Faculty | Master of Science in Athletic Training | Concordia University Irvine

Meet the Team

One of our greatest assets at Concordia University Irvine is our dedicated faculty. In a small learning environment, our professors care about you—not just your performance—and they cultivate lifelong mentoring relationships with the students they teach.

Dedicated Faculty

  • Cliff Pawley Pawley, Cliff, EdD, ATC
  • Program Director of Athletic Training Education
  • Gym 103
  • (949) 214-3556
Cliff Pawley

Program Director of Athletic Training Education

Degrees Earned

  • Southern Illinois University (1990) Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Specialization in Athletic Training.
  • University of Louisiana - Monroe (1992) Master of Education in Exercise Physiology
  • Union University (2014). Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Biography

Cliff Pawley enters his fourth year as full time faculty at Concordia University Irvine following thirteen years in athletic training administration at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is appointed as the Program Director of Athletic Training Education at Concordia, a position that he previously held at Union for nine years. He also served as the Associate Head Athletic Trainer for Union University's men's basketball team and served four years that the athletic training programs Clinical Education Coordinator. Cliff holds current memberships in good standing with the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) the Far West Athletic Trainer’s Association (FWATA), and the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA). He was certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification in 1990 and been licensed to practice in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. He was appointed to the State of Tennessee Board of Athletic Trainers in 2011 and also served as a liaison to the TATS Education Committee. In 2014 he received the Jerry Robertson Educator Award by the membership of the Tennessee Athletic Trainer Society for service to promoting athletic training education in the State of Tennessee. He also he the SEATA Education/Administration Athletic Trainer Award in 2015.

Cliff is originally from Elkville, Illinois where he graduated from Elverado High School in 1980. Following four years of service in the United States Navy, Cliff pursued degrees from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (Bachelor of Science, 1990), University of Louisiana - Monroe (Master of Education, 1992), and Union University (Doctor of Education, 2014) with emphases in athletic training, exercise physiology, and higher education respectively. His background of professional practice includes 10 years of service at three private physical therapy practices in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fairhope, Alabama and Bay Minette, Alabama in which he was responsible for coordinating outreach sports medicine programs for Pascagoula, Moss Point, Daphne and Baldwin County High Schools. Cliff began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor at the University of Mobile and Faulkner State Community College before accepting a faculty appointment at Union University in 2001.

Cliff is married to the former Sherrie Cossey of Senatobia, Mississippi. They share their home in Aliso Viejo with their dogs, Beau and Chevy. Cliff has one daughter, Bethany, who is 19. Sherrie has three children, Caty, Courtney, and Codi Lyn, ages 24, 22, and 17 respectively.

His interests include cycling, body boarding, paddle boarding, roller coasters, basketball, softball, golf, physical fitness, watching college sports and spending time with his family. He is currently holds his church membership at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, California.

  • Jennifer Rizzo Rizzo, Jennifer, EdD, ATC, CES
  • Coordinator of Clinical Education
  • Gym 102
  • (949) 214-3273
Jennifer Rizzo

Coordinator of Clinical Education

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D. United States Sports Academy, Daphne AL
  • M.B.A. Concordia University, Irvine 2005
  • B.A. ESS/Athletic Training - Concordia University, Irvine 2003

Biography

Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Dr.Jennifer Rizzo Ed.D., ATC CES has been credentialed as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2004. She started her career at Concordia University in 2002 as a student-athlete on the volleyball team majoring in athletic training. Upon graduating, she became the graduate assistant athletic trainer while getting her Master’s in Business Administration(MBA). In 2005 she was hired as a full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer. She did not stay in that position long, becoming assistant professor in Exercise and Sport Science in 2007. In 2014 Dr. Rizzo became the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Athletic Training Program while maintaining her role as an athletic trainer with the volleyball program.

Dr. Rizzo earned her B.A. in exercise and sport science, emphasis on athletic training in 2003 from Concordia University, Irvine. In 2005 she earned her Master’s in business administration, also from Concordia University. In 2015 she received her Doctor of Education degree from the United States Sports Academy.

Dr. Rizzo played volleyball in college at Georgia State University and continues to enjoy recreational volleyball. She also enjoys being outdoors and you can frequently find her training for triathlons.

