2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog

2008-2009 Catalog

Athletics and Physical Education


Kathy Tierney, Director of Athletics and Physical Education
Jacob Mullins, Assistant Director of Athletics, Sports Information and Compliance
Raymond W. Tharan, Assistant Director of Athletics, Facilities and Events and Director of the Fitness Center


Carol Bower, Senior Lecturer and Head Rowing Coach and Boat House Director
Jill Breslin, Instructor and Head Tennis Coach
Erin DeMarco, Lecturer and Head Soccer Coach
Danya Pilgrim, Senior Lecturer and Head Field Hockey Coach
Daniel N. Talbot, Lecturer and Head Cross Country Coach and Head Track and Field Coach
Katie Tarr, Lecturer and Head Basketball Coach and Head Lacrosse Coach
Nicola Whitlock, Instructor and Head Swimming Coach and Aquatics Manager

The Department of Athletics and Physical Education offers 12 intercollegiate sports as an NCAA Division III institution and is a charter member of the Centennial Conference. Varsity team sports at Bryn Mawr include badminton, basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Rugby is a Bi-College varsity-club program. Other Bi-College clubs include equestrian, fencing, karate, ice skating, squash, and ultimate frisbee.

There is a physical education requirement for all undergraduates. The instructional offerings in physical education include certification courses, sport skills instruction, fitness courses, wellness classes and leadership courses. All first-year students must complete the Wellness Issues class, a fall course taught by members of the athletic staff.

Consult the Physical Education Web site at http://www.brynmawr.edu/athletics for a list of current course offerings. Students may take courses at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.

The College believes that physical education and intercollegiate athletics are integral parts of a liberal-arts education. The department sponsors a variety of intercollegiate, physical education and recreational programs intended to enhance the quality of the student’s nonacademic life on campus.

Physical Education Requirements

The College requires eight units of physical education and the successful completion of a swimming-proficiency test. The test includes entry into the water, a 10-minute swim demonstrating two strokes, one minute of treading water and two minutes of floating. For nonswimmers, successful completion of beginning swimming (and passing the test) will fulfill the requirement. First-year students must complete the semester long Wellness Issues class. The physical education requirement must be completed by the end of junior year. Transfer students will receive credit toward the requirement from previous institutions after a review by the director of the department. Students with special needs should consult the director of Physical Education.

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer