Preparing Individuals to Teach and Coach

Physical Education Bike HockeyThe undergraduate major in physical education is designed to prepare individuals to teach physical education and provides certification to coach at the middle and high school levels.

The program poses an integrated concentration of courses in motor development, health-related fitness and wellness, biological sciences, rhythms, individual and dual sport methods courses, elementary and secondary methods, physical education for exceptional children, adventure education, and two aquatics certifications, all with an emphasis on learning how to teach.

Students begin studying physical education foundations and their application to human development and learning as early as the freshman year. This is accompanied by more than 20 contact hours of supervised field experience with an on-campus preschool motor development program involving preschool children with and without disabilities.

During the first two years of study, each activity course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to learn and apply teaching applications. Ten contact hours in the schools is experienced during the sophomore year. The physical education program combined with the Clare College liberal arts requirements of the University provide physical education majors with a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

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Rotich, Willy Kipkemboi

Titles/Responsibilities Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2372
Office Location Butler Gym, 1A
Courses Taught
  • PHED 102. Gymnastics 
  • PHED 301-302. Team Sports  
  • PHED 304. Secondary School Methods 
  • PHED 306. Assessment 
  • PHED 308C. Theory and Techniques of Coaching 
  • PHED 414. Social Theory of Sport 
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • M.Ed., Sports Pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • B.Ed., Physical Education, Kenyatta University, 1999
Personal Interests/Community Involvement


  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
Other Education
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor, 2009-Present
  • Millennium Academy, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2004-2006
  • Millennium Academy, Physical Education Teacher, 2002-2004
  • Kenya National Examination Council, Examiner, 2000-2002
  • St Augustine’s Teachers Training College, Physical Education Instructor, 1999-2002


  • Harrison, L. Jr., Sailes, G., & Rotich, W. K. (in review). Race and Athletic Identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Rotich, W. K.,  Harrison L. Jr., & Keating, X (in review).  Effects of Model Similarity in the Learning of Skills in Cricket. Education, Sport & Society 
  • Rotich, W.K., Harrison, L. Jr., & Nthiga, P.  (In Preparation) Brawn Drain and the Case of Kenyan Athletics: The Shady Side of Sport and International Relations 


  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2007). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning Motor Skills. Presentation at the annual meeting of the North America Society for Sociology of Sports (NASSS), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rotich, W. K. & Harrison L Jr (2008). Effects of Model Similarity on Learning of Skills in Cricket. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Rotich, W. K. (2008). Highlighting Paul Robeson to Debunk Stereotypes About College Athletes Today. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Fort Worth, TX
  • Brian D., Rotich, W.K., Xiaofen, K, Louis H. (2009) Health Related Fitness Physical Activity of Elementary Minority Students, American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Tampa, FL
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects Modeling effects in the learning of motor skills, cultural differences in choice of physical activities and sports, diversity issues in education, technology in physical activity
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