Sherry Barkley, Ph. D., FACSM
Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences (Department Chair)
Dr. Sherry Barkley is an assistant professor in the ESS department. She joined the faculty on a part-time basis in 1995 while she continued to work as a clinical exercise physiologist in a local hospital. She accepted a full-time appointment and became chair of the department in 2005. Dr. Barkley teaches a variety of courses including "Physiology of Exercise," "Fitness Measurement and Prescription," and "Nutrition and Exercise." She coordinates internships for exercise science and fitness management students and is the director of Augustana’s Master of Arts in sports administration and leadership. Dr. Barkley received her B.S. in physical education and mathematics with a minor in athletic training from SDSU and her M.S. in exercise science from the University of Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Science with an emphasis in nutrition from SDSU. She is recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Specialist and a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Dr. Barkley’s research interests are in the role of exercise and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Collin Authier returned to Augustana as a full-time assistant men's basketball coach in 2014-15. Authier spent three seasons at Augustana, including two as a graduate assistant from 2009-2012. Authier recently completed his third season as the assistant to the head coach at NCAA Division I Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He was responsible for the majority of the administrative tasks surrounding the program, including team travel. Authier was also in charge of the teams’ camps and community service projects. During Authier’s stint at Augustana, the Vikings posted a 66-26 record, including the 2009-10 season when Augustana won a school record 24 games. He was on staff for two straight NCAA Tournament berths, including two Sweet 16 appearances. Before coming to Augustana, Authier attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2006-2008, where he also worked as a student assistant for the men's basketball program. Authier assisted in all aspects of the basketball program, which included practice, player development, scouting, game preparation, film exchange and recruiting. Authier earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Augustana in 2009 and his master's degree in education in 2011.
Soccer - Head Coach
Brandon Barkus joined the ESS/Athletic department in 2006. He serves as the head coach for the women's soccer team, and also teaches "Adaptive Physical Education," "Sport in Society" and a variety of activity courses. He received his B.A. in physical education from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kans. and his M.A. in education from Augustana. Brandon's other interests include outdoor activites such as snowboarding, camping rock climbing and spending time with his family.
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Brett Chambers joined the ESS/Athletic department in 2006, and serves as the department's strength and conditioning coordinator. He teaches exercise science courses related to performance enhancement and Strength and Conditioning Certification preparation. He earned his B.S. in health, sports leisure and physical studies from the University of Iowa and a M.S. in physical education and exercise science from the University of South Dakota. In his free time, Brett enjoys spending time with his family.
Brian Gerry, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor, ESS
Brian Gerry has served as the program director of athletic training and the head athletic trainer for Augustana University since the inception of the athletic training major in 1996. He has been teaching within the University’s ESS Department since 1993. Prior to his current position at Augustana, Brian developed the Sports Outreach Program for Sanford Health where he secured numerous athletic training service contracts and developed the Summer Strength and Conditioning program, the Sports One Celebrity Football Camp and the Summer Jam Basketball League. He also served as the head athletic trainer for Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., from 1987-1993 and previously worked with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in 1986. In 1997, he received the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency Program. Brian graduated from Southwest State University (Marshall, Minn.) in 1985 with a B.S. in physical education & health education. He received his M.S. in athletic training from Indiana State University in 1987.
Emily Haywood, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor
Emily Haywood joined Augustana in 2014 as an assistant athletic trainer at Augustana. Haywood, a native of Okoboji, Iowa, earned her Masters of Science in athletic training from South Dakota State in 2010 and will work primarily with the volleyball, women’s basketball and softball programs. Haywood spent the last three years as an athletic trainer at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and was an assistant athletic trainer at Luther in 2010 and 2011 before being named the head athletic trainer in 2012. She is a 2005 graduate of South Dakota State University.
Track & CC (M & W) - Head Coach
Tracy Hellman has been a member of Augustana's ESS/Athletic Department since 2000. He serves as the head coach for men's and women's track and cross country. Tracy has taught a variety of courses including "Nutrition," "Health," "Psychology of Coaching" and a number of activity courses. He received a B.S. in exercise science from the University of Sioux Falls and an M.S. in kinesiology from Humbolt State University in Calif. In his free time, Tracy's interests include traveling, running and other outdoor activities.
Baseball - Head Coach
Tim Huber has been with the Augustana ESS/Athletic Department since 2008, and serves as the head coach for the baseball team. He is also the instructor for "Theory of Coaching Baseball." Tim received his B.S. degree in sport management with a coaching minor from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an M.S. in educational leadership with an emphasis in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University. Tim enjoys exercising, sports activities, and still actively plays amateur baseball.
Kyle Johnson, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor
Joining the staff in 2012, Kyle Johnson primarily works with the soccer, wrestling, and baseball teams as well as assisting with track and field. A native of Hartford, S.D., Johnson most recently served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Southwest Minnesota State University while working towards a master's degree in sports management. Kyle graduated from South Dakota State University in 2010 with a degree in athletic training/sports medicine. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Sioux Falls.
Softball - Head Coach
Gretta Melsted has been the head softball coach at Augustana since 2006. She also teaches "Motor Development," "Stress Management" and "Theory of Coaching Softball." Gretta received her B.A. degree in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and an M. Ed. in elementary and secondary education administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri Gretta enjoys golfing, reading and traveling in her free time.
Wrestling - Head Coach
Jason Reitmeier has been the head coach for the wrestling team at Augustana since 2003. He also teaches "Theory of Coaching Wrestling." Jason received both his B.A. degree in elementary education, and his M.A. in education from Augustana. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.
Jason Rinne, MA, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor
A 2008 graduate of Augustana, Jason Rinne joined the staff in 2012, primarily working with the men’s basketball team, as well as assisting with football and track and field. After graduating from Augustana, Rinne spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he worked with football, ice hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. Jason and his wife Stephanie reside in Sioux Falls.
Women's Basketball - Assistant Coach
Mark Stavenger joined the ESS/Athletic department in 2007 and serves as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team. He also teaches a variety of activity courses including "Bootcamp Fitness," "Golf and Tennis." Mark earned both his B.A. degree in exercise science and fitness management and his M.A. in education from Augustana. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing basketball, golfing, camping and traveling.