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Kerwin Bell, Head Coach Jacksonville University Football

 His collegiate career began as a walk-on at Florida. All he did was step in as a redshirt freshman in 1984 after an injury to the starter and rewrote the Florida passing record book. By the time his career as a Gator was finished, he had become the all-time leader in passing yards in the Southeastern Conference.

JU’s turnaround isn’t a surprise for those who have followed Bell’s career. A standout at Mayo High School, he walked on at Florida and eventually became one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC – becoming a Heisman Trophy contender. He went on to play professionally in the NFL and CFL, becoming an offensive coordinator in the CFL before building a state powerhouse as the head coach at Trinity Catholic.​

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Mr. Ric Clarson, The PGA Tour, Senior Vice President of Market Development​

Ric Clarson serves as the PGA TOUR’s Senior Vice President for Market Development.  He most recently oversaw the launch of the new Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, formerly the Bob Hope Classic, in La Quinta, CA.

Previously, he oversaw the TOUR’s Brand Marketing department including advertising, promotion and creative services.  In his 29-year career with the TOUR, he has served as director of public relations, director of administration for the Champions Tour, vice president of PGA TOUR Tournament Business Affairs, vice president of Business Development, and he opened and ran the TOUR’s first-ever office in New York City beginning in 2004.

Clarson is a second-generation native of Jacksonville and a graduate of The Bolles School and the University of Florida. In Gainesville, he majored in Public Relations with a minor in Management, and played four years for the Gator basketball team, serving as captain his senior year and earning Southeastern Conference All-Academic Team honors for three seasons.  After playing professionally for two seasons in France and a season in Colombia, Clarson joined the PGA TOUR in March 1983 as a media official. 

 
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Brian Copham, Head Jacksonville University Women’s Soccer Coach

Brian Copham enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Jacksonville University women’s soccer program after guiding the Dolphins to the Atlantic Sun Finals in 2010.

Under Copham, JU has advanced as far as the conference semifinals in his first three seasons, culminating with a 13-5-2 overall record last season.

Since coming to JU, Copham has never had a losing season, crafting a 30-21-9 record. Entering 2011, he needs just two more victories to pass Chris Kouns for second-place on the program’s all-time wins list.

Copham earned A-Sun “Coach of the Year” honors in 2010 after JU registered the fourth-most single-season wins in program history. Seven players earned all-conference honors under Copham’s tutelage, helping the Dolphins reach the A-Sun Tournament championship game against Mercer.

Jerry Crafts, Head JV Coach and Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Jacksonville University Football​

 Former NFL lineman Jerry Crafts begins his third season with the Dolphins. In his first season with the program, Crafts dabbled into several areas including assisting with the offensive line and the junior varsity team.

Crafts joined the JU staff following a one-year stint as head coach of the Erie Freeze in the American Indoor Football League (AIFL) in 2006. He also assisted three years with the NFL Junior Player Development (JPD) and High School Player Develpment (HSPD) in Buffalo, N.Y.

 

Prior to coaching, Crafts logged nearly 20 years of playing experience at every level of professional football, which has included Super Bowls (2), world championships (1) and bowl games (5).

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Rhian Davis, Jacksonville University Strength & Conditioning

 Rhian Davis begins her third season with the Dolphin strength and conditioning staff after spending one year with Florida as the weight room strength coach assistant.

 During her time with her alma mater, Davis assisted in implementing workout programs for Gator swimmers, divers, field events and volleyball. During her time there, the women's swim team claimed the 2009 SEC Championship and two individuals earned Indoor NCAA National Champions: men's triple jump and women's shot put.

 As a student-athlete, Davis was a four-year letterwinner for Florida’s volleyball team. In 2006, she was named a team captain and helped lead the Gators to four SEC titles.  Davis completed her academic career with a B.S. in applied physiology and kinesiology and a B.A. in business administration.

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Dr. Carol Dole, Jacksonville University, Professor of Economics

Dr. Dole is an associate professor in the department of economics at Jacksonville University.  She received her  PhD  in economics from the University of Florida in 1992.    She earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati (1983).  Her undergraduate degree (BS/Journalism) is from the University of Florida (1982). 

She primarily teaches principles of macroeconomics and statistics.   The current focus of her research is  applied microeconomics which supports her interest in teaching sports economics.  She has several research papers in progress including the impact of wage dispersion on NFL team success and the value of personal seat licenses in NFL stadiums.



