George De Marco, Ed.D.

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George De Marco, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Sport Studies-Sport Science

  • Full-Time Faculty

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Dr. De Marco received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts (1978), Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College (1992), and Doctorate in Physical Education from the University of Georgia (1998).

Beginning his 21st year during the fall semester of 2017, Dr. De Marco joined the UD faculty in 1997 and is currently Associate Professor of Physical Education, Sport Studies-Sport Science, specializing in the History of Physical Education and Sport, Research Methodology in Physical Activity-Health, and Sport Ethics. Previously, he supervised student teachers and coordinated Parochial-Public School programs in adapted-, elementary-, and secondary- physical education. Dr. De Marco is actively involved with Campus Ministry, participating in Lighthouse Retreats, Callings, and vocational programs.

Earlier in his career, Dr. De Marco taught physical education, coached soccer, ice hockey, and baseball. He also officiated, refereeing ice hockey and worked as a minor league umpire in the Gulf Coast League during the 1974 season.

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 entries. He has also made more than 125 presentations at international, national, regional, state, institutional, and local conferences, symposia, workshops, and meetings. In 2014, at the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) annual meeting in Glenwood Springs, CO, Dr. De Marco presented a paper titled: Arete and Agon in the Life and Times of Major League Umpire Bill Kinnamon: The Man for Whom the Game Always Mattered Most: Part I. On May 28, 2017, Part II of Mr. Kinnamon’s biography was presented at the NASSH annual meeting at Cal State Fullerton. This project, along with others related to the lives, times, and work of professional umpires, continues to provide the primary focus of Dr. De Marco’s current research efforts.

Dr. De Marco received the Bro. Gerald O’ Neil Inspirational Educator Award in 2001, 2009, 2011, 2016 and the SOEAP Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. From his Beloved Alma Mater, Bridgewater State College, Dr. De Marco received the Catherine Comeau Alumni Award for Leadership and Achievement in Physical Education in 2004. In 2009, he received the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance-OAHPERD Scholar Award and was appointed Curator of the newly established James "Rocky" Whalen Sports Library, which showcases one of the most extensive collections of college football books, game programs, yearbooks, and journals in the country.

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

DEGREES

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

courses taught

  • HSS 117 Personal Community Health
  • HSS 275 History of Physical Education and Sport
  • HSS 331 Sport Ethics
  • HSS 428 Research Methods in Physical Activity and Healthy

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. (2017). Arete and Agon in the Life and Times of Major League Umpire Bill Kinnamon: The Man for Whom the Game Always Mattered Most: Part II. Presented at the 45th annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History, California State University, Fullerton, May 28.

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. Presented 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.