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Dr. John Paul Muczko
Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Why I Teach:

“Wesley College being an intellectually and educationally stimulating institution of higher learning, offers a supportive environment that allows me to effectively work in a most rewarding professional field.” 

Contact Information

Budd 104
(302) 736-2490


Ph. D., University of Kansas
M.S. Education, Baylor University
B.S., Florida State University

Professional Activities

My original research interests centered on career maturity and career termination of the athlete to which I had published and presented at national conferences. More recently I have engaged in related work that impacts athletes’ attitudes (maturity) and decisions (termination) in terms of transitioning within or out of sport. Areas of instruction and research which are supportive to and of which I am currently involved are psychology of performance injury, drug education, and rehabilitation of the injured athlete/performer. Further advancement of my professional interests is found in promoting leadership design in and out of the classroom.

As a practitioner of applied sport psychology I consult with all levels of athletes, coaches, and non-athlete performers (e.g., musicians, dancers, singers) in the area of psychological skills training (e.g., imagery, goalsetting, concentration and arousal control).

Selected Presentations:

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Conference

2009, Tampa, Fl.  Going to Class with Coach Wooden. 
2005, Chicago, Il.  Kicking around Performance Routines.
2003, Philadelphia, Pa.  Sports Medicine and Psychology: An Updated Approach.
2003, Philadelphia, Pa. Optimal Performance Planning: The Quest for Athletic Excellence.
2002, San Diego, Ca. Athlete and Coach Burnout: Preventable or Inevitable? American Psychological Association National Conference
2001, San Francisco, Ca. Performance Innovations: Applications for Dancers, Musicians, Surgeons, and Executives.

Courses Taught

KN401 Contemporary Issues of PE, Health, Recreation, and Sports
KN308 Coaching Principles and Techniques
KN/PY303a Sport and Exercise Psychology
KN301 Special Topics: Psychology of Injury and Performance
KN/SO202a Sports in American Society
KN 201 History and Philosophy of Physical Education