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 Dr. Istvan Kovacs 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Biography: Dr. Istvan Kovacs has been teaching activity and professional theory classes at SRU since 2003. Before joining SRU, Dr. Kovacs spent two years teaching PE at Jozsef Attila High School and ten years teaching in the PETE program, as well as coaching Track and Field at his alma mater, the Hungarian University of Physical Education.

He received his B.S. both in Physical Education and in Coaching at HUPE, and earned his Masters of Education degree in Physical Education at the same institution. He completed his doctoral studies and received his Ph.D. title in biomechanics at Eotvos University in 2001.

Currently, he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and upervises graduate practicum projects. He is the coordinator for the NCATE accreditation of the PE department. Dr. Kovacs is also the head coach for the Slippery Rock Aquatic Club, an age-group competitive swimming club.

His research area of interest is biomechanics: mechanical characteristics of muscle contractions and movement analysis related to teaching movement skills.

As an athlete, Dr. Kovacs was a triple jumper, held national age-group records, and competed for the Hungarian National Track Team. Currently, he enjoys riding his bicycle, playing voleyball, tennis, badminton, racquetball, and ping-pong.

Current Courses:

  • PE 107 Aquatic Fundamentals
  • PE 345 Teaching and Coaching of Water Polo
  • PE 356 Net/Wall Games
  • PE 703 Developmental Training Theory for Coaching Adolescents (Graduate)
  • PE 751 Graduate Practicum

All Courses Taught:

  • PE 107 Aquatic Fundamentals
  • PE 119 Badminton
  • PE 121 Racquetball
  • PE 141 Personal Physical Fitness
  • PE 149 Tennis
  • PE 152 Practical Introduction to Teaching Physical Education
  • PE 173 Teaching of Basketball and Soccer
  • PE 175 Teaching of Track and Field
  • PE 342 Wellness through Movement
  • PE 345 Teaching and Coaching of Water Polo
  • PE 356 Net/Wall Activities and Games
  • PE 358 Lifetime/Leisure Activities and Games
  • PE 703 Developmental Training Theory for Coaching Adolescents (Graduate)
  • PE 751 Graduate Practicum

Education:

  • Ph.D.
    Eotvos University, Budapest , Hungary
    Biology/Biomechanics
    2001
  • M.Ed.
    Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary
    Physical Education
    1990
  • B.S.
    Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary
    Physical Education
    1990
  • Hungarian University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary
    Coaching
    1995


Years at SRU: Since 2003

Years in Education: Since 1990

Office Location:
128 D Morrow Field House
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-4934
istvan.kovacs@sru.edu

Office Hours:
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