Sports Studies Program Earns National Recognition

Contact: Erika L. Forsythe
(304) 766-3363

July 18, 2013
WVSU Sports Studies Program Earns National Recognition

INSTITUTE, W.Va.The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has renewed West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Sports Studies program’s distinction as the only one in the state recognized through the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP).

“To have our program recognized by the NSCA demonstrates the commitment of WVSU and the program’s faculty and students to educational excellence in our chosen field,” said Dr. Aaron Settle, associate professor and program director of the Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies. “We are so very proud of our recent graduates who serve their communities in productive work ranging from conducting research with national level track and field athletes to serving as strength and conditioning coaches, athletic coaches, youth sport directors and attending graduate school.”

The NSCA-ERP recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

ERP recognitions are good for three years and schools are eligible for renewal following this three-year period.
WVSU was initially accepted into the NSCA-ERP in July 2010.

For more information about NSCA or its educational programs, visit, or for more information about the Sports Studies program at WVSU contact Dr. Aaron Settle at (304) 766-3367 or
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