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Sports Fitness Network Contributors

An eclectic group of subject matter experts in the fields of sports management, and health and fitness. The backgrounds of our writers range from online instructors, coaches and health professionals.

Jay Richardson, Editor Jay Richardson is a full-time staff member at American Public University. His professional career includes nearly 20 years in professional sports management and leadership. Jay represents APU at industry events and conferences and manages relationships with APU’s sports and fitness industry partners. @SportsAPUS
Dr. Lisa Miller, Contributor Dr. Lisa M. Miller has been teaching sport and exercise courses for over 10 years with a background in Sport Management, Sport Leadership, Sport Ethics, Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology, Sport Event Management, Human Resources in Sport and Exercise, and Research Methods. Dr. Miller graduated with a Master of Labor and Human Resources from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She then earned her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Management with a specialization in Counseling and Sport Psychology in addition to a concentration in Research on Human Development. She also completed a concentration from the Harvard Divinity School in Religious Studies and Education. Dr. Miller serves on the Executive Council for the North American Society of Sport Management and serves as the Chair for the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. @DrLisaMMiller
Brian Freeland, Contributor Brian Freeland is the Program Director for Sports and Health Sciences and Sports Management at American Public University. Brian’s focus and philosophy on education center on helping students evolve academically and personally through providing innovative teaching strategies that encourage, motivate, and challenge students to reach their full potential.@SportsAPUS_BF
Dr. Tiffany Reiss, Contributor Dr. Tiffany Reiss received her Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Virginia Tech and holds a master’s in exercise physiology from Appalachian State University. Currently she is the Director of Exercise Science and Wellness at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and American Public University. @TiffanyReiss
Jiji Russell, Contributor JiJi Russell, a wellness professional for the last 12 years, holds national certification as a yoga instructor and Integrative Nutrition counselor. Before APUS, she founded and directed a successful healing arts center, where she worked with groups and individual clients. JiJi also holds a B.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University.
Dr. Michele Monaco, DSc, ATC
Dr. Michele Monaco is an Associate Professor at American Public University System in the Department of Sports and Health Sciences. Her bachelor’s degree is in Physical Education, with a concentration in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University. Dr. Monaco earned her master’s degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University, and earned a terminal degree as a Doctor of Science in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has been a certified athletic trainer since 1997, and engages in professional service to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association on the state, regional and national level.
Dr. Brett Simmermacher, Contributor Dr. Bret Simmermacher is currently a teacher/coach at Artesia High School in Artesia, NM. Prior to his time at Artesia he was an Instructor/Head Baseball Coach at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico. He taught Sports Management, Theory Leadership and Coaching, Sports Officiating, and Golf classes at NMMI. He graduated with his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Health, Leisure, and Sports/Physical Education in 1986. From 2000 – 2003, he returned to Daphne to work on his doctorate and successfully graduated with his Doctorate of Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in July 2003.
Dr. Tim Rice, Contributor Dr. Tim Rice serves as an adjunct professor in sport management for American Public University. Rice graduated from the University of Mobile (AL) in 1993 with a degree in physical education and a minor in history. He was an NAIA All-District and All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference performer in cross country during his collegiate career at Mobile, leading the Rams to three NAIA National Championship Meets. He received master’s and doctoral degrees in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has served in coaching and administrative roles at the NCAA Division I and III levels, NAIA and NCCAA levels, and high school level during his career. He has served as a head collegiate coach in basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer during this time, as well as serving in the roles of Sports Information Director and Athletic Director. @DrTimRice
Dr. Lauri Byerley, Contributor Dr. Lauri O. Byerley is currently an Associate Professor in Sports and Health Sciences. She received her PhD from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. As well, she is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. During the last two decades, she has been actively involved in nutrition research. Her focus is nutrition metabolism and its role in cancer, obesity, and exercise. She has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at more than 30 local, state and national meetings.
Karyn is a certified athletic trainer with experience in athletic training, strength and conditioning, personal fitness training, and post-rehab training of clients with orthopedic and metabolic issues. With international speaking experience, Karyn focuses on continuing education for health professionals and training the next generation of health and fitness professionals.
Dr. Stephen Juaire, Contributor Dr. Stephen Juaire is currently an Associate Professor in Sports and Health Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Motor behavior/Sports Psychology from Florida State University and his certification in Athletic Training from Winona State University. He has 15 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level and five serving as a director of athletics, also at the collegiate level. Steve has worked with Olympic, collegiate, and high school athletes with strategies that include goal-setting, attentional control, stress management, behavior modification, and systematic desensitization. With more than 37 years of experience teaching and developing curriculum in sport related programs, Steve’s current interests center on the psychological training of athletes and leadership and management of sport.
Aaron Mehl, Contributor Aaron Mehl is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health Sciences at American Public University System. Aaron holds a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership (VCU), and Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science (Hope College, MI), where he played football. Aaron is currently the head football strength and conditioning coach at Virginia State University. Aaron is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is also a certified MAT Team level 5 PRT instructor, TRX level 1 Certified, and CPR/AED BLS for Healthcare Providers certified by the American Heart Association. He has extensive experience with tactical strength and conditioning with military and police audiences. @amehlcscs
Joe Rice, Contributor Joe is a professor in the Sports Management Department at APUS concentrating on coaching leadership and methods. A former teacher and coach for over 20 years, Joe brings a lot of practical applications to his students. He is also the founder of, the webs largest resource of coaching videos and has worked with some of the top high school, college and club coaches in the country. @kuddalacrosse
WojnarPamPhoto Dr. Pam Wojnar, Contributor Dr. Wojnar has worked in higher education for over 25 years, holding such positions as athletic director, assistant athletic director, sports information director, head women’s basketball coach, assistant women’s volleyball coach, and compliance officer. Dr. Wojnar was trained, as a leadership facilitator for the NCAA’s Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference, and is a graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement. She also served on numerous NCAA, conference and institutional committees including the NCAA Research Committee and the Division III Women’s Basketball Committee. Her teaching and research interests include sports administration, leadership, event management, and coaching.