George De Marco

Associate Professor of Sport Studies-Sport Science
Full-Time Faculty
School of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science

  • Location: College Park Center, Room 646D
  • Phone: 937-229-4210
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Profile

Dr. De Marco is currently Associate Professor of Sport Studies-Sport Science and teaches courses in History of Physical Education and Sport and Research Methodology in Physical Activity and Health. In the Fall of 2009, Dr. De Marco was appointed curator of the newly established James "Rocky" Whalen Sports Library, which showcases one of the most extensive collections of books on college football and authentic game programs in the country. 

Since joining the faculty in 1997, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in physical education, research methodology, history of physical education and sport, and personal and community health. In addition, he has supervised student teachers, and coordinated community-based programs in adapted, elementary, and secondary physical education to serve children from Dayton area parochial and public schools. Dr. De Marco is also actively involved with Campus Ministry, participating in Lighthouse Retreats, Callings, and vocational programs.

Dr. De Marco received the Bro. Gerald O’ Neil Inspirational Educator Award in 2001, 2009, and 2011, and the SOEAP Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. From his Alma Mater, Bridgewater State College, in Massachusetts, Dr. De Marco received the Catherine E. Comeau Alumni Award for Leadership and Achievement in Physical Education, also in 2004.  In December 2009, Dr. De Marco received the prestigious Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance-OAHPERD Scholar Award.

Earlier in his career, Dr. De Marco taught regular and adapted physical education, and coached soccer, ice hockey, and baseball. He also officiated, refereeing ice hockey and umpiring baseball in professional, semi-professional/collegiate, scholastic, men’s, and youth leagues in New York, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Dr. De Marco is married to his best friend, Dr. Carolyn Ridenour, who also serves as a professor at the University of Dayton.

Courses Taught

  • HSS 275 History of Physical Education and Sport
  • HSS 428 Research Methods in Physical Activity and Healthy
  • HSS 117 Personal Community Health

Degrees

  • Ed.D., Physical Education, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Physical Education, Ithaca College
  • B.S., Health and Physical Education, Bridgewater State College

Professional Activities

  • North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
  • Campus Ministry Light House – Safe Harbor Retreats 
  • Campus Ministry Program for Christian Leadership Callings Retreat: Lead exercise sessions titled: Only Through The Body That The soul Can Be Reached
  • School of Education and Health Sciences Congress
  • Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Social Justice Cultural Diversity Committee
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • Research Consortium and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) of AAHPERD
  • Former Vice-President for Higher Education for OAHPERD, and a former member of that organization's Advocacy and Diversity Committees
  • Physical education standards reviewer for the State of Indiana Department of Education

Research Interests

Focusing primarily on the biographies of legendary coaches/officials, teaching-coaching effectiveness/expertise, research methodology, and the promotion physical activity-healthy lifestyles, Dr. De Marco has authored/co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, including research articles, book chapters, position papers, scholarly reviews, and electronic media. He has also made more than 125 presentations at international, national, regional, state, institutional, and local conferences, symposia, workshops, and meetings. 

Scholarship

  • De Marco, G. (2014). Arete and Agon in the Life and Times of Major League Umpire Bill Kinnamon: The Man for Whom the Game Always Mattered Most. Paper accepted for presentation at the 42nd annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 30-June 2.
  • Arete and Agon in the Life and Times of Major League Umpire Bill Kinnamon: The Man for Whom the Game Always Mattered Most. Research in Community Day – UD SEHS (October 25, 2013).
  • The History of Physical Education – Activity and Sport: Stories for the Ages and Lessons from the Legends of Memorable Moments, Events, Trends, Tales, Phenomena, and Famous Women and Men: Their Teams and Times – Semester VII (Stander Symposium, April 17, 2013; N=75 Students from 3 sections of HSS 275 presented research directed by course instructor).
  • The Effectiveness of a Personalized Peer Physical Education Program on the Health Related Physical Fitness, Diet, and Attitudes Toward Exercise/Diet of Selected College Students (Stander Symposium, April 17, 2013; N=27 Students from 1 sections of HSS 428 presented research guided by course instructor).

