hospitality and Tourism Management), and Salem State College (B.S., Geography/Travel & Tourism).


Eddie Hill, Ph.D., CPRP

Assistant Professor
Focus: Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
Office: 2019 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4881
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: ehill@odu.edu


Dr. Eddie Hill is an assistant professor in the Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies program.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah (2004) with a focus on Youth Development. Eddie Hill earned his B.S (1995) and M.S.Ed. (1998) from Old Dominion University. His focus was on teaching students with learning and behavior disorders. His research interests include: youth development, resiliency-based after school programming, motivation for diabetes management, therapeutic recreation, and outdoor education. He has written multiple grants, published many research papers, and given numerous presentations at professional conferences, all of which targeted positive youth development. Dr. Hill has 15 years experience as a ropes course facilitator, Outward Bound field staff, and educator. He is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).


Laura Hill, Ph.D.

Focus: Exercise Science
Office: 2009 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4624
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: Lhill@odu.edu

Dr. Laura Hill is a graduate of the University of Utah (PhD) and Old Dominion University (MS & BS).  While pursing her bachelor's degree she was a four-year member of the women's swim team. She currently teaches courses in the Exercise Science program and serves as the undergraduate program coordinator. Dr. Hill is also a member of the ASCM and is certified as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS).  Her experience also includes fitness assessment and programming, and Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Hill's research philosophy centers on preventing the onset of debilitating chronic disease and on improving the quality of life.  Her interests include triathlons and spending time with her family. 

Betsy Kennedy, M.Ed.

Senior Lecturer
Focus: Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
Office: 2023 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4703
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: bkennedy@odu.edu

Betsy Kennedy specializes in therapeutic recreation. Her specific areas of interest are physical medicine/rehabilitation and gerontology. At Old Dominion University she teaches ndergraduate courses in the Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies program in the core curriculum as well as in the therapeutic recreation emphasis area.


 Steve Knott

Focus: Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation
Office: 2030 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3355
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: sknott@odu.edu

Steve Knott graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education in May 1977. While attending Old Dominion he was a varsity soccer player, student athletic trainer, vice-president of Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship, and president of the PE Majors Club. After leaving Old Dominion he worked and owned private gymnastics schools in Virginia and New York before accepting a teaching position in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. During his sixteen years with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools he served as a teacher, assistant principal, and most recently the Coordinator of Secondary Health and Physical Education. He completed his Master's Degree in Urban Education at Norfolk State University in 1989 while serving as the cross country coach and assistant track coach. His hobbies are swimming, cycling and running. He is an accomplished triathlete who has competed in the World Championships for Team USA in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He is married to a physical education teacher and has two children.

Aundrea Lyons, Ph.D.

Focus: Sport Management
Office: 2020 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3354
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: mailto:alyons@odu.edu

Dr. Aundrea Lyons is a graduate of Florida State University (PhD & BS) and Mississippi State University (MS). She is a former NCAA Division IA All-American track and field athlete, assistant track and field coach during her tenure at Mississippi State and Florida State, and an intercollegiate athletic academic advisor. Currently, Dr. Lyons teaches courses in introduction to sport management, sport ethics, sport sponsorship & event planning, and sport facilities. Her research interests include managing intercollegiate athletics, student-athlete welfare, and social issues in sport. She is a member of the Gahanna Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lemar Reams, Phd

Lamar Reams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Focus: Sport Management
Office: 2015 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3905
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: lreams@odu.edu

Dr. Lamar Reams in an Assistant Professor of Sport Management.  His research interests include sport consumer behavior, sport sponsorship, and the marketing of non-revenue producing intercollegiate athletics.  Dr. Reams teaches the introductory sport management course, in addition to sport marketing and sport management and leadership.  He has previously worked as an assistant intercollegiate basketball coach and completed his Ph.D. in Sport Administration at the University of Northern Colorado in 2012. 

Lynn Ridinger, Phd

 Lynn Ridinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,
Focus: Sport Management
Office: 2014 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4353
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: lridinge@odu.edu

Dr. Lynn L. Ridinger is an associate professor of sport management. Her research interests include consumer behavior and involvement with women's sports. She has conducted research for the WNBA, WUSA, and ODU Athletics. Dr. Ridinger teaches courses in sport marketing, sport administrative theory, sport psychology, and research methods. Dr. Ridinger is an alumna of The Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Sport Management), Kent State University (M.A. in Athletic Administration), and Central Michigan University (B.S. in Physical Education). Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Ridinger worked as a high school athletic director and coach at Norfolk Academy.

 Corey Rynders, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Focus: Exercise Science
Office: 2003A Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4783
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: crynders@odu.edu

Corey Rynders is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. His research interests focus on the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the metabolic and vascular complications associated with pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.  Dr. Rynders teaches courses in exercise testing, exercise physiology, and exercise endocrinology. In addition, he serves as Director of the Wellness Institute and Research Center at ODU, which is a supervised exercise training facility aimed at improving health outcomes in adults with chronic disease and improving functional independence in older adults. He completed his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Virginia in May 2012.



