Athletics Advisory Board

West Chester University


2016 – 2017 Athletic Advisor Board WCU Biographies

Sharon Began is a Professor in the Department of Biology within the College of Sciences and Mathematics at WCU. She received her BSEd. in Biology from Kutztown University, M.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Sharon was a Division II softball student-athlete at Kutztown and played ASA softball for 15 years. Her current athletic focus is tennis. Sharon is interested in supporting student-athletes in meshing athletic performance and academic pursuits as well as promoting WCU athletics on campus and in the community. Sharon is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2016 - 2019    Email:   campus phone: x2457

Marie Bunner is the Associate Director and Academic Advisor in the Academic Development Program (ADP). Marie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Rhetoric and a Master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and Doctor of Education degree from Saint Joseph’s University. Marie’s experience in academic support services include teaching and learning, academic advising, and special admissions programs. Athletes are among the students admitted to the University through the ADP each year; Marie and the ADP staff are committed to engaging student athletes in learning and assisting them in balancing academic and athletic achievement.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member   Email:   campus phone: x3132

Zebulun R. Davenport joined WCU in the Fall of 2016 as Vice President for Student Affairs. He holds a B.S. in Communications/Public Relations from James Madison University, an M.Ed. (College Student Personnel Administration) from James Madison University, and an Ed.D. (Higher Educational Administration and Leadership) from NOVA South Eastern University. A former collegiate wrestler, Zeb went on enjoy a highly successful martial arts career earning a 4th degree black belt while ranked in the top 10 within the country in his weight class. Zeb has a passion for running, public speaking, student success, and learning.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member Email:   campus phone: x3301

Sarah Garner is in her first year of the Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs masters program at West Chester University. She completed her undergraduate degree at WCU as well and earned a dual degree in Business Marketing and Management. She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). She is also a captain of the Women's Track and Field team and competes in the heptathlon. Additionally, she is the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at WCU.

Jerome (Skip) Hutson is the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs at WCU. He has been at West Chester since 1992. Skip is a 1978 graduate of Salisbury University in Maryland, and a product of the Student Personnel in Higher Education graduate program at The Ohio State University. At WCU Skip serves on many different university-wide committees including the Campus Climate Intervention Team, and is the faculty advisor to the Black Student Union. His work in the area of athletics includes the Sports Equity Committee, Athletic Task Force Review Committee and the Athletic Advisory board. Skip is one of three administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2015 – 2018    Email:      campus phone: x3273

Tammy C. James is a Professor in the Department of Health within the College of Health Sciences at WCU. She received her B.S. (School Health), M.Ed. (Community Health) and Ph.D. (Curriculum& Instruction in School Health) all from Kent State University. Tammy currently serves as the Coordinator for Academic Support Services for Student Athletes. In this role, she oversees the Athletic Mentoring Program. She also created a teaches the Leadership/Life skills class for Student Athletes. This is Tammy’s second “tour of duty” with the Athletic Advisory Board; she last served for 4 years. Tammy is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2014 – 2017    Email:   campus phone: x6999

David Jones is a third-year Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities at West Chester University. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Athletically, David has played rugby for over twenty years and has represented both the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union as a High-school, Collegiate and Men's Club All star selection. David currently captains the Schuylkill River Mens Rugby Football Club, and is one of only three members of the team to have represented the club in both the Men's Rugby Sevens and Men's Fifteens Division One National Championships.
Term: AY 2016 - 2019    Email:   campus phone: x 2755

Peter Loedel is currently the Director of the Center for International Programs and a Professor in the Department of Political Sciences within the College of Sciences and Mathematics at WCU. He was a double major as an undergraduate getting a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies and German Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also has both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Peter played soccer, tennis and water polo in high school and continued to play water polo while at Palomar Community College. He has extensive coaching experience in youth sports. Peter feels that WCU student-athletes are some of the best students he has in the classroom and wants to maintain the balance between academics and athletics. Peter is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2015 - 2018    Email:   campus phone:  x 3435

