Academic Support

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Begun in the Fall of 2005, faculty and staff advisors provide advice, assistance and resources for our student athletes as they strive to maintain balance in their Virginia Wesleyan careers. The Faculty/Staff Advisor serves as an advocate for students participating in the sport, and provides a valuable link between the student-athletes and the faculty.

In addition, the Faculty/Staff Advisor may develop a broader involvement in the student-athlete experience and contribute to other individual and team programs and activities. The team Faculty/Staff Advisor program will facilitate integration of the intercollegiate programs into the undergraduate experience of Virginia Wesleyan University. Presently, each of the 22 intercollegiate sports, plus cheerleading benefits form the presence of at least one faculty or staff advisor.


  • Assist student-athletes, and coaches, in linking with college programs, resources and support activities.
  • Provide job or graduate school recommendations as requested.
  • Communicate to the college community the performance of individual student-athletes and sports teams.
  • Support coaches in recruiting efforts as schedule permits.
  • Attends the Dean’s List Recognition Ceremony for both Fall and Spring Dean’s list honorees.
  • Attends the annual Spring Athletic Banquet to be recognized for their support of the integration of academics and athletics.


  • Develop a meaningful relationship with student-athletes, coaches and the Department of Athletics.
  • Witness and contribute to the physical and educational growth and advancement of students.
  • Represent the team with team-issued gear and apparel.

Faculty Athletic Representatives

  • Dr. Lawrence Hultgren Professor of Philosophy
  • Dr. Susan Larkin Professor of English 

2017-18 Academic Support

Team Coach Advisor
Baseball Chris Francis Adam Ruh
Women's Basketball Stephany Dunmyer Dr. Joyce Easter
Men's Basketball Dave Macedo Takeyra Collins
Cheerleading Desiree Ellison Robin Takacs
Women's Cross Country/
Track and Field
Krista Littleton Dr. Kathy Stolley
Men's Cross Country/
Track and Field
Mat Littleton Dr. Scott Hinze
Field Hockey Christina Restivo Dr. Rebecca Hooker
Men's and Women's Golf Rick Bidnick Dr. Kevin Kittredge
Women's Lacrosse Kendyl Clarkson Thomas Liverman
Men's Lacrosse JP Stewart Crit Muniz
Women's Soccer Jeff Bowers Dr. Susan E. Larkin
Men's Soccer Chris Mills Dr. Wayne Pollock
Softball Brandon Elliott Dr. Katrina Henry
Men's and Women's Swimming Mike Ginder Dr. Doug Kennedy
Women's Tennis Martin Perry Dr. Antje Schwennicke
Men's Tennis Martin Perry Dr. Antje Schwennicke
Women's Volleyball Andrea Hoover-Erbig Dr. Kellie Holzer