Stephen Shapiro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Focus:  Sport Management
Office: 2012 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-5078
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: sshapiro@odu.edu

Dr. Stephen Shapiro is an assistant professor of sport management.  His research interests include college athletic fundraising, ticket pricing in the primary and secondary market, and the relationship between attitudes and sport-related consumption.  He has conducted research for multiple college athletic departments, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and individual National Governing Bodies, including USA Taekwondo, USA Softball, and the United States Bowling Congress.  Dr. Shapiro teaches courses in sport finance and statistics.  He is an alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado (Ph.D. in Sport Administration) and the University of Central Florida (M.S. in Management and B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations).  He was also an assistant coach for the softball program during his tenure at the University of Central Florida.  He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Dee Dee.   


Bob Spina, Ph.D.

 Bob Spina, Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Dean
Focus: Exercise Science
Office: 2018 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4995
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: rspina@odu.edu

After completion of the Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Bob Spina was awarded a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health at Washington University School of Medicine. He studied the acute and chronic effects of exercise on cardiovascular function, metabolism and skeletal muscle in young and older men and women. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine where he continued to study the physiological adaptations to exercise that could be applied to maintenance of health and functional capacity in older individuals.  Specifically, he was funded to study the independent and combined effects of exercise and hormone replacement therapy on cardiovascular function in post-menopausal women.

Dr. Spina was also a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Central Florida. His previous administrative experience was at San Francisco State University where he served as Chair and Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Kinesiology and as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Health and Human Services. He served as Chair of Old Dominion's Human Movement Sciences Department from 2006-2013, and now serves as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Assessment, Darden College of Education.


Kim C. Stewart

Assistant Professor
Focus: Health and Physical Education/Motor Learning
Office: 2022 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-5338
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: kstewart@odu.edu 

Dr. Kim Stewart was born and raised here in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Mercer University (B.A in Mathematics), Virginia Tech (M.S. in Human, Nutrition, Foods and Exercise) and University of Florida (Ph.D. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Motor Learning/Control). Before ODU, she coached Division I soccer at Furman University and Virginia Tech as the assistant coach and at Southeastern Louisiana University as the head coach and taught in the Heath, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at Mars Hill
College. Currently at Old Dominion, she teaches motor learning, motor development, coaching education and other physical education courses. Her research interests include agility across the lifespan and sport groups, equipment and handedness transfer of learning, and wellness assessments/programs. Along with Kim's academic experience, she participated in numerous competitive sports, including rugby, field hockey, Division I college basketball and soccer; she also played several years of semi-professional soccer in the USL and one season in Norway. She currently still plays soccer as much as possible, coaches in the local youth league, and volunteers for Girls on the Run; she attempts to incorporate jogging, hiking, trail riding, kayaking or any outdoor activity into her spare time.


David swain, ph.d.

 David Swain, Ph.D.

University Professor, Department Chair
Focus: Exercise Science
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: 2024 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-6028
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: dswain@odu.edu

Dr. Swain, a professor of exercise science, received his PhD in physiology in 1984 from the Medical School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focus is on cardiovascular and metabolic responses to exercise. He originated the concept of oxygen consumption reserve (VO2 reserve) for exercise prescription. He has published numerous scientific articles and is the senior editor for ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition. He teaches courses in exercise physiology, exercise prescription, and advanced cardiovascular exercise physiology. He is a Fellow of the ACSM and holds its highest professional certification, Program Director for preventive and rehabilitative programs. He has served as an Associate Editor for the ACSM's research journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, from 2004 through 2013. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist via the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Swain received the designation of University Professor in 2006, and was a university finalist for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011.

Joshua Weinhandl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Focus: Exercise Science
Office: 1003 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-4754
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: mailto:jweinhan@odu.edu

Dr. Joshua Weinhandl is an assistant professor of exercise science. His research interests are on the biomechanics of injury and participant-specific musculoskeletal modeling. His current research projects have focused on the mechanisms of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and particularly the influences of strength and movement anticipation to knee loading during athletic tasks. He is an alumnus of the University of Wiscosnin-Milwaukee (Ph.D. in Health Sciences), Ball State University (M.S. in Exercise Science), and Greenville College (B.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation). He and his wife, Victoria, have a daughter, Kaydence.


Mel williams, phd

Mel Williams, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Focus: Exercise Science
Phone: (757) 683 - 4995
Fax: (757) 683-4270
Email: profrunner@aol.com

Kim Wint 

Senior Fiscal Technician 
Office: ED 116
Phone: 757-683-5846
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: kwint@odu.edu 


 Xihe Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Focus: Physical Education/Pedagogy
Office: 2019 Student Recreation Center
Phone: 757-683-3545
Fax: 757-683-4270
Email: x2zhu@odu.edu

Dr. Xihe Zhu received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology in 2009 from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.Ed. in Physical Education Pedagogy and Sport Coaching and a B.Ed. in Physical Education, in 2005 and 2003 respectively, from Shanghai Institute of Physical Education. His research interests include children?s achievement motivation, learning in physical education, and physical activity participation. He has presented his research at national conferences, and published in both physical education and educational research journals. Dr. Zhu enjoys the valuable first-hand experiences of interacting with students and teachers in both urban and suburban school contexts.