2011-2012 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 Coach (on leave semester I)
Jill Breslin, Instructor and Head Coach
Deb Charamella, Instructor and Head Coach
Erin DeMarco, Lecturer and Head Coach
Jason Hewitt, Lecturer and Head Coach
Marci Lippert, Lecturer and Head Coach
Terry McLaughlin, Lecturer & Head Athletic Trainer
Katie Tarr, Senior Lecturer and Head Coach
Kathy Tierney, Director of Physical Education
Laura Victoria-Marzano Kemper, Lecturer and Assistant Athletic Trainer
Nikki Whitlock, Lecturer and Head Coach


Joan Braid, Head Volleyball Coach

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 must complete eight credits in physical education, including a swim-proficiency test and a Wellness Issues class. 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 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.

The newly renovated Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center has quickly become the place to be since reopening in September 2010. The new 11,500 sq. ft. fitness center boasts over 50 pieces of cardio equipment, 15 selectorized weight machines and a multi-purpose room housing everything from PE Indoor cycling to Zumba Fitness! The fitness center has over 100 different workout options, including drop in classes, free weights, indoor cycling bicycles, and cardiovascular and strength training machines.

The building hosts two-courts in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium, an eight lane pool, a fitness center with varsity weight training area, an athletic training room, locker rooms, a conference smart room and the Department of Athletics & Physical Education offices. The fitness center is located on the second floor directly up the circular staircase as you enter the Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center. For more information please consult http://www.brynmawr.edu/athletics/facilities.

The outdoor athletics and recreation facilities include two varsity athletics playing fields, seven tennis courts and two fields for recreational and club sport usage. The Shillingford and Applebee Fields are home to the College's field hockey, soccer and lacrosse programs. In the fall of 2011 the College will complete construction on Applebee, converting it from natural grass to a synthetic field.