Sherry Barkley, Ph. D., FACSM
Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences (Department Chair)
Froiland Science Complex #279
Dr. Sherry Barkley is an associate 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.
James Day, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
Dr. James Day, program director and assistant professor of athletic training, earned his doctorate of education in adult and higher learning from the University of South Dakota. He came from Buena Vista University where he was the athletic training program director and assistant professor of exercise science. Dr. Day received his M.A. from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He was the program director at Buena Vista University in 2015 and held numerous AT positions at BVU from 2006-15.
Brian Gerry, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Professor, ESS
Brian Gerry currently serves as assistant professor and the head athletic trainer for Augustana University. He has been teaching within the University’s Excercise Sport Science Department since 1993. Prior to his current position at Augustana, Gerry developed the Sports Outreach Program for Sanford Health where he served as coordinator from 1993-2001. Through this position, 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. This was the first time that a non-physician had ever won the award. Gerry graduated from Southwest State University (Marshall, Minnesota) 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.
Brittany Gorres-Martens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, ESS
Froiland Science Complex #281
Dr. Brittany Gorres-Martens, assistant professor of exercise science, earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences is from South Dakota State University. Her area of research focuses on the benefits of exercise on type 2 diabetes, particularly the regulation of proteins involved in the insulin signaling pathway and fat metabolism. She comes to Augustana from Cleveland University where she was an assistant professor.
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.
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. Rinne and his wife Stephanie reside in Sioux Falls.
Shane Scholten, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Froiland Science Complex #277
Shane Scholten, assistant professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences, earned his Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Science from South Dakota State University. His research is related to vitamin D supplementation effects on physical performance in addition to investigating the uses of velocity barbell training in the weight room. He teaches Biomechanics, Nutrition, Exercise Leadership, Fitness Administration, Science of Exercise, and Introduction to Exercise and Sport Sciences at Augustana University and serves as an advisory board member on South Dakota’s National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Brooke Bleeker started as an assistant athletic trainer at Augustana in the spring semester of 2020-2021. Bleeker will work primarily with baseball, swimming, and football programs at Augustana. Prior to working at Augustana, Bleeker spent the 2020-2021 athletic year working at Dordt University with the volleyball, cross country, and track athletes. A 2020 AU graduate, Bleeker spent the 2019-2020 athletic year as a graduate student intern with the Augustana baseball, swimming, and football teams. While at Augustana, Bleeker was a member of the women's soccer team and was part of the defense that won the 2015 NSIC Championship Tournament. She was also a four-year member of the Augustana University CIVITAS Honors Program and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Bleeker is a Sergeant Bluff, Iowa native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Augustana in 2018 and her Masters in Athletic Training from Augustana in 2020.
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor
Jordan Lindberg started as an assistant athletic trainer at Augustana in 2016-17. Lindberg will work primarily with soccer, wrestling and baseball programs at Augustana. A 2016 AU graduate, Lindberg spent the 2015-16 athletic year as a senior intern with the Augustana football, soccer, wrestling and baseball teams. In addition, Lindberg also interned with the Sioux Falls Canaries where he assisted in with treatments and game preparations. While at Augustana, Lindberg won numerous awards including the South Dakota Athletic Training Student of the Year in 2016. He was also a four-year member of the Augustana University CIVITAS Honors Program, President of the Augustana Athletic Training Student Association and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Lindberg is a Dell Rapids, South Dakota, native and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from Augustana in 2016.