Physical Education and Athletics
TJ Shelton, James C. Wyant Director of Athletics and Chair, Department of Physical Education and Athletics
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics offers the student a variety of opportunities from challenging academic classes to vigorous recreational activities.
Case Western Reserve University sponsors 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Men's sports include football, soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, tennis and indoor/outdoor track & field. Women's sports include volleyball, basketball, swimming, indoor/outdoor track & field, tennis, cross country, soccer, and softball. Students must be on the roster of the varsity sport to enroll (PHED170-190).
CWRU is a charter member of the University Athletic Association (UAA), sharing in the belief that academic excellence and athletic excellence are not mutually exclusive. The Spartans are joined in the UAA by Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis.
The Spartan football team also maintains affiliate membership in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC).
The department sponsors a variety of intramural and club sport activities, including archery, cheerleading, crew, cycling, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, kendo, kung fu, table tennis, tae kwon do, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and water polo. Sport clubs are available to all students, faculty, and staff. Intramural competition is available in more than 40 activities, and more than one-half of undergraduates participate for relaxation, physical fitness, and a chance to improve skills.
Lifetime Sports Program
The department has designed an instructional program of modern activities and lifetime sports. Each semester, fifteen to twenty-five co-educational lifetime sports classes are offered.
Undergraduates have a one-year physical education requirement to be completed prior to graduation. Required classes, for zero credits, are offered for either half-semester or full-semester. Others who have completed the requirement may audit classes.
A number of popular, advanced lifetime sports activities are also offered for one hour of academic credit. Advanced skills, strategy, and coaching are taught (PHED 200-299).
Recreational Activities and Intercollegiate Athletics
The intramural program provides a continuous schedule of activities throughout the year. Individual and team sports are available to students in several divisions: university housing, fraternity, women, coed, graduate, and open. Intercollegiate varsity athletic competition is available in ten sports for men and nine sports for women.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (Army ROTC)
An Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program is available to Case Western Reserve University students through a partnership agreement with the US Army and a cooperative arrangement with John Carroll University. Some of the first- and second-year ROTC classes are offered on the Case Western Reserve University campus through the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. Participating students may be exempt from the undergraduate physical education requirement. For courses offered at Case Western Reserve (MLSC 101, MLSC 102, MLSC 201, and MLSC 202), students register in the ordinary way. For other Army ROTC classes, students enroll through cross-registration in the Department of Military Science at John Carroll University, which is approximately five miles from Case Western Reserve. For additional information on ROTC programs, see the Undergraduate Collaborative Programs section of the Bulletin.
TJ Shelton, MA
(Wichita State University)
James C. Wyant Director of Athletics & Chair, Department of Physical Education and Athletics
Greg Debeljak, MA
(John Carroll University)
Head Football Coach
Matthew Englander, BA
(The College of Wooster)
Head Baseball Coach
Karen Farrell, MS
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Professor Isabel Wetmore Lowman Chair for Health Education
Head Women's Volleyball Coach; Associate Athletic Director; Senior Woman Administrator
James Garfield, MS
(California University of Pennsylvania)
Stephen Gruenberg, ME
(The Ohio State University)
Assistant Baseball Coach
Captain Nathan Hanners, BS
(University of Texas at Dallas)
Asst. Prof. Military Science
Josie Henry, MA
(Minnesota State University)
Head Fast Pitch Softball Coach
Assistant Women Basketball Coach
Patrick Kennedy, MS
(University of Maryland)
Associate Athletic Director & Intramural and Club Sports Director
Kathy Lanese, BS
Head Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Men's Track and Field Coach
Josh Malave, ME
(University of Findlay)
Head Wrestling Coach
Todd McGuinness, MA
(Concordia University Irvine)
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Kirsten G. McMahon, MBA
Head Women's Tennis Coach
Warren Miller, BA
(Baldwin Wallace University)
Defensive Coordinator, Football
Doug Milliken, MS
(Indiana State University)
Head Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach/Assistant Athletic Director
Lauren Pinzka, MA
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Carter Poe, M.A.
(University of Mt Union)
Head Men Soccer Coach
Julie Pratt, BA
(University of Akron)
Assistant Softball Coach
Jennifer Reimer, MEd
(Bowling Green State University)
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Eric Schmuhl, MEd
Head Men's and Women's Track Coach
Jennifer Simonetti, BS PT & Exercise Science
(University of Dayton)
Head Coach Women Soccer
Dereck Slesh, MBA
(Cleveland State University)
Offensive Coordinator, Football
Todd Wojtkowski, MBA
Head Men's Tennis Coach