Our Student and Alumni Success

Ensuring Student Success

Most of department's majors share a common core of courses. This common core makes it easy to change from one major to another if the student’s career direction shifts after being in the program for a couple of years. Moreover, our programs allow students to select electives or "cognate courses" that further expand their educational and career opportunities. For example, the business-related cognate courses required in the Sport Management and Fitness and Wellness Management majors provide most of the courses needed for admission to a MBA program after graduation. The science cognate can be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in going to graduate school to prepare for careers in physical therapy, medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and other related fields.

Alumni Successes

A good number of our students majoring in Kinesiology or Exercise and Sport Science go on to graduate programs seeking professional allied health degrees. For example, Karl Sheppard enrolled in East Carolina University’s Physician Assistant Program after graduating from Campbell in 2006. Josh Holskey (2012), Bethany Cook (2010), Katrina Borsch (2009), Eric Selinsky (2007), Adam Autry (2007) and Brad Keppler (2006) all pursued the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at universities such as the University of Connecticut, Duke University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Elon University.

Still others enroll in graduate study in the exercise sciences. For example, Jill Stapleton (2006) earned a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. In 2009, Jill elected to remain at the University of Ottawa and study for her PhD. Jill has completed her PhD and continues her research in the thermal regulation of persons with type 1 diabetes. Amy Anderson, a 2005 Athletic Training Program graduate, went on to California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Amy later became the Head Athletic Trainer at the San Diego Naval Base Sports Medicine Clinic, in San Diego, California. Dan Krause (2000) went on to earn an MS in Exercise Physiology from University of Calgary, Canada. Dan went on to work for Amgen in Toronto. Amgen is an international biotechnical pharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

Also, some students, like Hannah Bazemore, go to graduate school to further their education in the sport management or business realms. Hannah graduated from Campbell in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Sport Management and was immediately hired as a Graduate Assistant by the Department of Athletics while she pursued her MBA. In 2009, Hannah graduated with her MBA from Campbell and was hired in June 2010 as the Athletics Business Manager. Her main responsibility is managing financial budgets for 21 sports as well as the administrative divisions for CU Athletics. In addition, she is responsible for all ticket operations and equipment needs for the department. 

Cora Scruggs (Kinesiology December 2014) spent the spring semester after graduation working with the Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement Science (AIMS) Laboratory housed within Campbell's the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. The next following fall, she enrolled in the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, at Campbell University.

After graduating and working with the Campbell University AIMS Laboratory, Klarie Ake (Kinesiology 2015) and Brooke Catanzarito (Kinesiology 2015) are moving on to further prepare for their desired carreers. Klarie is pursuing a master’s program in Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University with AIMS Lab collaborator Dr. Nicholas Murray. Brooke Catanzarito will be attending the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kaitlyn Burnette (Exercise and Sport Science 2014) is in Chiropractic School at Life University.

Lauren Frick (Athletic Training 2014) is living in Delaware and is employed as a Certified Athletic Trainer in a clinic outreach setting.

Ethan Hall (Sport Management 2014) is Director of Recreation for the Greensboro Soccer Association of Greensboro, NC.

James Hamblin (Sport Management 2014) is in graduate school studying sport management at Durham University, England. His is also a playing and coaching football for the university.

Kurt Odom (Exercise and Sport Science 2014) is a high school football coach, studying for the MCATs.

Adriana Rosado (Athletic Training 2014) entered the Campbell University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Caitlin Schneider (Kinesiology 2014) was the first student researcher in the AIMS Laboratory as a Junior in Spring of 2013. Caitlin will complete her master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Caitlin is currently working as a physical therapy aide to support herself while she completes her degree. Caitlin’s ultimate goal is to become a physical therapist and is applying to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs in North Carolina and Texas. She is currently investigating the effects of different running strike patterns on joint forces and powers within the lower extremity.

Taylor Sherrill (Sport Management 2014) is pursuing Masters Degree in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. This is a dream come true for Taylor, who has longed to meet Rick Patino and work in the Department of Athletics at Louisville.

Daniel Sippy (Sport Management 2014) is the equipment manager for the Carolina Mudcats.

Ryan Thompson (Sport Management 2014) was drafted by the Houston Astros.

Brandon Wilson (Kinesiology 2014) is enrolled in Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Luke Ennis (Exercise and Sport Science 2013) is enrolled in the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University.