Selected Publications

  • Clayton, M. A., Trudo, C. E., Laubach, L. L., Linderman, J., De Marco, G. M., & Barr S. (2011). Relationships between isokinetic core strength and field based athletic performance tests in male collegiate baseball players. Journal of Exercise Physiology online, 14 (5), 20-30.
  • De Marco, G. M. (2010). Standards Based Physical Education. Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent (pp. 705-708). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • De Marco, G. M. (2010). Standards Based Health Education. Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent (pp. 428-431). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Dahlberg, D., & De Marco, G. M. , Daprano, C., & Ridenour, C. S. (2010). The influence of Title IX on the personal and professional biographies of early career female club volleyball coaches. International Journal of Volleyball Research, 10 (1), 39-47.
  • Pennington J. M., Laubach L.L., De Marco, G. M., Linderman, J. K. (2010). Determining the optimal load for maximal power output for the power Clean and snatch in collegiate male football players. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 13(2), 10-19.
  • Gallo, G.,  &  De Marco, G. (2008).  Self-assessment and dification of a strength and conditioning coach's behavior. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22, 1228-1235.
  • De Marco,  G. M., Ormond, T. C.,  Spence, T. D., & Baker, J. A. (2007).  Research on and successful applications of the sport education model. Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 28(1), 15-20.
  • Stanley, W., De Marco, G.,  Laubach, L., & Daprano, C.  (2006). Fitness, friendship, and fun: University sponsored PE program. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 17(5), 25-27.
  • De Marco, G. M. (2004). Teaching from the heart: A case study of a caring, compassionate, and expert middle school physical educator.  Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 25(2), 20-30.
  • McCullick, B.A., & De Marco, G. M. (2003). Fostering advocacy among our primary partners: Providing quality PETE for future elementary classroom teachers. The Physical Educator, 60(4), 170-179.
  • Newman, I., Ridenour. C., Newman, C., & De Marco, G. (2003).  Typology of purpose: A tool for thinking about research questions, designs, and mixed methods. In A. Tashkkori & C. Teddlie (Eds.), Handbook of mixed methods in social and behavioral research (pp. 167-188). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • De Marco, G. M.,  Mancini, V. H., & Wuest, D. A. (2002). Self-assessment and self- change: Becoming a humanistic and competitive coach. In B. Lombardo, T. Caravella- Nadeau, K. Castagno, & V. H. Mancini (Eds.), Sport in the 21st century: Alternatives for the new millennium (pp. 155-168).  Boston: Pearson.
  • De Marco, G. M.,  Mancini, V. H., & Wuest, D. A. (2002). A systematic perspective of humanistic behaviors in coaching. In B. Lombardo, T. Caravella-Nadeau, K. Castagno, & V. H. Mancini (Eds.), Sport in the 21st century: Alternatives for the new millennium (pp. 217-231). Boston: Pearson.
  • Flanagan, S., Laubach, L., De Marco, G., Darling, J., Alvarez, C., Riggenbach, M. et al. (2002). The effect of strength training on children’s performance on selected sport skills. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 73(3), 340-344.
  • De Marco,  G. M.  (2001). Characteristics of pedagogical expertise: Six traits of physical education teachers of the year. Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 22(1), 18-24.
  • De Marco,  G. M.  (2001). Advocacy and activism: Answering those who just don’t get it. Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance , 22(1), 4, 29.
  • De Marco,  G. M., Ormond, T. C.,  & Baker, J. A. (2000). Solutions for saving secondary school physical education: The successful implementation of Siedentop's sport education model in two separate public school settings. Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 21(2), 14-21.
  • Holliday, K. & De Marco, G. M. (2000). The implementation of a first year fitness-for- life course:  A successful proposal for the restoration of the basic physical education program at Southern State Community College. The Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Journal, 25(2), 21-28.
  • De Marco, G. M.,  Mancini, V. H., Wuest, D. A., & Schneider, L. (1999). Instructional accountability via practical application of the self-assessment feedback instrument: An analysis of four related studies. Future Focus: The Journal of the Ohio Association  for  Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 20(2), 13-19.
  • De Marco, G. M. (1999). Physical education teachers of the year: Who they are, what they think, say, and do. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 10(2), 11-13.
  • De Marco, G. M., & McCullick, B. A. (1999). Instructional theory in sport pedagogy (1997-1998). International Journal of Physical Education, 36(2), 40-49.
  • McCullick, B. A., Cumings. R., & De Marco, G. M. (1998, Fall). The road to expert coaching. The Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 32(1), 42-49.
  • Dooman, C. S., Titlebaum, P. J., & De Marco, G. M.  (1998). More weight on the bar: Being a strength and conditioning coach today.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 20(5), 31-34.
  • De Marco, G. M., Mancini, V. H., & Wuest, D. A. (1997). Reflections on change: A qualitative and quantitative analysis of a baseball coach’s behavior. Journal of Sport Behavior, 20(2), 135-163.
  • De Marco, G. M., & McCullick, B. A. (1997). Developing coaching expertise: Learning from the legends. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 68(3), 37-41.
  • De Marco, G. M., Mancini, V. H., Wuest, D. A., & Schempp, P. G. (1996). Becoming reacquainted with a once familiar and still valuable tool: Systematic observation methodology revisited. International Journal of Physical Education, 32(1), 17-26.
  • Schempp. P. G., & De Marco, G. M. (1996). Instructional theory in sport pedagogy (1994- 1995). International Journal of Physical Education, 32(1), 4-8.