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Faculty and Staff


Mark Jones
Mark Jones, M.S. 
Teaching Assistant Professor and Chair
B.S. in Sport Management, Delaware State University, 2002
M.S. in Sport Management, Indiana State University, 2003 

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

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.


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

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.


Mary Ida Nugent

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

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.