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WVU's Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences nationally recognized for promoting participation in youth sports

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made physical activity for youth more important than ever—and a West Virginia University organization’s focus on providing opportunity, motivation and access for every child to play sports has been identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences at WVU, one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy Champion program, is part of a growing network to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for youth.

CPASS to honor 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

A collage of all Hall of Fame 2020 inductees

The WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will honor four graduates and name its Outstanding Alumnus and Distinguished Service award recipients during its 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony, October 16 via a virtual ceremony on Zoom. 

The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees are Christopher D. Lantz, Gary J. Quinn, James L. Taylor and Keli M. Zinn. The College will honor P. Kevin Elko with the Outstanding Alumnus and Dallas D. Branch, Jr. with the Distinguished Service Awards. Visit here to view full bios for this 32nd class of CPASS Hall of Fame inductees.  

Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences announces 2020 fall Town Hall series

Young athletes practicing soccer with coach.

This fall, the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science will support coaches, sport leaders and families in West Virginia through the continuation of their free, online town hall event series. Each event will bring together a unique panel of sport and coaching leaders and experts to explore and discuss important sport science related topics that impact youth and scholastic athletes and sports.

The Center will host these free, live virtual meetings through Zoom on August 27, September 24, October 29, November 19 and December 17. The Center will post registration details for each event on the CACSS website . Recordings from spring events are available through the website.

Virtual conference goes on the road to reach CPASS faculty member

Guy Hornsby poses for virtual conference filming in front of green screen.

COVID-19 has caused an upheaval in higher education. Nearly every aspect of academia has needed to reboot, including learning, teaching and anything related to travel. In planning for their fall conference, the National Strength and Conditioning Association is no exception.   

The 2020 Advanced Periodization Virtual Clinic was initially intended, even prior to the pandemic, to operate on a virtual platform, establishing the event as a unique national conference. Once COVID-19 affected travel, NSCA staff decided that, instead of the speakers flying to NSCA headquarters in Colorado Springs to film their presentations, they would send a representative to each of the speakers at their respective institutions.  

CPASS graduate to manage health and wellness efforts on campus

CPASS grad Amy Sidwell is shown, who will manage WVU health and wellness efforts.

A West Virginia University alumna with two degrees has returned to campus to guide wellbeing efforts. Amy Sidwell, Community Health Education M.S. (2000) and Kinesiology-Physical Education Teacher Education Ph.D. (2009), is serving as the new director of the WVU Office of Health Promotion and Wellness.  

The office is dedicated to cultivating the well-being of the campus community by coordinating efforts between all well-being initiatives at WVU. The group is led by Dr. Tara Hulsey, vice president, Health Promotion and Wellness. 

Sports internships to provide real-life skills

WVU football players are in the tunnel, shown ready to enter the field.

Imagine receiving on-the-job experience at a West Virginia University Big 12 conference football game. Or how about having a working assignment at a WVU Women’s soccer match? Now, an innovative partnership will make it possible for College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences students to gain firsthand learning opportunities through internships with the West Virginia University Athletics department.  

As a one-stop shop for your passion in sports, Mountaineer GOAL: Gaining Opportunities in Athletics Leadership Program, provides students with a jump start in the growing sports industry. According to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, in 2019 the North American sports industry will increase by nearly 3 percent for the third consecutive year to a record 73 billion U.S. dollars, as reported by PricewaterhouseCoopers.   

CPASS pays tribute to two long-standing employees

Carol Straight, left, and Robin McKinney, right, are retiring from CPASS.

Two well-established and highly respected professionals within the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will retire from their respective positions as of June 30, 2020. Carol Straight and Robin McKinney share the common threads of loyalty, reliability and commitment, as noted by their colleagues. Between the two, they represent more than 65 years of service with CPASS.   

“With the retirements of Robin McKinney and Carol Straight, CPASS is losing two long-term employees who have served the college extremely well for nearly 70 years total. Their positive influence and efforts have certainly helped CPASS continually evolve into a better college over the years. They have helped to create and maintain a great culture for students, staff and faculty. We are thankful to them for all they have done for the College and we will miss them greatly. We wish them happiness in the next phases of their lives,” said Jack Watson, dean and professor, CPASS.  

WVU faculty member honored by leading international sport psychology organization

Damien Clement is shown in Stewart Hall.

Damien Clement, acting dean, Honors College, and associate professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology/Athletic Training, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, has received Fellow status in the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. AASP will announce Clement’s appointment to Fellow status during the 2020 AASP Annual Conference this October in Orlando, Florida.

“Damien Clement’s election to Fellow is a well-earned recognition of his contributions to AASP and to the field of sport psychology. As an AASP Fellow, Clement will vote on matters involving ethical principles, along with the group’s leaders who are committed to the support and stewardship of AASP,” said Sam Zizzi, Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor and associate dean for research, CPASS.

CPASS faculty member honored for mentoring students while supporting health and wellness

Eloise Elliott has received mentorship award from SHAPE America.

A faculty member at West Virginia University has received national recognition for her work with students while promoting physical activity and wellness within West Virginia and across the country. 

Eloise Elliott, PhD was chosen as the 2020 Mentor of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America. Elliott was to have received the award at the SHAPE America National Convention in Salt Lake City in April. Due to COVID-19, the conference was canceled, however, SHAPE has released a video honoring the award recipients. 

CPASS students create at-home adapted physical activities during COVID-19

Students interacting with children at an Adapted Physical Education Clinic

A group of CPASS athletic coaching education students used remote teaching and learning techniques to reach out to Monongalia County children who would normally participate in the college’s Friday Program group. The CPASS students created a unique distance learning environment for students with disabilities to help them keep active during COVID-19.

When the schools closed due to the pandemic, the ACE 488 students knew it was important to offer an alternative method to help the children stay active.