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Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences Faculty

Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences


Dr. Michelle Bartlett

Assistant Professor

"As humans we are always learning, whether it is small and subconscious, or life-changing lessons. My goal in the classroom is to stimulate and encourage this learning, and hopefully a passion for it."

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo, at age 87

Michelle Bartlett's Bio

 Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown


“You are stronger than you think you are.”

Trisha Brown's Bio

 Jeff Casebolt

Jeffrey Casebolt


“If two people continue to agree one person is not necessary.”

Jeffrey Casebolt's Bio

 Dr. Charles Chase

Dr. Charles Chase

Associate Professor

"When students enroll in my classes they can expect my total dedication to their development of a hopefully enjoyable, but certainly functional and working knowledge base of the material being covered, from which they are then able to make informed and personally defensible decisions.  My intent is to provide content of worth and utility that may well be of use to them somewhere down their personal roads of life."

Dr. Charles Chase's Bio

Chris Dane

Chris Dane

Instructor/Head Athletic Trainer

“I love seeing my students take what has been taught in the classroom and apply it in the field, that is when true learning has occurred.”

Chris Dane's Bio


Heather Ferrell

Instructor/Assistant Athletic Trainer

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”—Vince Lombardi

Heather Treece's Bio

 Vanessa Fiaud

Dr. Vanessa Fiaud

Assistant Professor of Sports and Exercise Sciences

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
- Gandhi

Vanessa Fiaud's Bio

Rick Raasl

Rick Haasl

Assistant to the Dean, Instructor

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel!” ~Socrates~

Rick Haasl's Bio

 Laura Y. Hernandez

Laura Hernandez

Instructor/ATEP Clinical Coordinator

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Laura Y. Hernandez's Bio


Seth Naughton

Seth Naughton

Assistant Athletic Trainer, Claims Coordinator

"The best thing about West Texas A&M University is the family atmosphere found in my department. We look out for one another and get great enjoyment out of improving the health of our student athletes."

Seth Naughton's Bio


Blake Price

Blake Price, M.S.


“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

Blake Price's Bio

Lorna Strong

Lorna Strong

Department Head, Instructor, ATEP Program Director

"Athletic training allows me to combine my interest in the medical field with my fascination of sports. The hands-on nature of the Athletic Training Education Program allows me to work with students collectively and individually to see the content come alive."

Lorna Strong's Bio