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Featured Alum Mike Nahl, '10

Major: Kinesiology

Current Position: Nahl is the head offensive-line coach at Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, Fla. He is also the team's strength and conditioning coach and assistant recruiting director.

Why Whitworth? "I was drawn to Whitworth for its location, facilities, athletics programs, and academics. The environment sets you up to succeed. I transferred to Whitworth with a GPA below average, and due to my professors and Whitworth's learning environment, I graduated with honors.”

Whitworth Activities: Was a member of Whitworth's football and track teams when the teams won multiple conference championships, and served as president of the Future Athletic Coaches Association.

Quote: "Whitworth prepared me to enter a very competitive field and to not only land a great position immediately after graduation, but also to excel in my first year. The balance of a traditional liberal arts education, combined with the hands-on teaching of practical and applicable skills, sets Whitworth alumni apart from the rest."

Influential Whitworth Professors: "Due to the department's overall soundness, it's impossible to select just one member of the kinesiology department who made an impact. Great advisors and professors like Kirk Westre and Warren Friedrichs, and a wide spectrum of interesting courses made the department an ultimate educational experience."

Career Goals: "I will be attaining my master's in education from Claremont Graduate University (Calif.) and continuing my career in college coaching. I aspire to coach at the highest level of college football."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their kinesiology degrees:

  • Andrew Hamstra is an athletic trainer for the Washington State University Cougars football team.
  • Clark Pauls is a teacher and the head football coach at Washington's Wellpinit High School.

  • Mike Peck teaches health and physical education at Battle Ground High School, in Battle Ground, Wash., where he also coaches baseball and football. He is also founder, owner and director of Air Assault Football Camps, in Vancouver, Wash.

  • Alex Evans is an athletics compliance officer at Gonzaga Unviersity.

  • Gavin Horst is a firefighter/EMT for the Spokane County Fire Department.

  • Gabe Merritt is owner/head fitness trainer at The Club, in Gig Harbor, Wash.

  • Brittany Johnson earned a doctorate in physical therapy at Eastern Washington University; she practices in Wenatchee, Wash.

  • Joel Noland is an athletic trainer for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

  • Ame (Howell) Coyle is owner/fitness trainer at Living Ignited, in Spokane.

  • Hillary Chun completed her clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy at Touro College, in New York.

  • Emily Travis is pursuing a Ph.D. in exercise science at the University of South Carolina.