Careers and Graduate Success in ESS

The skills you learn here will prepare you for a multitude of careers after graduation.

Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) majors can be personal trainers, physical therapists, teachers, coaches and more. Here is a sampling of what recent ESS graduates are doing.

Athletic Training
Jamie Potts (2010) — athletic trainer and instructor at Upper Iowa University
Jennifer (Sandquist) Stavenger (2008) — rehab specialist at Vitality Chiropractic
Jason Rinne (2008) — assistant athletic trainer at Augustana University

Exercise Science
Matthew Heesch (2010) — enrolled in PhD program in Exercise Science at University of Nebraska, Omaha
Casey Mouw (2010) — head coach at CrossFit, Sioux Falls
Brandon Krueger (2010) — trainer at Sioux Empire Fitness
Sarah Questad (2010) — Occupational Therapy program at University of South Dakota
Jessie (Mootz) Finke and Annalise Pepin (2009) — both completed Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Des Moines University in 2012

Fitness Management
Drew Heithoff (2011) — strength and conditioning internship at UCLA
Brady MacIver (2011) — Sales Manager, Anytime Fitness
Ellen Andrews (2011) — master’s program in Kinesiology at Sam Houston State
Abby Vandalenotte (2008) — finance department at Good Samaritan Society

Physical Education
Chris Janisch (2011) — teacher in Sioux Falls School District
Josh Niedenfuer (2010) — master’s degree in Special Education, teaching in Anoka, Minn.
Allison Rutherford (2010) — master’s program in Education at University of SD
Mallory Larson (2007) — teacher and coach in Bellevue, Neb.

Sport Management
Chad Vander Poel (2011) — venue operations with the US Olympic Committee, London—summer 2012
Katelyn Tobin (2011) — leadership position at Ameriprise
Nicholas Lehnen (2010) — public relations with Sioux Falls Canaries