University of Evansville

Exercise and Sport Science

EXSS students find a dynamic environment for the study of health, fitness, wellness, and sport.

After Graduation

Alumni Profile

Ben Menke
Austin, Texas

A passion for sports brought Ben Menke to UE's exercise science program. His classes and internships provided him with the skills to share his enthusiasm with others. "My course work has been challenging, yet it has given me what I need to accurately train others and assist them in improving their overall health and wellness."

Ben's internships have given him the opportunity to put what he has learned in class into practice. "At the Children's Museum of Evansville, I put together fun and interactive activities about basic nutrition and health. Working as a camp counselor, I planned activities for kids ages 6-13 and modified sports and games to age appropriate levels. My internship at the YMCA pertained the most to my major, as I developed an adaptive soccer program and worked as a personal trainer. I really enjoy looking at the science aspect of exercise."

Ben is spending a semester in Costa Rica before entering UE's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. "I've taken numerous Spanish classes, so I'm excited about immersing myself in the language and culture. As I think about the future, I'm considering how I can combine this experience with my degree to serve others — perhaps as a physical therapist in a bilingual environment."

Alumni Professionals

UE Department of Exercise and Sport Science alumni are employed in a wide range of career fields. Below is a listing of alumni and their professional position.

  • MacKenzie Alsip
    Athletic Training Graduate Assistant, University of Tennessee
  • Jenna (Hayes) Alspaugh
    Senior Sales Professional, Eli Lilly
  • Ryan Barrett
    Ticket Sales Executive Director, Indianapolis Indians
  • Tom Benson
    Director, WUEV radio station, University of Evansville
  • Josh Bisher
    Senior Program Director, Recreational Services, Ball State University
  • Devin Brennan
    Environmental Health Specialist, Hendricks County Health Department, Indianapolis
  • Phil Broshears
    MD, St. Mary's Health Care System
  • Jamie Carroll
    Professional baseball player
  • Wes Carroll
    Head Baseball Coach, University of Evansville
  • Terry Collins
    Head Athletic Trainer, University of Evansville
  • Samantha Conrad
    Assistant Soccer Coach, Ashford University
  • Jessica (Reeder) Gibson
    P A Program, University of Kentucky, Deaconess Health System
  • Laura Graybrick
    Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Events, Indiana University Health
  • Liz Gregg, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Sport Management, University of North Florida
  • Holly (Wimberg) Happe
    P A Program, Indiana State University
  • Erik Hemenway
    Athletic Trainer/PTA, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Staci Hodges
    Team Leader, The Heart Hospital Cardiac Rehab, Deaconess Health Systems
  • Thomas Knox
    Director of Player Performance and Rehabilitation, Washington Wizards, NBA
  • Joni Johnson
    Head Athletic Trainer, Austin Peay State University
  • Kavon Lacy
    Director of Basketball Operations, University of Evansville
  • Matthew Larson
    Wellness Director, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • Chris Lindeman
    Executive Director, Hamilton Central YMCA, Great Miami Valley YMCA
  • Amanda McClain
    PhD student, Nutrition, Cornell University
  • Brooke (Robinson) Mickens
    Director of Ticket Sales and Athletic Events Operations, University of Evansville
  • Nicole Moyen
    PhD student, Exercise Physiology, University of Arkansas
  • Craig Phifer
    Director of Rehab Services, Orthopedic & Sport Medicine, Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Aaron Reis
    Strength & Conditioning Coach, Kansas City Royals Minor League System
  • Shelbi Reynolds
    Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Western Michigan University
  • Skyler Richards
    Head Athletic Trainer, Dallas FC Major League Professional Soccer
  • Adam Rogers
    South Central Regional Manager, American Junior Golf Association
  • Christiana Schmidgdall, ATC
    Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Evansville
  • Mark Sutherlin
    PhD student, Kinesiology, University of Virginia
  • Zach Taylor
    Practice Manager, Visiting Physicians Association of Greater Indianapolis