20109-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Athletics and Physical Education


Kathleen Tierney, Director of Athletics and Physical Education
Stacey Adams, Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations, and Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jacob Mullins, Assistant Director of Athletics, Sports Information and Compliance


Carol Bower, Senior Lecturer and Head Rowing Coach and Boat House Director
Jill Breslin, Instructor and Head Tennis Coach
Deborah Charamella, Instructor and Head Basketball Coach
Erin DeMarco, Lecturer and Head Soccer Coach
Marci Lippert, Lecturer and Head Field Hockey Coach
Terry McLaughlin, Lecturer and Head Athletic Trainer
Jason Hewitt, Lecturer and Head Cross Country Coach and Head Track and Field Coach
Katie Tarr, Senior Lecturer and Senior Woman’s Administrator and Head Lacrosse Coach
Nicola Whitlock, Lecturer and Head Swimming Coach and Aquatics Manager


Joan Braid, Head Volleyball Coach
Laura Kemper, Assistant Athletic Trainer

The Department of Athletics and Physical Education sponsors 12 intercollegiate sports in badminton, basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Bryn Mawr is a NCAA Division III member and a charter member of the Centennial Conference. Club sport opportunities are available in a range of sports; including rugby, equestrian, fencing, karate, ice skating, squash, and ultimate Frisbee. Students interested in any of these programs should consult the Department of Athletics at http://www.brynmawr.edu/athletics/intercollegiate/index.htm.

Bryn Mawr’s Physical Education curriculum is designed to provide opportunities to develop lifelong habits that will enhance the quality of life. From organized sport instruction, to a variety of dance offerings, lifetime sport skills, fitness classes, and a wellness curriculum, the Department provides a breadth of programming to meet the needs of the undergraduate and the greater College community. The physical education and dance curriculums offer more than 50 courses in a variety of disciplines. All students are required to complete eight units of physical education and the successful completion of a swimming-proficiency test. Students can enroll in physical education classes at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges. For more information please consult http://www.brynmawr.edu/athletics/physical-education/index.htm.

The Department of Physical Education in conjunction with Health Services, Student Life and the Dean’s Office has developed an eight-week Wellness Seminar that focuses on a variety of issues confronting college women. The course is mandatory for all first year students and fulfills two physical education credits. The topics are generally not part of any academic discipline or lend them easily to a customs group meeting. The curriculum is designed to be interesting, interactive and provide a base of knowledge that will encourage students to think about their well being as an important partner to their academic life. The course will be taught by College faculty and staff from various disciplines and offices.

Newly renovated Bern Schwartz Gymnasium is the center of the College’s Athletics, Recreation and Physical Education Programs. The facility contains several state-of-the-art upgrades and features. The second floor houses our fitness center with three distinct areas:  one for cardio and weigh machines, a second for classes and group activities and a third focusing on free weights and functional training. The cardio section features three HD plasma televisions with integrated audio listening abilities and treadmills with individual televisions on each machine. Additionally, the facility features a gymnasium for basketball, badminton and volleyball and an eight-lane swimming pool. All three areas boast large windows with natural light. Schwartz Gymnasium is wireless and has a smart classroom. Augmenting the facility are two playing fields (field hockey, lacrosse and soccer), a practice field and seven tennis courts.