Exercise and Sports Science

Physical Education and Health Education Program Director, Assistant Professor
Exercise and Sports Science
M.A., 2019, Western Governors University
B.S., 2016, Elementary Education, Western Governors University
B.S., 2001, Athletic Training, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Freeman joined the Olivet faculty in 2019, bringing over seven years of teaching experience. Before moving back to Bourbonnais in 2018, Christina taught physical education and math intervention at Minooka Intermediate School in Minooka, IL.

In addition to her teaching duties at Olivet, she serves as an assistant coach for the ONU women’s basketball team. She is also a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the Illinois Alliance for Physical Education, Health, Recreation, and Dance.

Professor Freeman and her husband Zach '02, have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing basketball, hiking and cheering on her boys as they participate in sports.

Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Assistant Professor and Head Coach for Women's Basketball
School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
M.O.L., 2009, Olivet Nazarene University
B.A. (Biology), 2005, The University of Redlands (Calif.)

Coach Stamatis is committed to excellence in the classroom and on the basketball court. As one of Olivet's newest professors, she teaches coaching and weight training, individual sport skills, and directs the internships for the exercise science department. She also enjoys teaching courses on wellness, conditioning and fitness when she has the opportunity.

In 2012, she took the helm of Tiger women's basketball as head coach after five seasons as an assistant coach. Accepting this new challenge, she is committed to carrying on the Tigerball tradition.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., she has also worked as a sports trainer and a certified personal trainer. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

In her leisure time, she likes to pursue outdoor activities. Biking, running, camping and swimming are among her favorites. She also enjoys traveling and seeing new places, as well as visiting her family in Phoenix.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
M.S., 1996, United States Sports Academy
B.S., 1993, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Coach Reid came to Olivet Nazarene University in 2007 and brought 10 years of teaching and coaching experience from Eastern Nazarene College in the Department of Movement Arts. He is an assistant professor in Olivet's exercise and sport science classes and former head coach of the Tiger baseball team.

In his 10 years at Eastern Nazarene, he led the Crusaders to three 20-win seasons in the past four years, including a record-breaking 28-12 mark in 2004. Following that season, Reid was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Coach of the Year. In 2005, Reid guided ENC to the CCC Championship game for only the second time in school history.

A 1993 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio, Coach Reid helped lead MVNU to a district championship in 1991 and the NCCAA World Series in 1993.

He and his wife Wendy have two daughters, Maddux and Mia.

Director of Exercise Science
School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
M.S., 2002, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., 2001, Eastern Illinois University

Serving as the Director of the Exercise Science Major, Professor April Kamba has been with Olivet since 2006. She first started as a contracted Certified Athletic Trainer and Adjunct Professor until 2007 when she became the Athletic Training Education Program (ATP) Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor. 

Her passion for Exercise Science and the growth of the Exercise Science Major made for a successful transition into her current role. Professor Kamba holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University and is currently working towards her PhD in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University in Chicago. 

Professor Kamba and her husband, Ken, have three sons, Carter, Crosby and Cameron. They reside in Elwood, Illinois where their boys are active in baseball, soccer and football. As a family they are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy spending as much time as possible traveling and exploring new campgrounds.

Department Chair, Director of Athletic Training Education Program
School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
Ed.D., 2015, Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., 1999, Western Michigan University
B.S., 1993, Liberty University

Dr. Hyma is entering his 19th year teaching in the Exercise and Sports Science department here at ONU. He spent his first five years as the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Professor, overseeing the health care for all athletes participating in sports with direct care of the football and men's basketball teams. In 2006, Dr. Hyma accepted the position of Educational Director of the Athletic Training Program and continues to direct the program currently. Along with his role as the Athletic Training Program director, Dr. Hyma serves as the Chair of the Exercise and Sports Science department providing oversight of all the majors in the department. As a certified athletic trainer for the past 26 years, Dr. Hyma continues to find ways to utilize his knowledge in the care and wellbeing of those in an active lifestyle.

Dr. Hyma received his Bachelors of Science degree on Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training from Liberty University and his Master's in Athletic Training degree from Western Michigan University. He received his Doctorate in Education from Olivet Nazarene University with his dissertational emphasis in the effect of education on the self-reporting rate of concussion in the colligate athlete. Dr. Hyma teaches numerous courses within the department including “Evaluation of Athletic Injuries,” “Manual Muscle Testing,” “General Medical Conditions in Athletics” and “Kinesiology.”

Since his traditional education, Dr. Hyma has focused his continuing education on the functional movement patterns of the body. He really enjoys having students join him in the study of these movement patterns of the body, the possible abnormal patterns, and how those abnormal patterns can be corrected to prevent injury along with enhancing athletic performance. Most of all, Dr. Hyma has a passion the help students realize how God has wired them and guide them towards their potential to impact their world as a servant of Jesus. 

Dr. Hyma loves the outdoors. Whether it’s backpacking in Alaska, Canada and Tennessee, canoeing on the Kankakee river, or camping with his family, being outdoors is what fills him up. He also enjoys playing golf, and always believes he has that amazing shot somewhere in his game.

Dr. Hyma resides in Bourbonnais with his wife, Melissa, daughter Nora, and two sons, Titus and Reid. He lives by and encourages all his students to love by the verse John 10:10, “The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy; I [Jesus] have come to give life, and give it to the fullest.” Dr. Hyma’s passion is to live life to the fullest through Jesus Christ.

Assistant Professor and Head Coach for Women's Soccer
School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
2002, M.B.A. Olivet Nazarene University
1996, B.S., Olivet Nazarene University 

After earning his bachelor's degree in public policy with a concentration in international relations, Coach Bahr began working at Olivet in 1998 as a graduate assistant in the chaplain's office. In 1999, he became the associate chaplain. While there, he designed and implemented a short-term missions program. In 2002, he completed a master's degree in business administration as he continued his work in the chaplain's office.

In 2005, he became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science. As a professor, he teaches sports law, and marketing and promoting of athletics. He is currently working on a second master's degree in religion. In 2012, he received Olivet's Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Since 1999, Coach Bahr has also served as Olivet's head coach for women's soccer. In November 2012, he reached his 175th win of his coaching career with an impressive 187-107-22 record with the Olivet Tigers. The team made history by competing for the NAIA National Championship Final. He was named the 2012 NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year.

In 2008, he led the Tiger women's soccer team to the program's first National Christian College Athletic Association tournament championship. He was named the 2009 Coach of the Year by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). In November 2010, he reached his 150th win of his coaching career with an impressive 135-95-18 record with the Olivet Tigers. In 2011, he was named the NAIA-Midwest Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Coach Bahr is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In 2002, he completed his National Diploma; and in 2004, he completed his Advanced National Diploma.

Travel is one of his favorite leisure activities. He has visited 36 different countries and all the continents except Antarctica.

His wife, Kirstyn, teaches physical education at a local Elementary School in Bourbonnais. They have a daughter, Alaina, and a son, Grant. All are avid runners and have run together in Olivet's Homecoming 2010 5K Run.

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