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Mea Darley, Head JU Cheerleading Coach, Associate Director of Admissions

Mea Felps-Darley enters her ninth year as head coach for the Jacksonville University cheer team and her fourth as the Associate Director of Admissions, Atheltics Liaison.

As head coach of the Dolphins cheer team and Spirit Coordinator for the Athletic Department, she is responsible for all aspects of the program, including coordinating fund raisers, game performances with the JU band and dance team, mascot performances and all community involved events.

As the Associate Director of Admissions, Darley works primary with all local future JU students, serves on the Jacksonville Commitment Committee and is the Alumni Association Admissions Liaison. Darley Also works as the Admissions liaison for the JU Aviation program.

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Doug Frye, Head Athletic Trainer Jacksonville University

Doug Frye is in his 12th year with the Jacksonville University Sports Medicine department. He was promoted to head athletic trainer in July 2006 after serving as the associate athletic trainer.

As head athletic trainer, Frye is responsible for the daily care, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of the student-athlete's injuries in the Dolphin football program at JU, where he is entering his 10 season in 2011.

A native of Interlachen, Fla., Frye is a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the State of Florida Department of Health, a Certified Athletic Trainer by the Board of Certification, Inc. (ATC), Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Certified Functional Movement Screen Specialist (FMS), and is Certified in Graston Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Frye is also a member of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is an Approved Clinical Instructor by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council.

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Mrs. Libba Galloway, Jacksonville University, Fmr. Deputy Commissioner of the LPGA

Libba Galloway is Executive Director of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists, a non-profit organization which advances the profession of athlete development specialists through education, exchange of best practices, and establishment of professional standards. She is an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and the sport management programs at Jacksonville University and Stetson University.

Until 2010, Ms. Galloway served as Deputy Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, where she was in involved in all aspects of leadership of the LPGA, including broadcast and legal affairs, tournament business affairs and operations, governance, and charitable initiatives.  She was previously the LPGA’s Chief Legal Officer.

 Before joining the LPGA, Ms. Galloway was a partner in the Business and Finance Department of the Cincinnati law firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister.  She graduated from Duke University Law School, and received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of William and Mary.  She was captain of the 1978-1979 Tennis Team, which is in the William and Mary Athletic Hall of Fame.

 Ms. Galloway is on the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and Florida Tennis Center Foundation.  Her previous civic involvement includes serving as President of the William and Mary Alumni Association and Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation.

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Dr. Heather Hausenblas, Jacksonville University, Professor of Exercise Science

Dr. Heather Hausenblas, PhD, is an internationally renowned physical activity and healthy aging expert, researcher, and author. Her research focuses on the psychological effects of health behaviors across the lifespan. In particular, Dr. Hausenblas examines how physical activity and diet relate to healthy aging. More specifically, her research focuses on the effects of physical activity and diet on body image, mood, adherence, eating behaviors, quality of life, and excessive exercise. She has also applied theoretical models to examine the psychological effects of physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum and its relationship to the health of the entire family.

Dr. Hausenblas was recognized early in her career for her outstanding research, and she has been the recipient of several awards. Dr. Hausenblas is the co-author of four scientific books, and she has published over 80 scientific journal articles and conducted over 100 scientific presentations. She has also been the receipt of several research grants to examine the psychological effects of physical activity across the lifespan and its relationship to healthy aging.

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Dr. Richard Karcher, Florida Coastal School of Law, Director of the Center for Law and Sport

Rick Karcher is a professor of law and the director of the Center for Law and Sports at Florida Coastal School of Law.  He teaches primarily in the areas of torts, sports law and business law. 

Professor Karcher is a leading scholar in the field of sports law and speaks frequently on the topic.  His research and publications have focused on the subjects of sports agent regulation, publicity and privacy rights of athletes, college coaching contracts and proving lost earning capacity damages in a professional sports career.  He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in numerous lawsuits.

Karcher was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit where he practiced for five years.  He also played three seasons as a first baseman in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

Karcher received his juris doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with high distinction.

Dr. Jennifer King-Weldon​

Dr. Jennifer Weldon has been working with eating disorders and body image concerns for over 13 years.  She received her Bachelor degree with a triple major from Vanderbilt University, her Masters from Michigan State, and completed her doctorate at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Weldon also did her clinical internship at the University of Florida and her post-doctorate at Jacksonville University.  She has worked with students on body image concerns at Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, Texas A& M University, University of Florida, and currently services as the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Clinical Training at Jacksonville University Counseling Center.  She also teaches 15 different psychology courses at the University including topics on health and wellness.  Dr. Weldon is a licensed psychologist with the Florida Department of Health and a Qualified State Mental Health Supervisor.

