WVU's College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to honor 2015 Hall of Fame and outstanding alumnus inductees
The College will also announce the Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors the College can bestow on a faculty or staff member. A reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. and the formal induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. The public is welcome to attend.
The College will induct the following individuals into the 2015 Hall of Fame: David Cohen, Les Poolman, Ronal Shewcraft and James Sottile. The Hall of Fame ceremony will conclude with the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus Award presented to Elizabeth Majestic. Lynn Housner will receive the Distinguished Service Award.
The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is proud to add the names of this year’s class of inductees to its growing list of exceptional alumni. More than 125 alumni have previously been inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual must hold a degree awarded by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences or a certification in Athletic Training prior to 1997 and have made significant contributions to the College, their profession, or society. Those presently employed by the College are not eligible.
Brief bios for the honorees follow:
David S. Cohen, Esq. earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and athletic training and a master’s in community health promotion from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He also holds a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Cohen is the General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida and is a licensed California attorney, Florida registered house counsel and a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified athletic trainer. Cohen is responsible for drafting and negotiating legal and business terms of contracts with sponsors, vendors, employees, season seat holders and suite licensees. He oversees all organizational litigation and has significant experience managing complex and class action lawsuits. Cohen also oversees human resources, insurance, compliance and privacy functions for the Buccaneers.
Les Poolman, a native of England, received a bachelor’s degree from Keele University in Staffordshire, England and a master’s degree from WVU. He later received a doctorate in higher education administration and physical education/athletic administration from WVU where he served an assistant soccer coach. Poolman joined Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., as athletic director in 1988, having previously served as the director at Mount Holyoke College. He created a strong environment, new sports and helped build and renovate the athletic facilities at Dickinson College. During this time, he oversaw a pair of national track and field champions, 48 Centennial Conference championships in 12 sports, championship play in 18 sports and a national ranking of 41 for the Division III schools in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ cup.
Ronald Shewcraft received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and graduated with his master’s in Physical Education in 1977. Shewcraft earned his Advanced National Coaching Licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and an invitation to become a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association Coaching Academy teaching staff. Shewcraft led the Men’s Soccer program for 29 seasons as head coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Prior to that, he served as assistant coach at North Adams State. He led the program to their first and only final four appearances in 1978, his first year at the helm. Shewcraft collected a 292-184-46-career record that included 16 postseason appearances. He led his troops to five conference championships during his career.
James Sottile earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from West Virginia University in 1953 and received a master’s degree from WVU in 1956. He was a standout forward for the WVU basketball team from 1951-53. Sottile also excelled academically while at WVU. He was the senior class president in 1953 and was a member of the Sigma Nu social fraternity. He also gained membership into several honorary organizations, including Mountain, Sphinx, Sigma Nu and Fi Batar Cappar fraternities. A native of Bristol, Pa., he helped WVU enjoy one of its best three-year spans in school history. Sottile’s fine career was highlighted by his senior season in 1952-53, when he led WVU with 19.3 points per game and averaged six rebounds as the Mountaineers went 19-7. He currently resides in Levittown, Pa., and took his knowledge and experience to the classroom as he taught grades seven through 12 for 36 years at Bristol High.
Elizabeth Majestic received her undergraduate and graduate training at West Virginia University and Indiana University, respectively. She is a Senior Executive Fellow in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Majestic served in positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Majestic served as associate director for program development for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. She has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. In this role, Majestic developed a national initiative to strengthen the nation’s public health workforce and expanded organizational capacity to prevent and control chronic disease.
Lynn Housner is associate dean and professor emeritus of Physical Education Teacher Education at West Virginia University. Housner held the position of associate dean from 1994 until 2013 at CPASS. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Housner has served in various leadership positions with state and national health, physical education and recreation organizations. He participated in organizing the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group and chaired this organization for the first two terms from 1986 to 1988. In 2002, Housner was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education to receive the National Council for accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners accreditation training and has represented NCATE on accreditation visits since this time.
CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
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