Health and Human Performance Lab

St. Bonaventure's Health and Human Performance Lab, used jointly by students and faculty in the physical education, sport studies and biology programs, provides hands-on experience with human performance measurement equipment.

Preparing Individuals to Teach and Coach

Physical Education Bike HockeyThe undergraduate physical education major is designed to prepare individuals to teach physical education and provides certification to coach at the middle and high school levels.

The program poses an integrated concentration of courses in motor development, health-related fitness and wellness, biological sciences, rhythms, individual and dual sport methods courses, elementary and secondary methods, physical education for exceptional children, adventure education, and two aquatics certifications, all with an emphasis on learning how to teach.

The physical education degree will put you in schools

Students begin studying physical education foundations and their application to human development and learning as early as the freshman year. This is accompanied by more than 20 contact hours of supervised field experience with an on-campus preschool motor development program involving preschool children with and without disabilities.

During the first two years of study, each activity course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to learn and apply teaching applications. Ten contact hours in the schools is experienced during the sophomore year. The physical education program combined with the Clare College liberal arts requirements of the University provide physical education majors with a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

News, Publications and Research

Faculty Research & Honors

    Nov 30, 2016

    Dr. Willy K. Rotich
    Associate Professor of Physical Education

    Dr. Willy K. Rotich, associate professor of physical education, published an article in the journal Strategies on Nov. 4, 2016, titled "Leveraging the Habit-forming Aspects of Technology to Increase Levels of Physical Activity." The article highlighted potential uses of habit-forming technology (like video games) in ways that could promote physical activity and in the process make these technologies an ally rather than obstacle in combating inactivity. Dr. Rotich also presented at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 9-13. His presentation was titled "The Expanding English Premier League Soccer Fan base: Reverse drain of sports benefits in the wake of globalization," discussing the globalization that has led to an increased fan base for the English Premier League Soccer, especially in the developing world.

Rotich, Willy Kipkemboi

ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: (716) 375-2372
  • PHED 102. Gymnastics 
  • PHED 301-302. Team Sports  
  • PHED 304. Secondary School Methods 
  • PHED 306. Assessment 
  • PHED 308C. Theory and Techniques of Coaching 
  • PHED 414. Social Theory of Sport 
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • M.Ed., Sports Pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • B.Ed., Physical Education, Kenyatta University, 1999
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor, 2009-Present
  • Millennium Academy, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2004-2006
  • Millennium Academy, Physical Education Teacher, 2002-2004
  • Kenya National Examination Council, Examiner, 2000-2002
  • St Augustine’s Teachers Training College, Physical Education Instructor, 1999-2002


  • Harrison, L. Jr., Sailes, G., & Rotich, W. K. (in review). Race and Athletic Identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Rotich, W. K.,  Harrison L. Jr., & Keating, X (in review).  Effects of Model Similarity in the Learning of Skills in Cricket. Education, Sport & Society 
  • Rotich, W.K., Harrison, L. Jr., & Nthiga, P.  (In Preparation) Brawn Drain and the Case of Kenyan Athletics: The Shady Side of Sport and International Relations 


  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2007). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning Motor Skills. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North America Society for Sociology of Sports (NASSS), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2008). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning of Skills in Cricket. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Rotich, W. K. (2008). Highlighting Paul Robeson to Debunk Stereotypes About College Athletes Today. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Brian D., Rotich, W.K., Xiaofen, K, Louis H. (2009) Health Related Fitness Physical Activity of Elementary Minority Students, American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Tampa, FL
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS Modeling effects in the learning of motor skills, cultural differences in choice of physical activities and sports, diversity issues in education, technology in physical activity


  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

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