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Dr. Jason Lee, University of North Florida, Professor of Sports Marketing, Finance, and Management

Jason W. Lee, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Sport Management at the University of North Florida. Dr. Lee has been published in a wide variety of academic journals including Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of

Hospitality, Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Education (JoHLSTE), International Journal Entrepreneurial Venturing, and International Journal of Sport Communication. Additionally, he has edited two textbooks Sport and Criminal Behavior and Branded: Branding in Sport Business. Dr. Lee maintains an active research agenda in the areas of sport brand management and visual identity in sport.

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Dr. Gail “Buffy” Maetozo, Jacksonville University, Professor of Exercise Science

Dr. Buffy Maetozo has been teaching for 25 years, half of them being at Jacksonville University. She currently teaches within the Exercise Science Department at JU, and specializes in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Substance Abuse, and Exercise and Fitness.

Dr. Buffy attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA for her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. From there, she attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA to obtain a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology. To complete her education, she attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL for her PhD in Teacher Education and PE.

Dr. Buffy enjoys playing and watching sports!

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Andy McLeod, Head Offensive Coordinator, Jacksonville University Football

Andy McLeod begins his seventh season at JU as offensive line coach and his third as recruiting coordinator.

Since coming to JU, he has developed the offensive lines that paved the way for three of the school’s all-time rushing leaders. McLeod’s offensive line opened holes for the third 1,000-yard rushing season in JU history in 2008 as well as the most prolific offense in the program’s history.

As the offensive coordinator from 2003-06, McLeod directed the JU offense to several school records. In 2006, running back Jerry Brant set the school record for rushing yards and became just the third player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

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Dr. Christopher Robertson, Jacksonville University, Professor of Exercise Science​

Dr. Robertson is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Jacksonville University. He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs Brain Rehabilitation Research Center at both Stanford University (2007) and at the University of Florida (2010) where he studied spinal cord mechanisms that influence locomotor rehabilitation in both spinal cord injured and stroke patients.

Dr. Robertson received his PhD in Neuroscience and in Human Performance from Indiana University in 2007. Prior to this, he earned a MS (2002; Motor Control) and a BS (2000; Exercise Science) in Kinesiology from Indiana University. He has earned minors in both Statistics and Psychology.

Dr. Robertson’s research interests stem from when he was a McNair Scholar (1998-2000) and completed research on neuromuscular responses to resistance-training in the elderly. He focused this knowledge by investigating brain and spinal cord mechanisms that control human movement in the unimpaired population (graduate school) and in the impaired population (post-doctoral fellowship). He now studies the neuromechanical basis of human movement and sport performance in athletes.

 

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Jenna Suffel, Jacksonville University Athletic Trainer - Women’s Basketball

Jena Suffel begins her first year at JU as the assistant athletic trainer for women’s basketball and cheerleading.

Suffel comes to JU following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant on the sports medicine staff at Valdosta State University. Suffel worked as the athletic trainer for the volleyball and tennis programs her first year, and assisted with the Blazers’ football team her second year.

During the summer of 2010, she was able to study abroad at the National Taiwan Sports University in Taiwan. Suffel learned traditional Chinese medicine therapy used to reduce inflammation, acupressure therapy/massage and the theory and use of cranial therapy techniques for the treatment of illnesses.

Suffel earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Wilmington College in May of 2009, while securing her master’s in health and physical education from Valdosta State in May of 2011.

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Dr. Kristi Sweeney, University of North Florida, Professor of Sports Marketing, Finance, and Management​

Dr. Sweeney is an Assistant Professor Sport Management at the University of North Florida.

Dr. Sweeney maintains an active research agenda in the areas of women in intercollegiate athletics, sport philanthropy, and most recently sport brand management.  She has been published in a variety of sport management journals and has presented her research at local, state, and national conferences.

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Danny Verpaele, Defensive Backs Coach, Jacksonville University Football​

Danny Verpaele was named as the new coach for the defensive backs this spring by head coach Kerwin Bell.

Verpaele comes to JU after spending the 2009 season at VMI as a defensive assistant. The former University of South Florida player and undergraduate assistant assisted the defensive coordinator with the secondary.

 Verpaele started his coaching career at USF, where he was both a player and undergraduate assistant coach. He lettered three years with the Bulls and participated in four consecutive bowl games. As a defensive back, Verpaele was tabbed a third team freshman All-America strong safety by The Sporting News.

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