Dr. John Lesaine is Assistant Professor of Sport Professions at Newberry College. He has been a member of the faculty since 2012. Dr. Lesaine earned an EdD in sport management from the United States Sports Academy, a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University, and a BS in Sport Management from Newberry College.
Prior to joining the Newberry faculty, Dr. Lesaine served in various college basketball coaching positions. As an assistant coach, Dr. Lesaine appeared with his teams in six consecutive NCAA Division II national tournaments. He continues to officiate NCAA women’s basketball games.
Bringing what he learned as a coach about mentoring and encouraging success into the classroom, Lesaine has been recognized twice at Newberry as Professor Of The Year (2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years). Dr. Lesaine has also received the L. Grady Cooper Award for loyalty and dedication to Newberry College.
Dr. Lesaine teaches some very popular courses, including Film and Sports, which is an interdisciplinary course that examines the historical versus popular views of sports and various athletic personalities on the American psyche.
Gretchen Haskett, department chair, describes Dr. Lesaine as “always creative and engaging in his approach to teaching and motivating students to strive for their own personal perfection. ” Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Timothy Elston agrees, noting that “John is a dedicated teacher and mentor to many of our students. He serves as a role model in and out of the classroom, and inspires our students to reach higher than they sometimes think possible.”