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  • Gerald Larson

    Gerald Larson PhD, RCEP, PES

    Associate Professor of Kinesiology
    Chair of Kinesiology Department
    Office: 208F O’Reilly
    Phone: 816.501.3714

    B.A. Psychology, Mid-America Nazarene University
    Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Kansas
    Specialty Certifications: ACSM-RCEP, NSCA-CSCS, USAW; TPI Level 2


    The 2017-18 Academic Year will be Dr. Larson’s tenth year at Avila University.  He serves as Chair/Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Golf Performance Lab.  Dr. Larson earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mid-America Nazarene University (1988); a Master’s degree with a dual emphasis in exercise physiology and sport psychology from the University of Kansas (1996); and a Doctorate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas (2001). He also holds specialty certifications as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and is Titleist Performance Institute Golf Level 2 Certified. In his role as Director of the Golf Performance Lab he works with golfers of all ages to improve movement quality and quantity (i.e., mobility → stability → function), optimize individual swing efficiency, and increase swing performance.  

    Started at Avila: 2008

    Courses Taught: Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing & Prescription, and Sport Psychology

    Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Larson’s innovative KinesioFit™ programming integrates soft-tissue release, postural control during movement, and functional exercise to produce pain free motion, fitness for health, and enhanced sport performance. 

  • Brian Ciolek M.S., SCCC, CSCS,*D, RSCC

    Instructor of Kinesiology
    Director of Strength & Conditioning
    Office: 217E O’Reilly
    Phone: 816.501.3736

    B.S. Exercise Science, University of Central Missouri
    M.S., Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania
    Specialty Certifications: CSCCa-SCCC, NSCA-CSCS,*D, NSCA-RSCC


    Brian Ciolek, M.S., SCCC, CSCS,*D, RSCC serves as a full-time faculty member in the Avila Kinesiology department and as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Athletic Department. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Central Missouri in 2005 and Master of Science in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  He also holds numerous coaching/sports certifications including Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA). 

    Brian is an experienced educator and strength coach who uses functional movement evaluation and performance testing to establish baselines that inform his strength and conditioning program design, as well as, to measure progressing athletic development.  This day-to-day practical application of movement science content supports Brian’s instruction of courses in the areas of measurement and evaluation, exercise and nutrition, personal fitness training, and strength and conditioning.

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