Associated Faculty

Christopher Cooper

Adjunct Faculty/Assistant Athletic Trainer

Biography

Chris Cooper has been with Concordia University since 2010. He works with the aquatics programs. His responsibilities include medical coverage for men's and women's swimming and diving along with men's and women's water polo. He is an Azusa Pacific University alum where he earned a bachelor's in athletic training. Before that he received his associate's degree from Butte College (Oroville, CA) in social and behavioral science. Cooper went on to obtain his master's in business administration.

In 2011, he began teaching in CUI’s exercise and sport science program.

Cooper played baseball at Azusa Pacific from 2007-2010. He enjoys playing basketball and currently plays golf competitively.

  • Glory Fung Fung, Glory, ATC
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Adjunct Faculty
  • Gym 107
  • (949) 214-3245
Glory Fung

Head Athletic Trainer

Biography

Hometown: Lake Forest, CA

Glory Fung came to Concordia in 2012 to become the new Head Athletic Trainer. Fung comes most recently from Azusa Pacific, where he was an assistant athletic trainer from 2007-2012. In addition to overseeing the entire Concordia Athletic Training Department, he will work directly with cross country and softball.

Fung earned his B.A. from Azusa Pacific University and his M.A. from San Jose State University. He worked with football and track & field at APU. He also spent time at California Baptist and Cal State Monterey Bay.

He is certified with the NAIA and played basketball and tennis. Fung lives with his wife Jackie, and their children Rierra (3) and Selah (2). He enjoys watching ESPN, working with a junior high ministry, mission trips, and family time.

Teaching

  • ESS 110: CPR/First Aid
  • ESS 238: Observation Clinical Coursework I
  • ESS 239: Observation Clinical Coursework II

Adjunct Faculty

  • Terry Olson Olson, Terry, Ph.D.
  • ESS Department Chair / Assistant Dean
  • Alpha 107 E
  • (949) 214-3270
Terry Olson

Department Chair/Assistant Dean

Degrees Earned

  • University of New Mexico, Ph.D in Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science 2009
  • University of New Mexico, M.S. in Physical Education Pedagogy 2005
  • New Mexico State University, B.S. in Physical Education 2000

Biography

Dr. Terry Olson serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) at Concordia University Irvine. Terry received his Ph.D from the University of New Mexico where he held positions of both research and teaching assistant in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program. Dr. Olson’s current research emphasis is on self-regulation and critical thinking of pre-service teachers in physical education. Prior to teaching at Concordia, Terry was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Arlington.

Terry continues to work closely with the community as an advocate for health and wellness. Terry currently provides health and leadership education for numerous local non-profit organizations on their wellness initiatives and is a founder of H.E.A.D.S. Upward offering educational support to the underserved population in Orange County as well as our military members at Camp Pendleton.

Prior to Terry’s academic career, he served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft structural mechanic on FA 18 Hornets aboard the USS Independence aircraft carrier stationed in Atsugi, Japan.

When Terry is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Michele and two children Tyler and Macey.

Vance Tammen

Associated Faculty

Degrees Earned

  • B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • PhD University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Biography

Dr. Tammen teaches motor learning, sport psychology and historical and socio-cultural foundations of sport and physical education. His research specialty is the social psychology of sport and physical activity. He has two main area of research 1) motivation of coaches and athletes, 2) wellness across the life span. He has written 3 book chapters, 6 refereed journal publications, over 30 refereed publications in conference proceeding, over 30 original service publications, has conducted over 65 refereed scholarly presentations, conducted over 40 sport psychology service presentations, and has done thousands of hours of sport psychology service to athletes, coaches, & organizations. Dr. Tammen also helped found the Concordia University Masters Degree Program in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

Prior to God’s call to Concordia University, Dr. Tammen was an Assistant Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and prior to that he was a lecturer of sport psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He also taught at the University of Illinios-Urbana and at Kansas State University. He did his sport psychology internship at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs.

Dr. Tammen played football into his early 30s, but he now enjoys all forms of sport and physical activity.

His research specialty is the social psychology of sport and physical activity. He has two main area of research 1) motivation of coaches and athletes, 2) wellness across the life span. He has written 3 book chapters, 6 refereed journal publications, over 30 refereed publications in conference proceeding, over 30 original service publications, has conducted over 65 refereed scholarly presentations, conducted over 40 sport psychology service presentations, and has done thousands of hours of sport psychology service to athletes, coaches, & organizations.

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