Physical Education and Athletics

Veale Center
TJ Shelton, James C. Wyant Director of Athletics and Chair, Department of Physical Education and Athletics
thornton.shelton@case.edu


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 101MLSC 102MLSC 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.

Department Faculty

TJ Shelton, MA
(Wichita State University)
Professor
James C. Wyant Director of Athletics & Chair, Department of Physical Education and Athletics

Greg Debeljak, MA
(John Carroll University)
Professor
Head Football Coach

Matthew Englander, BA
(The College of Wooster)
Instructor
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)
Instructor
Athletic Trainer

Stephen Gruenberg, ME
(The Ohio State University)
Instructor
Assistant Baseball Coach

Captain Nathan Hanners, BS
(University of Texas at Dallas)
Asst. Prof. Military Science

Josie Henry, MA
(Minnesota State University)
Assistant Professor
Head Fast Pitch Softball Coach

Matt Howerton
Instructor
Assistant Women Basketball Coach

Patrick Kennedy, MS
(University of Maryland)
Professor
Associate Athletic Director & Intramural and Club Sports Director

Kathy Lanese, BS
(Ohio University)
Instructor
Head Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Men's Track and Field Coach

Josh Malave, ME
(University of Findlay)
Instructor
Head Wrestling Coach

Todd McGuinness, MA
(Concordia University Irvine)
Assistant Professor
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Kirsten G. McMahon, MBA
(Berry College)
Assistant Professor
Head Women's Tennis Coach

Warren Miller, BA
(Baldwin Wallace University)
Instructor
Defensive Coordinator, Football

Doug Milliken, MS
(Indiana State University)
Assistant Professor
Head Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach/Assistant Athletic Director

Lauren Pinzka, MA
(Salem University)
Instructor
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Carter Poe, M.A.
(University of Mt Union)
Instructor
Head Men Soccer Coach

Julie Pratt, BA
(University of Akron)
Instructor
Assistant Softball Coach

Jennifer Reimer, MEd
(Bowling Green State University)
Associate Professor
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Eric Schmuhl, MEd
(Muskingum College)
Assistant Professor
Head Men's and Women's Track Coach

Jennifer Simonetti, BS PT & Exercise Science
(University of Dayton)
Instructor
Head Coach Women Soccer

Dereck Slesh, MBA
(Cleveland State University)
Professor
Offensive Coordinator, Football

Todd Wojtkowski, MBA
(The Citadel)
Associate Professor
Head Men's Tennis Coach