Athletics Advisory Board
West Chester University
Sharon Began is a Professor in the Department of Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences at WCU. She received her BSEd. in Biology from Kutztown University, M.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Sharon was a Division II softball student-athlete at Kutztown and played ASA softball for 15 years. Her current athletic focus is tennis. Sharon is interested in supporting student-athletes in meshing athletic performance and academic pursuits as well as promoting WCU athletics on campus and in the community. Sharon is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2013-2016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: x2457
Matt Bricketto joined WCU in 1986 as Dean of Students and in 2001 became the Vice President for Student Affairs. He holds a BS (Business Administration) from Seton Hall University, an M.Ed. (College Student Personnel Work) from Ohio University, an MBA (Management) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Ed.D. (Educational Administration) from Rutgers University. Matt has a passion for running, traveling, and golf as leisure time pursuits. Matt holds one of two ex officio positions on the board.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member Email: email@example.com campus phone: x3511
Marie Bunner joined Marie Bunner is the Academic Advisor and Interim Assistant Director in the Academic Development Program (ADP). Marie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Rhetoric and a Master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She will complete her Doctor of Education degree at Saint Joseph’s University this semester. Marie’s experience in academic support services include teaching and learning, academic advising, and special admissions programs. Athletes are among the students admitted to the University through the ADP each year; Marie and the ADP staff are committed to engaging student athletes in learning and assisting them in balancing academic and athletic achievement.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: x3132
Drew Diehl is a Senior Marketing Major with a minor in Philosophy. He is also a captain and starting outfielder for the WCU BASEBALL Team. Drew was the starting Center Fielder in 40 of 42 games for the Golden Rams in 2015, and he finished second on the team in batting average and on-base percentage. Additionally, he is the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Drew is one of three student representatives on the AAB.
Jerome (Skip) Hutson is the Director of Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs at WCU. He has
been at West Chester since 1992. Skip is a 1978 graduate of Salisbury State University in Maryland, and a
product of the Student Personnel in Higher Education graduate program at The Ohio State University. At WCU
Skip serves on many different university-wide committees including the Campus Climate Intervention Team,
and is the faculty advisor to the Black Student Union. His work in the area of athletics includes the Sports
Equity Committee, Athletic Task Force Review Committee and the Athletic Advisory board. Skip is one of three
administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY – 2012 – 2015 Email: email@example.com campus phone: x3273
David Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Design with the College of Visual and Performing Arts at WCU. He received both a BFA and MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. David has played rugby for nearly twenty years and has represented both the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union as a High-school, Collegiate and Men's Club All star selection. David currently plays for the Schuylkill River RFC and is one of only three members of the team to have represented the club in both the Men's Rugby Sevens and Men's Fifteens National Championships. Term: AY 2015-2016 (replacing Henry Loustau) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: x 2755
Peter Loedel is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Sciences within the College of Business and Public Affairs at WCU. He was a double major as an undergraduate getting a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies and German Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also has both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Peter played soccer, tennis and water polo in high school and continued to play water polo while at Palomar Community College. He has extensive coaching experience in youth sports. Peter feels that WCU student-athletes are some of the best students he has in the classroom and wants to maintain the balance between academics and athletics. Peter is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2012-2015 Email: email@example.com campus phone: x 3435
Ed Matejkovic was named Director of Athletics at WCU in 1995. A 1969 graduate of WCU, Ed spent his previous 12 years at SUNY Brockport, a Division III school where he held the dual role of athletics director and head football coach. He has served president of the PSAC Executive Committee for four years and continues to serve the PSAC on numerous other committees. Ed is the current past-president of the Division 2 Athletic Director's Association, a chapter of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). ). He was recently appointed to the NACDA Executive Board for a three year term. He was named the Northeast Region Division II Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA in June 2009. He is also a member of the ECAC Board of Directors, the ECAC Finance Committee and the ECAC Membership Committee. He served as president of the ECAC during 2002-03. In addition, Ed served on the NCAA Student Athlete Reinstatement Committee, the NCAA Division II East Region men’s basketball championship selection committee and has served on the NCAA Football Task Force – a committee reviewing scholarship allocations in the sport. Since his arrival back on campus both facilities and the fortunes of WCU’s athletic programs have vastly improved. Ed was inducted into the Brockport Athletics Hall of Fame and was selected to the Temple University "Gallery of Success." He earned both his B.S. and M.Ed in Physical Education from WCU, and his Ed.D. (Sports Administration/Athletic Facility Management) from Temple University. Ed holds one of two ex officio positions on the board.
