Program Director of Athletic Training Education
- 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
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.
Coordinator of Clinical Education
- Ed.D. (doctoral candidate) United States Sports Academy, Daphne AL
- M.B.A. Concordia University, Irvine 2005
- B.A. ESS/Athletic Training - Concordia University, Irvine 2003
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.