Athletic Advisor Board WCU Biographies 

Terry Beattie was named the Director of Athletics at West Chester University in May 2018, after one year in an interim role, and 13 years as the Associate AD. As the Associate AD he oversaw the athletic department's nine on-campus facilities, including John A. Farrell Stadium, Rockwell Field, Serpico Stadium, and Vonnie Gros Field. He was responsible for coordinating scheduling for all of the Golden Rams facilities as well as all game day operations. During this time, he also served on several campus strategic planning and search committees. The native of Rochester, N.Y., Beattie has an extensive background in college athletics dating back to 1991. Beattie began his career as the equipment manager at Nazareth College in Rochester in October of 1991, before accepting the role of director of equipment, facility and event operations at Nazareth in August of 1994. A long time veteran in college athletics, Beattie recently spearheaded the development of the Michael Horrocks Emerging Leaders Institute at WCU, which provides leadership training and development to a select group of outstanding student athletes who, as recognized future leaders, will be taking on the mantle of leadership within their team sometime in the future. Since arriving on West Chester’s campus in 2004, Beattie has taken the lead in upgrading the Golden Ram’s athletic facilities. The university's soccer field was converted to field turf. Farrell Stadium, home to the Golden Rams' football and track & field squads, received a brand new playing surface and state-of-the-art track re-surfacing. Hollinger Field House, home to the Golden Rams' men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball squad, received a face-lift. Vonnie Gros Field, the softball complex and rugby pitch each witnessed new bleachers being installed to enhance spectator comfort. A member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Beattie has served as on-site supervisor and game day manager for multiple prestigious events. These include the following NCAA Championship events: 2005 NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse national championships, the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer regional championships and quarterfinals as well as the 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division II Football first-round playoff competitions. Additionally, Beattie has coordinated all facility operations for the 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 ECAC Women's Gymnastics championships hosted by West Chester University. He has also served as facility and game day manager for a plethora of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship events in his 14-year stint at West Chester University, including both men's and women's basketball, field hockey, women's lacrosse and women's soccer.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member |

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| Campus Phone: x3555

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 |

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| 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 |

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| 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 |

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| Campus Phone: x3301

Kaitlin Hatch is a fourth-year undergraduate student-athlete at West Chester University pursuing a B.S. in Marketing, as well as a minor in Economics. She currently serves as the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a member of the field hockey team at WCU. Kaitlin is also involved in Women In Business, Bringing Hope Home, and volunteers as an art mentor for children with adverse childhood experiences.

Christy Hicks 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 Western Carolina University in Professional Writing and Journalism, her M.A.T. from Western Carolina University in Special Education, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Christy is an avid fan of all things sports and has long loved the Carolina Tarheels. Christy is excited to support our student athletes as a member of the AAB, and she is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2018 – 2021 |

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| Campus Phone: 610-436-3067

Bryan L. Pointer is the Assistant Director of the Dowdy Multicultural Center. He earned a B.S in Sports Management from Delaware State University. During his tenure at DSU, he was a member of the cross country and track and field team. He earned his M.S in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University. In his role at WCU, Bryan promotes the academic achievement and personal development of more than 3,700 African-American, Latino/a, Asian-American, and Native American Indian students at the University.

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|Campus Phone: x2505

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. Tammy is the longest serving member and one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2017 – 2020 |

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| Campus Phone: x6999

David Jones is an Assistant 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. David captained both Media RFC and Schuylkill River RFC to berths in national finals, and is one of only three members of the team to have represented his clubs in both the Men's Rugby Sevens and Men's Fifteens Division One National Championships.
Term: AY 2016 - 2019 |

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| Campus Phone: x2755

Bruce Norris is the Director of the B.S. Liberal Studies: Professional Studies program within the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at WCU. Approximately 40 student-athletes are pursuing this major at any given time (about 10% of all Professional Studies majors). Bruce serves as the academic advisor to all of them. 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 is a 32-year faculty member at WCU who 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 is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals. He has completed the online course “Academic Success and the Student Athlete”, offered jointly by the NCAA and NACADA. He is also currently on the University Academic Advising Task Force. Bruce is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2017 – 2020 |

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| Campus Phone: x3486

Christopher J. Przemieniecki is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice within the College of Business and Public Management. He received his B.S. from Wright State University (Sociology), M.S. from Illinois State University (Criminal Justice), and PhD from University of North Dakota (Criminology/Criminal Justice). Chris brings over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Athletic Advisory Board. He has held positions of Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Coach at various NCAA and NAIA schools from Ohio (Wilmington College, Marietta College, Bowling Green State Univ.), Tennessee (Lambuth Univ.), Illinois (Illinois State Univ.), Minnesota (Univ. of Minnesota-Crookston), and Iowa (Marycrest International Univ.). Before retiring from collegiate soccer in the spring of 2016, Chris last served as the WCU Women’s Soccer Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach from 2009-2015. Chris holds a USSF ‘A’ coaching license, worked with US Soccer and Poland, and attended the Eintracht Frankfurt Youth Academy of the Bundesliga in Germany with his son. He also serves as the NCAA Women’s DII All-American National Chair for the United Soccer Coaches organization (formerly, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America). A former goalkeeper, Chris has played soccer at every level in the U.S. and internationally (Poland and Spain). Over the course of his coaching career, Chris also served as a Director of Coaching and Player Development for youth clubs in Ohio, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. He also coached at the high school level, select travel teams (U8-U19), worked numerous soccer camps across the country, and is currently coaching goalkeepers with Continental FC, a local travel select youth club. As a former player/coach and now educator, Chris is a strong advocate for athletics and the student-athlete’s pursuit for academic excellence.
Term: AY 2018 – 2021 m |

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| Campus Phone: x2875

Joseph Santivasci joined WCU in 2003 as the University Registrar. Currently, he serves as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Campus Planning, and Director of Philadelphia Center. 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 |

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| Campus Phone: x3376

Andrew Slater is a fourth-year undergraduate student-athlete at West Chester University pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy, as well as a minor in Coaching. He currently serves as the Ram Cup Coordinator of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a member of the men's soccer team at WCU. Andrew is also an executive board member for the Exercise Science Club, where he serves as the treasurer. Andrew plans to attend the Graduate School for his Master's in Prosthetics and Orthotics after graduation.

Craig Stevens is a Professor of Exercise Science and Chair of 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. At the collegiate level Craig has been an assistant football coach, assistant powerlifting coach (club), head wrestling coach and Sports Information Director. He has coached high school football, wrestling and lacrosse as an assistant. Craig has coached several youth sports (football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, wrestling) for over 30 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 2017 – 2019 |

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| Campus Phone: x2386

John Villella is the Vice President for University Affairs and Chief of Staff 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 2017 – 2020 |

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| Campus Phone: x3111

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