2017-18 Catalog

Academic Opportunities

Athletics and Physical Education


Kathleen Tierney, Director of Athletics and Physical Education
Katie Tarr, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman’s Administrator
MaryAnn Schiller, Assistant Director of Athletics
Travis Galaska, Athletics Communication Director
Courtney Morris, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Director


Kelly Barnes, Lecturer and Head Lacrosse Coach
Carol Bower, Senior Lecturer and Head Rowing Coach
Victor Brady, Lecturer and Head Field Hockey Coach
Jason Hewitt, Lecturer and Head Coach of Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Athletics and Physical Education
Laura Kemper, Lecturer and Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletics and Physical Education
Terry McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer and Head Athletic Trainer, Athletics and Physical Education
Nicole Kimberly Reiley, Instructor and Head Coach of Volleyball
Paul Stinson, Lecturer and Head Soccer Coach
Kathy Tierney, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Athletics and Physical Education
Rebecca Tyler, Lecturer and Head Basketball Coach
Doanh Wang, Lecturer and Head Tennis Coach
Nikki Whitlock, Senior Lecturer and Head Swimming Coach and Aquatics Director, Athletics and Physical Education

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://athletics.brynmawr.edu/landing/index.

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. Students can also enroll in physical education classes at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges.

All students must complete a physical education requirement (as determined by their year of entry into the college), including a swim-proficiency requirement, and a first-year wellness class, THRIVE.

Developed by the Department of Physical Education, the Health Center, Student Life offices and the Dean’s Office, THRIVE is a 10-week, non-graded class that focuses on a variety of issues confronting college students. The course is mandatory for all first-year students and fulfills two physical education credits. The curriculum is designed to be interactive and to provide a base of knowledge that will encourage students to think about their wellbeing as an essential complement to their academic life. The course will be taught by College faculty and staff from various disciplines and offices.

The renovated Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center has quickly become the place to be since reopening in September 2010. The 11,500 sq. ft. fitness center boasts more than 50 pieces of cardio equipment and 15 selectorized weight machines. 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 and 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://athletics.brynmawr.edu/information/facilities/index.

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 completed construction on Applebee, converting it from natural grass to a NCAA regulation sized synthetic field.