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Faculty and Staff

Sport Studies Faculty and Staff


FACULTY

Sandra Elmore

Sandra J. Elmore, Ed.D
Professor and Chair
A.B. in Physical Education, Glenville State College, 1973
M.S, in Physical Education, West Virginia University, 1975
Ed.D. in Physical Education, West Virginia University, 1989
Sandra.Elmore@mail.wvu.edu 

Dr. Elmore began her employment at WVU Tech in 1989 as the Director of Athletics and Chair of the Department of Physical Education. Dr. Elmore has over over forty-three years of teaching, coaching, and administrative experience. She was a very successful Head Coach of Women’s Basketball (over 70% win-loss record) for over a decade at Potomac State College of WVU. She also served as the Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at Ravenswood High School and Clay County Junior High School.

Dr. Elmore played her intercollegiate basketball career at Glenville State College where she started as point guard for three years. During her professional career she has served as President of the West Virginia Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and she also served as the President of the Mid-West American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Additionally, she served as a Regional Director of the National Junior College Athletic Association for five years.

Dr. Elmore has the distinct honor of having been inducted into four Hall of Fame recognition ceremonies. She was inducted into the Potomac State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. During 2000 she was inducted into the Region XX National Junior College Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame in 2006. And, she was inducted into the Glenville State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Some of her other honors include: 2003 National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Pathfinder Award, 2003 Ray O. Duncan Award for Service in Physical Education, and the 1999 Honor Award from the West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Her hobbies include boating, golf, and horseback riding. Her hometown is in Walton, West Virginia and she currently resides in Nitro, West Virginia.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones, M.S. 
Teaching Assistant Professor
B.S. in Sport Management, Delaware State University, 2002
M.S. in Sport Management, Indiana State University, 2003
Mark.Jones@mail.wvu.edu 

Mr. Jones initially began full-time employment as a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education at WVU Tech in the fall of 2007. He also serves as a Program Coordinator for the Sport Management major. He participated four years as a student-athlete at NCAA Division I Delaware State University in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track.

Mr. Jones’ hobbies include running, hiking, kayaking, camping, and all outdoor activities. His hometown is in Milford, Delaware.

He has one daughter, Natalie Jones, who resides with him in Charleston, West Virginia.

Laura Spiers
Laura Spiers, M.S. 
Teaching Instructor
B.S. in Athletic Coaching Education ,West Virginia University , 2011
M.S. in Education-Physical Education, Canisius College, 2013
M304.442.3316
Laura.Spiers@mail.wvu.edu

Ms. Spiers began full-time employment as a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Sport Studies Department at WVU Tech in the Fall of 2015. She was a member and captain of the WVU Tech Women’s Soccer team for four years. Ms. Spiers’ hobbies include fitness, sports, cooking, kayaking. She is from Courtice, Ontario, Canada.

Reginald Smith
Reginald W. Smith, M.S. 
Lecturer
B.S. in Physical Education, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, 1973
M.S. in Physical Education, West Virginia University, 1976
Reginald.Smith@mail.wvu.edu 

Mr. Smith began employment as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Head Women’s Soccer Coach at WVU Tech in the fall of 2002. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member in the Athletic Coaching Education program.

Mr. Smith was twice named the West Virginia High School Soccer Coach of the Year: 1993 in the Boys’; Division and 2000 in the Girls’; Division. He taught and coached at East Bank Junior High School and Charleston Catholic High School. He worked eighteen years in higher education prior to his appointment at WVU Tech.

Mr. Smith enjoys an occasional game of golf with family and friends, as well, as cooking. He resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife, Sally.

Liam Higginson
Liam Higginson 
Lecturer and Athletic Trainer
B.S. Athletic Therapy
M.S. in Kinesiology
liam.higginson@mail.wvu.edu 

Liam Higginson enters his first year on the WVU Tech Athletic Training staff, currently serving as a certified athletic trainer. Higginson’s responsibilities include all 15 of Tech’s varsity sports.

Prior to working at Tech, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada native interned as a certified athletic trainer with the University of North Dakota’s football team (2011-12). As a graduate assistant (2012-13) at North Dakota, Higginson worked with women’s soccer and softball. From 2013-15, Liam was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Minnesota Crookston where he worked with women’s volleyball, softball and men’s basketball. Higginson finished his time at Minnesota Crookston as the head athletic trainer and worked football and men’s basketball.

Higginson received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a major in athletic therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2011 before graduating from the University of North Dakota with a master’s of science with a major in Kinesiology in 2013.

Higginson currently resides in Huntington, West Virginia.

Robert Williams
Robert Williams, M.S. 
Lecturer and Head Men’s Basketball Coach
B.S. in Physical Education, Ithaca College, 1988
M.S. Sport Management, United States Sports Academy, 1993
Robert.Williams@mail.wvu.edu

B.S. in Physical Education, Ithaca College, 1988 M.S. in Sport Management, United States Sports Academy, 1993

Coach Williams has taught at the collegiate level for twelve years. He began his appointment at WVU Tech during the 2002-03 academic year in a dual role as a lecturer in the department and in charge of the Golden Bears Men’s Basketball program. He previously taught and coached at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia.

Coach Williams was a member of the men’s basketball teams at Watertown High School in New York, Jefferson Community College in New York, and Ithaca College in New York.

He also has coaching experience at Jefferson Community College in New York, Potsdam State in New York, Ithaca College in New York, and Indian River High School in New York. During the 2009 season at WVU Tech, Coach Williams was honored as the NAIA Mid-South Conference Coach of the year.

At WVU Tech Coach Williams has also served as the Head Men’s Tennis Coach and as the Facilities Coordinator.

His hobbies include golf and tennis. He resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife Jennifer, son Robby. and daughter Alyssa.

STAFF

Mary Ida Nugent





Mary Ida Nugent 
Program Assistant III
A.S. in Office Administration-Executive Emphasis, WVU Institute of Technology, 1998
Mary.Nugent@mail.wvu.edu 

Mary Ida splits her time between the Department of Sport Studies and WVU Tech Athletics. She has 22 years of service to WVU Tech in various positions.

Mary Ida resides in Pratt, WV with her husband, Bo, and dogs Rocky and Jax.