Ed Matejkovic was named Director of Athletics at WCU in 1995. A 1969 graduate of WCU, Ed spent his previous 12 years at SUNY Brockport, a Division III school where he held the dual role of athletics director and head football coach. He has served president of the PSAC Executive Committee for four years and continues to serve the PSAC on numerous other committees. Ed is the current past-president of the Division 2 Athletic Director's Association, a chapter of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). ). He was recently appointed to the NACDA Executive Board for a three year term. He was named the Northeast Region Division II Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA in June 2009. He is also a member of the ECAC Board of Directors, the ECAC Finance Committee and the ECAC Membership Committee. He served as president of the ECAC during 2002-03. In addition, Ed served on the NCAA Student Athlete Reinstatement Committee, the NCAA Division II East Region men’s basketball championship selection committee and has served on the NCAA Football Task Force – a committee reviewing scholarship allocations in the sport. Since his arrival back on campus both facilities and the fortunes of WCU’s athletic programs have vastly improved. Ed was inducted into the Brockport Athletics Hall of Fame and was selected to the Temple University "Gallery of Success." He earned both his B.S. and M.Ed in Physical Education from WCU, and his Ed.D. (Sports Administration/Athletic Facility Management) from Temple University. Ed holds one of two ex officio positions on the board.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member   Email:  campus phone: x3555

Bruce Norris is the Director of the B.S. Liberal Studies: Professional Studies program within the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at WCU. He earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from West Chester and a M.A. in Physical Education (exercise science concentration) from the University of Maryland. Bruce was a 4-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track while at WCU. He was a certified athletic trainer for 25 years, coached high school indoor track as well as serving as a youth coach for baseball, basketball and soccer. Bruce continues to be interested in the success of WCU athletes both in the classroom, in competition and in life after graduation. In the past he served on the Athletic Department’s Gender Equity Advisory Committee. He recently completed the NCAA/NACADA online course “Academic Success and the Student Athlete.” He is also on the University Academic Advising Task Force. Bruce is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2014 – 2017    Email:   campus phone: x 3486

Jonathan Schumacher is the Athletics and Recreation Senator of the Student Government Association (SGA) and a Junior Communication Studies Major and Political Science Minor. He is also involved in Honors Student Association, University Ambassadors, the University Hearing Board, and am an ADP tutor on campus. He has a huge passion for athletics and played basketball throughout high school. Jonathan is one of three student representatives on the AAB.

Joe Santivasci joined WCU in 2003 as the University Registrar. Currently, he serves as Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. He earned a B.S. from Widener University and has a M.Ed. from the University of Delaware. Joe has coached Little League baseball and now enjoys watching his twin sons play football and lacrosse. Joe has worked to clarify academic policies, help with financial aid, and reduce course scheduling issues as they relate to student-athletes. Joe is one of three administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2016 - 2019    Email:   campus phone: x1030

Craig Stevens is a Professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health Sciences at WCU. He is also West Chester’s appointed NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative He earned his BA (Psychology) from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. (Physical Education: Exercise Physiology concentration) from Springfield College and a Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology, secondary concentration in Medical Physiology) from Temple University. He was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Environmental Medicine within the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Craig was a football, wrestling and lacrosse athlete in high school and continued playing football and wrestling in college. He was the recipient of several athletic awards. Craig stayed at Johns Hopkins after graduation serving as the Sports Information Director, assistant football coach, and both assistant and head wrestling coach. While at Springfield College he was an assistant high school football, wrestling and lacrosse coach. At Temple University he was the assistant Powerlifting coach for Temple’s club team. He has coached various youth sports (football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, wrestling) for over 20 years. He has served as a strength and conditioning consultant for a variety of athletic teams both at UPenn and WCU as well as several local high schools. Craig chairs the Athletic Advisory Board and also serves on the Sports Equity Committee.
Term: AY 2015 – 2017    Email:   campus phone: x2386

Claire Verden is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department Special Education within the College of Education at WCU. She earned a B.S. from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education, her M.Ed. from Temple University and her Ed.D. in Special Education from Arcadia University. Claire played soccer while at West Chester and has been a high school tennis coach and youth sports soccer coach. With a strong love for sports and many student-athletes in her classes Claire wants to support our University’s athletes as a member of the AAB. Claire is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2015 – 2018    Email:   campus phone: 610-738-0514

John Villella is the Chief of Staff and Executive Deputy to the President at WCU. He earned his BS and MM Music Education Degrees from West Chester University and Ed.D. from Widener University. John joined the WCU faculty in 1983 and is probably best known as the director of the marching band from 1992 to 2007. He was an assistant coach for youth baseball and enjoys playing golf. He is an advocate of student success an important outcome in both the arts and athletics. John is one of three administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2014 – 2017    Email:   campus phone: x6974