May 27, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletics and Physical Education

Natalie Winkelfoos, Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education
Sara M. Schoenhoft, Associate Director of Campus Recreation; chair

Isabel S. Alexander, Associate Head Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach
Raymond M. Appenheimer, Director of Track and Field and Cross Country
Deanna M. Bergdorf, Instructor of Vinyasa Yoga and Director of Winter Term and Global Learning
Alexander de la Peña, Head Swimming and Diving Coach and Aquatics Director
Stephany Dunmyer, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Taylor M. Houck, Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Eric A. Ishida, Head Men’s Tennis Coach
Erin N. Mitchell, Interim Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
D. Blake New, Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Cadence M. Pearson Lane, Instructor of Vinyasa Yoga
Ryan M. Polak, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
John S. Pont, Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Julie K. Pratt, Head Softball Coach
Erica F. Rau, Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Athletics Director
Johnathan R. Ray, Head Baseball Coach
Kimberly Russell, Employee Wellness Project Manager
Shiva Senthil, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Magdalena Stepnik, Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Benjamin R. Wach, Instructor of Bowling and Assistant Track and Field Coach for Sprints and Hurdles
Jessica R. West, Head Field Hockey Coach

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Oberlin takes pride in the fact that since 1896 physical education has been considered an important part of a liberal arts education. To accomplish this goal, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education at Oberlin College has a five-part structure:

  1. YeoFit and general recreation;
  2. physical activity courses;
  3. intramurals;
  4. club sports; and
  5. varsity intercollegiate sports for men and women.

Departmental Policies

  • All physical activity courses are co-curricular.
  • All physical activity courses are offered for Pass/No Pass grading only.
  • Any course change after registration must be made through the Department of Athletics and Physical Education office.
  • Physical activity courses offered by the athletics and physical education department are open to all genders unless otherwise noted.

Credit Hours and Repeatability

  • Physical activity courses are offered as full-semester courses bearing one credit (1.0), or as module courses bearing one-half credit (0.5).
  • Students are permitted to receive a maximum of two credit hours in any one activity course.
    • ​Since most activity courses are 0.5 credit, most courses can be taken a total of four times.
    • Should students wish to receive more than two credits in a particular course, they must petition the Physical Education Curriculum Committee with a specific request/justification.
    • Varsity athletic credit is exempt from the two-credit limit.


It is the purpose of the activity program to contribute to the liberal education of students through experiences in movement and to encourage their physical and mental wellbeing. A broad program of aquatics, yoga, sports, and body integrating experiences is offered to help the students develop skills, attitudes, and other resources that will enable them to lead an active and productive life.

Members of the department welcome consultation with students regarding the selection of experiences that will best meet their needs and interests.


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