Blog Archives: Exercise and Sport Science

HPU’s Dr. Rick Beelby inducted into WBU’s Athletic Hall of Honor

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Rick Beelby WBU for webBROWNWOOD – October 8, 2014 – Dr. Rick Beelby, associate professor of exercise and sport science at Howard Payne University, was recently inducted into Wayland Baptist University’s Athletic Hall of Honor. Dr. Beelby coached track and field at WBU from 1988 to 2001.

A news release issued by WBU quoted Dr. Beelby as saying the development of character is the most essential element for participating in athletics.

“I like what athletics can do for young men and women,” he said. “It gives them a purpose and a direction and an opportunity to set goals and achieve those goals if they use discipline and honest effort. I was probably attracted to that aspect of (coaching) as much as anything.”

The news release listed Dr. Beelby’s accomplishments at WBU, including training 30 women and six men National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national champions, guiding the men’s and women’s track and field teams to NAIA indoor national championships and three times being named the NAIA National Coach of the Year.

Dr. Graham Hatcher, department chair and professor of exercise and sport science at Howard Payne University, said HPU also celebrates Dr. Beelby’s recognition by WBU.

“Since coming to HPU, Dr. Beelby has provided exemplary leadership across campus and in developing an instructional program that is noted statewide,” said Dr. Hatcher. “But most important is his Christian commitment and inspirational mentorship to hundreds of students.”

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Photo cutline: Dr. Rick Beelby, associate professor of exercise and sport science at Howard Payne University, was recently inducted into Wayland Baptist University’s Athletic Hall of Honor. He is pictured on the HPU campus.

Department of Exercise and Sport Science recognizes four

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ESS.StudentAwards2013-14Four graduating seniors claimed the department’s top awards during the university’s Academic Awards Convocation on April 30, 2014. Amber Jones (Houston, TX) was named the Outstanding Graduate in the Athletic Training major, Hannah Hicks (Flower Mound, TX) and Mallory Orms (Springtown, TX) were named Outstanding Graduates in the Exercise and Sport Science major, and Rachel Moore (Sierra Blanco, TX) was recognized for maintaining the Highest GPA among 2013-14 seniors.

(L > R: Jones, Hicks, Moore, and Orms)

2014 graduate Hannah Hicks recognized by the American Kinesiology Association

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Hannah Hicks ESS for webHannah Hicks, was recently named as the department’s first Undergraduate Scholar to be recognized by the American Kinesiology Association.  Hicks (Flower Mound, TX) received her BS in Exercise and Sport Science, with a Personal Trainer emphasis, during spring commencement exercises on May 10.