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Ben Snyder, Ph.D., CSCS*D
Dr. Snyder oversees the Exercise and Sport Science curriculum and is the program coordinator for Physical Education. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. from Ohio University where he studied muscle physiology and became interested in the field of strength and conditioning. Dr. Snyder's educational philosophy centers on student engagement through hands-on and visual learning. His research interests include electromyographic and video analysis of strength training exercises and sport activities. His off-campus interests include music (Wilco, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Rachmaninoff), San Antonio Spurs basketball, Tottenham Hotspur and his two kids, Grayson and Brookelyn.    

Jim Kamla, Ph.D.
Dr. Kamla oversees the Physical Education Teacher Education program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and is a strong advocate for the mission of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. His research interests include the importance of healthy lifestyles in Physical Educators. Dr. Kamla enthusiastically encourages students to strive to become the best physical educators possible and models effective teaching both in and outside the classroom. His outside interests include University of Wisconsin and Green Bay Packer football, as well as Chicago Cub baseball. 

Kelvin Wu, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelvin Wu is a native of Taiwan. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied Neurocognitive Kinesiology. His research interests include assessing the effects of physical activity and exercise on cognitive function. Dr. Wu enthusiastically encourages students to be involved in hands-on learning and as well as critical thinking. His outside interests include travel, tennis and Los Angeles Lakers basketball.  

Gary Lynch, M.S.Ed
Gary is originally from Blackburn, England. Gary played professional soccer for Doncaster Rovers in England before moving to the United States in 2001 to play soccer at the University of South Carolina, Upstate. During his time at the USC Upstate Gary earned All-Conference, All-Region and First Team All-America honors. In 2004, Gary was named the USC Upstate Male Student Athlete of the year. Gary went on to coach at the NCAA Division 1 level for both the University of North Florida and the University of South Carolina, Upstate. Gary holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Education through the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Gary's research interests include physical activity in elementary school, happiness and the impact wellness has on teaching performance. 

Adjunct Faculty  

Maya Carter, M.A.
Maya Carter is a native of Dayton, Ohio. Maya has more than 25 years of progressive, responsible experience in Aquatics and Recreation. She is an active Instructor Trainer for The American Red Cross and holds Instructor certifications in CPR, 1st Aid, Lifeguarding and Water Safety.  Maya has a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University Midwest (Yellow Springs, Ohio) in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Exercise Studies from the University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, Ohio).. Maya is currently the Aquatics Director at the Wellness Center and has been teaching for the School of Education since 2010.

Scott Senger, M.S., CSCS, RSCC, ATC
Scott is the head strength and conditioning coach at USC Upstate and oversees the Human Performance Center and all aspects of athlete training regimens. He is also the CSCS sponsor of our NSCA-recognized strength and conditioning curriculum. Scott is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned his M.S. in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science. Among other classes, Scott teaches Essentials of Strength and Conditioning and supervises strength and conditioning interns in the Human Performance Center. When he's not in the weight room, Scott spends his time on the ice, officiating professional hockey.

Brent Smith, M.S., ATC
Brent is a longtime member of the Athletic Training staff at Upstate and teaches classes in First Aid and Athletic Training. Brent received his Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

Stacie Snyder, M.S., R.N.
Stacie is a graduate of Ohio University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in the area of Exercise Physiology. She is also a graduate of the Baptist School of Professional Nursing in San Antonio Texas.  Stacie teaches classes in the Medical Fitness track of the new B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science.  When Stacie has free time she can be found spending time with her family, including two children and training for her third marathon.

Grace Anne Vick, M.S.
Grace Anne Vick holds a BS degree in Physical Education and an MS in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University. Mrs. Vick is a licensed physical education teacher and has experience supervising an after-school activity program at East Carolina University as well as supervising graduate students who teach. Mrs. Vick holds the Physical Activity in Public Health certification and the Group Exercise Instructor Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. 

Contact Us

Dr. Ben Snyder
Program Coordinator
Exercise and Sports Science Director
Phone: 864-503-5528
Fax: 864-503-5574

Dr. Jim Kamla
Physical Education Teacher Education Director
Phone: 864-503-5851
Fax: 864-503-5574

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Spartanburg, SC 29303
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