Val Hershberger

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Val Hershberger


  • BS, Eastern Mennonite University, 1984
  • MS, James Madison University, 1996

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Activity Classes

  • Aerobic Conditioning
  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • International Folk Dance
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Tumbling
  • Weight Training – Co Ed
  • Weight Training – Women
  • Wellness for Life – General Education


Majors Courses – Fall Semester

Introduction to Kinesiology

This class provides an introduction to the field of kinesiology and includes an overview of the history of physical education, sport and kinesiology. The time line begins with early civilization and continues through modern events including the Olympics. Additionally, a variety of philosophical approaches and their implications are discussed.

First Aid/CPR

Introduction to first aid, practical experience in basic first aid skills, first aid for specific sport injuries and a practical guide to sport related to liability. Successful completion results in certification for two years.

Basic Athletic Training

Valuable for anyone who plans to coach or pursue further certification in athletic training. Topics include: evaluation and management of injuries to the head, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, and foot. Additional topics include: adverse weather conditions, rehabilitation, emergency situations, recognizing different sport injuries, and helping the injured athlete psychologically.

Sport Management

A focus on administrative practices in the areas of legal responsibility, personnel, finance, public relations, equipment, and facilities. Issues related to youth sport, high school, collegiate, and professional sports are discussed. Sociological and psychological issues related to leadership roles in sport are also included.

Major Courses – Spring Semester

Theory and Techniques of Coaching

This course presents an overview of basic theories and coaching applications, including topics such as; philosophy, psychology, ethics, coaching diverse athletes, current training techniques, practice and game preparation.

Camping and Recreation – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Students will have a hands on learning experience along with with an interdisciplinary approach. They will learn a variety of skills including: Canoeing safety and paddling skills, equipment selection, trip planning, map and compass, food selection, preparation, environmental care and study, spiritual growth and leadership skills. This course is  two weeks, with the first week spent at Wilderness Wind in Ely, MN in classroom and orientation sessions. The second week is a seven day wilderness trip in the BWCA along the US/Canada border in pristine wilderness.


Elkhart River Adoption

Every fall for the past six years the kinesiology department organizes a group of students to remove trash from a six mile stretch of the Elkhart River between Roger’s Park and Oxbow Park.  This year, twenty-two people canoed the river pulling small and large items from the water.  We removed about 25 tires, 6 big garbage bags of recyclables, fiberglass, appliances, bikes, toys, batteries, and many other items.

 Hi-Line Golf Course

For the past three years along with Dr. John Ingold (golf course designer and builder) we have maintained the three hole golf course located to the south of campus. Due to budgetary restrictions the college no longer maintains the course. This past year we were able to obtain a 2000, Toro greens mower which was needed to replace the older Jacobsen. This machine keeps the greens in perfect condition and is much easier to operate.  Last year we replaced signage and the old backstop was removed. This spring there was additional brush clean up along the railroad tracks. The course is currently in excellent shape to play golf and work on that short game.


American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training

This past year I have taught five CPR courses to area community members in Elkhart and Lagrange county. Many teachers and health services individuals are required to carry CPR and AED certification. It has been fun meeting new people in the community and at the same time passing along valuable training that might assist in saving someone’s life.

AAHPERD – American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

IAAHPERD – Indiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association


WSI – Water Safety Instructor – American Red Cross

First Aid/CPR/AED Trainer Instructor – American Red Cross

First Aid/CPR/AED – American Red Cross

Lifeguard – American Red Cross