Caroline Moody (Sport Management 2013) is the the Assistant Ticket & Equipment Manager for Campbell's Department of Athletics. Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. As an undergraduate student Moody worked as an intern with the Carolina Mudcats minor league baseball team and was named the Outstanding Sport Management Student for 2013.

Courtney Williamson (Kinesiology 2013) is enrolled in Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Carlos Dominguez (Sport Management 2011) is a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jarrod Miron (Sport Management 2011) is the Intramural Program and Area Coordinator at William Peace University in Raleigh. While at Campbell, Jarrod served as Vice President for Club Sports, worked for the Intramural and Athletics Departments, and coached club sports. He also served as President of the Student Majors Association of the NC Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. After graduating from Campbell, Jarrod earned his M.S. in Health and Human Performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee., where he was a Graduate Assistant for the Intramural Department. (Read more about Jarrod's employment at Wiilam Peace University here.)

Dillon Landi (Physical Education Teaching 2010) enrolled in the Teacher's College of Columbia University. After completing his master's degree and some doctoral work Dillion has moved to New Zeland, where he is completing work on his PhD in Kinesiology, with a specialization in physical education pedagogy.

Mike Stryffeler (Exercise and Sport Science 2010) is the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Campbell University. Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in Business Administration in May of 2010, Afterwards, he spent two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Montana while working toward his Master of Science in Health and Human Performance. Mike assisted the Grizzlies in nearly all facets of their strength and conditioning program, working directly with the UM men’s tennis team and serving as primary assistant with both football and men’s basketball programs. In the summer of 2011, Stryffeler also interned at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, working primarily with football while assisting with the men’s basketball and volleyball teams. Mike also gained experience while at Campbell in 2010 and 2011 as an intern assisting with football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball and volleyball.

Joseph Brandon Scott (Physical Education Teaching 2010) played professional baseball for a while. He went on to be a high school health and physical education teacher in Pitt County, NC.

Kaili Terry (Sport Management, 2010) is a Territory Manager for US Games, the nation's leading provider of physical education equipment, PE activities & supplies, health fitness equipment and sport facilities equipment.

Douglas Locascio (Sport Management 2009) is the Executive Director of Sales and Merchandising for the Hickory Crawdads, a minor league baseball team in Hickory, NC.

Hanna Davis (Athletic Training 2008) is the Head Athletic Trainer at Overhills High School. She is also serving as the Clinical Coordinator of Campbell's Athletic Training Program.

Blake Herring (Exercise and Sport Science 2007) had his first taste of coaching while at Campbell University by working with 4a Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC where his team shared the Cap-7 Baseball Conference title. Herring went on to be an Assistant Baseball Coach at Louisburg College for three years. Currently, Blake is the Pitching Coach for Carson-Newman University.

Mary McLachlan (Physical Education Teaching 2007) graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University in 2007. During her junior and senior years, she coached the Cape Fear Christian Academy Volleyball Team to a conference championship and was named the 2007 Coach of the Year by the Carolina Christian Conference. After graduating from Campbell in May of 2008, McLachlan returned to her home state of Washington to teach and coach at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Washington.

Justin Wilkins (Sport Management 2007) is Campbell University's Department of Athletics Director of Compliance. Wilkins joined the Campbell Athletics staff in 2008 as a Compliance and Academic Services Assistant, working primarily in the areas of recruiting and overseeing the NCAA eligibility center. In October of 2009, Wilkins stepped in as the Interim Director of Compliance, overseeing the rules education program for athletics staff, student-athletes, and representatives of athletics interests. The 2007 Sport Management graduate was also in charge of the investigation and reporting of NCAA violations, as well as the processing of waivers on behalf of student-athletes.

Thadd McElreath (Physical Education Teaching 2003) enrolled in classes at Campbell in the fall of 2000, the same year he became the youth pastor at Turner's Chapel in Sanford. During his last two years at Campbell, McElreath coached Basketball at Central Carolina Community College while continuing to serve as the associate pastor at Turner’s Chapel. After graduating magna cum laude in May of 2003, McElreath went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University in 2005. He currently is employed full-time at Lee County High School as a Health and Physical Education teacher. He also continues to serve as the part-time associate pastor at Turner's Chapel in Sanford.