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Department of Outdoor Leadership

 

Nathan Ruffrage | Chair of the Department of Outdoor Leadership

Nathan Ruffrage, M.S.

Chair of the Department of Outdoor Leadership
Instructor of Outdoor Leadership

Nathan Ruffrage serves as the director of field experiences in NGU's Outdoor Leadership Department. Ruffrage received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Alabama and his Master of Science in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to coming to NGU, Ruffrage spent a number of years in the wilderness therapy industry in Oregon and Alabama. You'll find Ruffrage kayaking one of the many whitewater rivers in the area during his free time.

Sara Briley | Instructor

Sara Briley, M.S.

Instructor of Outdoor Leadership

Sara Briley serves as an assistant field instructor, equipment manager and adjunct faculty in the Outdoor Leadership Department at NGU. Briley earned her Bachelor of Arts in outdoor leadership from Simpson University and her Masters of Science in environmental education from Montreat College. Prior to NGU, Sara served as a Lead instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound school. When she is not working she enjoys hiking, biking and climbing the mountains of WNC and beyond. 

Andy Glas | Instructor

Andy Glas, M.S.

Instructor of Outdoor Leadership

Andy Glas serves as faculty in the Department of Outdoor Leadership. Glas received his Bachelor of Science in recreation from Georgia Southern University and his Master of Science in education from Southern Adventist University. Prior to NGU, Andy served as the Outdoor Program Coordinator for the University of North Carolina Asheville where he instructed their Outdoor Leadership Training Program. Additionally, Andy teaches courses in wilderness medicine for NOLS Wilderness Medicine and enjoys adventuring both near and far.

Department of Physical Education

 

Tom Coates, D.A. | Chair

Tom Coates, D.A.

Chair of the Physical Education Department
Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Tom Coates completed his Doctor of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in higher education and a minor in recreation at Middle Tennessee State University in 1981. He also holds a Master of Arts in Education in Secondary Education with an emphasis in physical education from Western Carolina University; a Master of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University; and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Mars Hill University. Coates taught physical education at Mars Hill for 23 years, Gardner-Webb University for one year, East Tennessee State University for nine years, and the University of North Alabama for 11 years. He has been certified as a health and physical education teacher in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Jayne Arledge, M.S. | Instructor

Jayne Arledge, M.S.

Instructor of Physical Education

Jayne Arledge completed her Master of Science in Physical Education at Furman University in 1985. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education from Western Carolina University. Arledge taught physical education for two years at Dorman High School, and she’s taught physical education at North Greenville University for more than 30 years.

Department of Sport Management

 

Jeff Briggs, Ph.D. | Dean

Jeff P. Briggs, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Wellness & Sport Professions
Chair of the Department of Sport Management
Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Jeff Briggs earned his doctorate in sport management from Florida State University in 1999. In addition to his service at NGU, he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate sport management program with Central Michigan University at its Atlanta campus. He also serves as president and CEO of Briggs Consulting. His most popular publication, The Bowling-Specific Training Manual, is now in its fourth edition and has sold several thousand copies in over 50 different countries. Briggs is married to Sara, and they are raising three wonderful children: Hannah, Rebekah, and Joshua. He enjoys bowling, racquetball, squash, and exercise, and he cheers on all Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio State University sport teams.

Fred Battenfield, Ph.D. | Professor

Frederick L. Battenfield, Ph.D.

Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Fred Battenfield earned his doctorate in sport management at Florida State University, and his dissertation is titled "An Ethnographic Study of the Culture of Communication in the Sports Information Office in a Division I-A Athletic Program." He earned his master's degree at the United States Sports Academy, a bachelor's in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and an associate's degree from Yavapai College. Prior to returning to graduate school, Battenfield spent 22 years as a college sports information director. He was assistant athletic director for community relations at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, and previously served as sports information director at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) and The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to working at three Olympic Games, Battenfield has participated in numerous national and international sporting events, including the World Cup, Olympic qualifying events, and he has also been a television and radio commentator. He currently resides in Greer with his wife Katie.
Jerry Boone, Ph.D. | Associate Professor

Jerry W. Boone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Jerry Boone completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University in 1995. He also holds a Master of Education in Teaching from Central Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. Boone has 20 years teaching experience in physical education; 11 at Southeast Oklahoma Junior College, three at Sul Ross State University, and six at North Greenville University.

Tom Coates, D.A. | Chair

Tom Coates, D.A.

Professor of Sport Management
Chair of the Physical Education Department

Dr. Tom Coates completed his Doctor of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in higher education and a minor in recreation at Middle Tennessee State University in 1981. He also holds a Master of Arts in Education in Secondary Education with an emphasis in physical education from Western Carolina University; a Master of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University; and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Mars Hill University. Coates taught physical education at Mars Hill for 23 years, Gardner-Webb University for one year, East Tennessee State University for nine years, and the University of North Alabama for 11 years. He has been certified as a health and physical education teacher in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Ralph Johnson, Ph.D. | Dean Emeritus of Sport Management

Ralph L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean Emeritus
Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Ralph Johnson completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Education with an emphasis in sports administration at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He also holds a Master of Education from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a physical education emphasis from Youngstown State University. Johnson taught physical education for nine years at Youngstown State University and physical education and history for one year at Sharon City Schools. He also has 34 years of undergraduate teaching experience in physical education at Youngstown State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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