On Friday, October 28, 2016, CPASS inducted three graduates into its 2016 Hall of Fame, presented the Distinguished Service Award and named its 2016 Outstanding Alumna.
Thomas A. Habegger
Thomas Habegger earned his BS degree in sport management from CPASS in 1986 and went on to earn both master’s and doctoral degrees from other institutions. He has been an associate of Columbus State in Ohio for more than 30 years and currently serves as the Dean of the Health and Human Services Division. As the director of intercollegiate athletics at Columbus State, Habegger directed the establishment of the athletic program beginning in 1987, and by the time he left the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, he had forged a nine-sport, nationally recognized program.
Tom Martin received his master’s degree and doctorate from WVU, his National “B” and “A” coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and is a 40-year member of the NSCAA. As guest speaker, clinician and staff coach, he has served on numerous NCAA national committees, regional/national rating and selecting committees and institutional panels. Martin’s coaching and teaching career has spanned five decades.
Chad Starkey received his bachelor’s degree from WVU in 1982 and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. After working as the entry-level athletic training program director and associate professor at Northeastern University, he returned to Ohio University where he is currently a professor, coordinator of the division of athletic training and the post-professional AT program director. He has held numerous leadership positions in the athletic training industry and, in 2009, was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.
Distinguished Service Award:
After graduating from the University of Georgia with his Ed. in 1974, Robert Wiegand joined the faculty of the then- WVU School of Physical Education. For 41 years, Wiegand taught at WVU and, during his tenure, served in a number of professional positions, has had numerous publications and professional presentations as well as several significant grants. Wiegand retired from CPASS in 2015.
2016 Outstanding Alumna:
Linda Carson is the Ware Distinguished Professor Emerita at WVU and the founder and CEO of Choosy Kids, LLC, a company devoted to developing healthy habits early in life. Carson has received many honors and awards over her career for distinguished service to teaching excellence and health promotion. As a former faculty member of CPASS and director of the WVU Motor Development Center she advanced innovative learning laboratories for WVU students and award-winning physical activity programs for infants, babies, toddlers, pre-school and elementary school-age children in both land- and water-based learning environments, earning recognition for involving family members as play partners.