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Brenda Williams
Assistant Professor and Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball
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M.A.E., 1979, University of Alabama-Birmingham
B.S., 1977, University of Alabama

A full-time Olivet faculty member since 1998 and an adjunct professor for two years before that, Coach Williams teaches courses for physical education and health majors. She also serves as an academic advisor.

An intercollegiate volleyball coach since 1980 and head coach at Olivet since 1996, Coach Williams has led Tiger volleyball teams to 11 NAIA national tournament appearances, 11 CCAC regular season championships, and back-to-back NCCAA national championships in 2001 and 2002, and . She is fourth among active NAIA coaches in career wins, with more than 860 wins. One her greatest passions is taking her teams on mission trips.

She was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame and ONU Hall of Fame in recognition of her coaching skills.

Before coming to Olivet, she was the head volleyball coach at NCAA Division I University of Alabama in Birmingham from 1980 to 1992.

Coach Williams' other activities include: ONU Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle co-sponsor, former NAIA National and Conference Volleyball Rater, past board member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and USA Volleyball, and past president of the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Association. She is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, Recreation and Dance, and the American Association of Health.

She and her husband, Steve, have two grown children, Douglas and Lisa and son-in-law, Joey. Their three grandchildren are the source of much love and activity in their lives.

Aaron Thompson
Chair of Exercise and Sports Science and Associate Professor
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Exercise and Sports Science
Ed.D., 2015, Argosy University
M.A.E., 2005, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., 1997, Olivet Nazarene University

Joining Olivet's faculty in 2009, Dr. Thompson teaches the pedagogy courses for the physical education majors including some sport management courses and supervises student teachers. He also directs the physical education program and serves as one of the department's teacher education representatives.

His doctoral dissertation was a study of the relationship between the number of years of high school physical education that students received and the physical activity habits of traditional college freshmen.

Before coming to Olivet, he taught physical education at Stone Church Christian Academy in Palos Heights, Illinois, for five years; and physical education and health at Elwood Grade School in Elwood, Illinois, for seven years. He also coached basketball for 12 years and served as an athletic director for nine years.

He is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America); the Illinois Alliance for Physical Education, Health, Recreation, and Dance; the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies; and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Dr. Thompson and his wife, Dawn, have three daughters, Emilee, Leah and Sydney. He enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, being outdoors and watching basketball.

Lauren Stamatis
Assistant Professor and Head Coach for Women's Basketball
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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.

Todd Reid
Assistant Professor and Head Coach of Baseball
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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, while he also coaches 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.

Michael McDowell
Assistant Professor and Head Coach of Track and Field and Cross Country
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School of Life and Health Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science
M.O.L., 2009, Olivet Nazarene University
B.B.A., 1980, University of Iowa

A professor who invests in his students, Coach McDowell works with Olivet athletes as they train for and compete in cross country and track and field meets.

Before joining the Olivet team in 2001, he was head coach of the Moline (Ill.) Summer Track Club from 1979 to 1983, and assistant sprint coach at Augustana College (Ill.) from 1983 to 2001.

Coach McDowell has received several National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) coaching awards during his career, including CCAC Cross Country Men's Coach of the Year, 2008, 2009, and 2013; CCAC Outdoor Track and Field Men's & Women's Coach of the Year, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015; CCAC Cross Country Women's Coach of the Year, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

During his career, he has coached seven NAIA National Champion Track & Field Individual Titles; one NAIA National Champion Track & Field Relay; 71 NAIA All-American Individual Performances; 15 NAIA All-American Relay Performances; 54 NAIA Academic All-Americans; five Drake Relay Titles, including a meet record in the women's Distance Medley Relay; and an Olympic Trials Athlete, who currently owns two U.S. Championship titles and competed in the World Games in Daigu, South Korea.

He has served as Conference Cross Country/Track & Field chair; Region VII Cross Country/Track & Field chair; and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Track & Field Meet vice chair. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, he served on the NCCAA National Track & Field Meet Games Committee. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 he served on the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Meet Games Committee. He serves as the 2nd Vice Chair for the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Coaches Association as of 2015.

He is a member of the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and USA Track & Field (USATF). He is USATF Level 3 certified in the endurance events and Level 2 certified in the throws, sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps events.

Coach McDowell and his wife, Janet, are the parents of daughter, Kasey (married to Mark Meinhart), and the grandparents of Lillie and Miles.

In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing, running, traveling and spending time with his family.

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