Term: ongoing as ex officio member Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: x3555
Bruce Norris is the Director of the B.S. Liberal Studies: Professional Studies program within the College of Arts and Sciences at WCU. He earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from West Chester and a M.A. in Physical Education (exercise science concentration) from the University of Maryland. Bruce was a 4-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track while at WCU. He was a certified athletic trainer for 25 years, coached high school indoor track as well as serving as a youth coach for baseball, basketball and soccer. He is also a soccer official. Bruce continues to be interested in the success of WCU athletes both in the classroom as well as in competition. In the past he served on the Athletic Department’s Gender Equity Advisory Committee. Bruce is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2011 – 2014 Email: email@example.com campus phone: x 3486
Bailey Roos is the Athletics and Recreation Senator of the Student Government Association (SGA). Bailey is one of three student representatives on the AAB.
Joe Santivasci joined WCU in 2003 as the University Registrar and in Fall 2011 became the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Registrar. He earned a B.S. from Widener University and has a M.Ed. from the University of Delaware. Joe coaches Little League baseball and enjoys sports in general. He looks forward to clarifying academic policies as they relate to athletics and student-athletes and finding solutions to conflicts that may arise between athletics and academics. Joe is one of three administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2013 – 2016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: x1030
Madelyn Shaak is Junior Public Health Major at West Chester University. She is also the Captain of the Women’s Tennis team. Madelyn was named “Freshman of the Year” in the spring of 2014, and received first team all-star accolades in both singles and doubles her freshman and sophomore year of competition. Madelyn holds the position of Social Chair on the executive board for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), as well as serving as the Marketing Chair on the executive board for the “Dub-C Dance Marathon” club at WCU.
Craig Stevens is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology within the College of Health Sciences at WCU. He earned his BA (Psychology) from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. (Physical Education: Exercise Science concentration) from Springfield College and a Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology, secondary concentration in Medical Physiology) from Temple University. He was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Environmental Medicine within the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Craig was a football, wrestling and lacrosse athlete in high school and continued playing football and wrestling in college. He is the recipient of several athletic awards. Craig stayed at Johns Hopkins after graduation serving as the Sports Information Director, assistant football coach, and both assistant and head wrestling coach. While at Springfield College he was an assistant high school football, wrestling and lacrosse coach. At Temple University he was the assistant Powerlifting coach for Temple’s club team. He has coached various youth sports (football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, wrestling) for over 15 years. He has served as a strength and conditioning consultant for a variety of athletic teams both at UPenn and WCU as well as several local high schools. Craig chairs the Athletic Advisory Board and serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for WCU. He is also serves on the Sports Equity Committee.
Term: AY 2011 – 2013 Email: email@example.com campus phone: x2386
Claire Verden is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department Special Education within the College of Education at WCU. She earned a B.S. from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education, her M.Ed. from Temple University and her Ed.D. in Special Education from Arcadia University. Claire played soccer while at West Chester and has been a high school tennis coach and youth sports soccer coach. With a strong love for sports and many student-athletes in her classes Claire wants to support our University’s athletes as a member of the AAB. Claire is one of six faculty representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2012 – 2015 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org campus phone: 610-738-0514
John Villella is the Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing arts at WCU. He earned his BS and MM Music Education Degrees from West Chester University and Ed.D. from Widener University. John joined the WCU faculty in 1983 and is probably best known as the director of the marching band from 1993 to 2007. He was an assistant coach for youth baseball and enjoys playing golf. He is an advocate of student success an important outcome in both the arts and athletics. John is one of three administration representatives on the board.
Term: AY 2011 – 2014 Email: email@example.com campus phone: x2495