Meet the Faculty & Staff

 

DR. DAVID R. HANNA, PT, DPT, MS, ATC
Program Director, Associate Professor –– Athletic Training Program

Hanna1-optimizedDr. David R. Hanna, PT, DPT, MS, ATC, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., began his career in athletic training in 1996 at West Liberty State College after earning his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University. He served as assistant athletic trainer for one year at West Liberty, from which he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in biology. The following year he accepted the position of head athletic trainer at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. After serving at WVU Tech for two years, he moved to South Dakota, where he worked as an athletic trainer for Sioux Valley Hospital, Elk Point Jefferson High School, and the University of South Dakota for a short time before returning to the Ohio Valley to assume the dual positions of head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and for the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the Indoor Football League.

He spent six years in this position before resigning in 2005 to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University. His additional experience includes serving as a clinical athletic trainer for the Wheeling Hospital Physical Therapy Department and working as the head athletic trainer for various local high schools and numerous local summer sports camps. While earning his doctorate, he was instrumental in providing the legwork necessary for the development and approval of the new athletic training major at WJU. He was graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August 2007, at which time he was hired as the department chair and program director for the WJU Department of Athletic Training. David remained in this position through the 2011-12 academic year and successfully oversaw the program through its inaugural accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2010.  In addition to his full-time duties as a professor and chair, he served the university by adjunct instructing in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

David’s graduates have found employment in clinics, high schools, and professional sports, as well as gaining successful acceptances into a wide variety of graduate schools in athletic training, physician assistant, counseling and psychology, physical therapy, and medical school.

David returned to the Hilltop in August of 2012 to head the development of the Athletic Training Education Program at West Liberty University.  As program director/associate professor, he is responsible for the curriculum development and overseeing the program through an accreditation process by the CAATE.  In addition to these duties, he continues to adjunct in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at WJU; he is an active physical therapist in the West Virginia Birth to Three System (early intervention), where he evaluates and treats children from ages newborn to three years of age. David also works on a casual basis as a physical therapist at the outpatient physical therapy department at Wheeling Hospital.

He resides in Wheeling with his wife, Carrie, and their three children, Graceylyn Mae, Lilyan Morgan, and Wilson David.

    • Professional Certifications and Licensure:
      • 2007 – current       Licensed Physical Therapist
      • 1996 – current       National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certified Athletic Trainer
      • Current                   CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer – American Red Cross

 

HERB MINCH, MS, ATC
Clinical Education Coordinator –– Athletic Training Faculty Instructor –– Head Athletic Trainer

Minch optimizedHerb Minch, MS, ATC, a West Liberty native, has held a position of athletic trainer and other titles at West Liberty University since 1994.  He is a 1985 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, a 1989 graduate of West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and a 1990 graduate of West Virginia University with a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training. Herb began his athletic-training career in Wheeling as a clinical athletic trainer for a private physical therapy outpatient clinic. After serving four years in the clinical setting, Herb took the opportunity at West Liberty State College to be its first full-time athletic trainer, and he remains in that position today as the head athletic trainer and also now as clinical education coordinator.

During this time at West Liberty, he attained National Registry EMT – Paramedic certification and served as the head omen’s softball coach as well, for 17 seasons.

In 2013 he was promoted to a faculty position and now serves as the WLU Athletic Training Program’s clinical education coordinator.

Herb has been involved outside of the institution in a variety of capacities including the following:  WVATA president from 1998-2000, chairman of the WVIAC athletic trainers committee twice, a member of the WL Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1996, an ATC for the OVAC ALL-STAR charity football game since 1987, volunteer medical assistant at the Ogden Classic since 1987, and numerous other camps and clinics as ATC.

He continues to hold membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, and certification as an ATC, registration as an ATC in W.Va., and state certification as a paramedic.

Herb resides in Valley Grove with his wife, Ashlea, and their three children — Kailey, Zachary, and Alivia.

 

JERRY DUNCAN, MS, ATC, CES
Athletic Training Faculty Instructor –– Assistant Athletic Trainer

Duncan optimizedJerry Duncan, MS, ATC, CES, grew up northeast of Pittsburgh in the city of New Kensington and attended Mercyhurst University, where he earned a  bachelor of science degree in athletic training.  He furthered his athletic- training education as he was graduated from West Virginia University with a master of science degree in the same field.  Following his graduate work at WVU, Jerry became the head athletic trainer of the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, a position he held for six years.  In addition, he was the head athletic trainer of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds,  head athletic trainer at Bellaire School District, a member of the outpatient physical therapy department of Wheeling Hospital, an instructor of cycling, and a member of the staff at  CentreTown Fitness in Wheeling.

In 2011, Jerry resigned from professional hockey and his other positions to become the head athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University.  During his two years at WJU, he was involved with all the athletic teams but focused primarily on men’s basketball, rugby, soccer, and women’s Lacrosse.  In addition to clinical work with the athletes at WJU, Jerry became an adjunct instructor in the Athletic Training Program.

With the development of an Athletic Training Program at West Liberty, fulltime faculty positions were created.  The opportunity to become a faculty member while also developing an education program was attractive to Jerry, and he resigned his position at Wheeling Jesuit University and accepted a faculty position with West Liberty in August of 2013.  Along with his teaching responsibilities, Jerry will also work with the football, track, and cross country teams.

 

HANNAH HARNAR, MS, ATC
Athletic Training Faculty Instructor –– Assistant Athletic Trainer

Harner optimzedHannah Harnar, MS, ATC, is a 2007 graduate of Southeast High School in Ravenna, Ohio.  Following graduation, she attended the University of Mount Union and pursued a bachelor of science degree in athletic training with minors in exercise science and health.  While an athletic training student, Hannah was assigned to various athletic teams including UMU football, men’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s indoor track.  She completed her bachelor’s degree from Mount Union in 2011 and began to pursue a post-graduate degree at Kent State University.  While pursuing her master of science degree in exercise physiology with a concentration in athletic training, she also served as a teaching assistant in the Kent State Athletic Training Program.  Hannah was responsible for the pre-professional students pursuing athletic training as well as many other professional-phase courses in the Athletic Training Program.  In addition to teaching in the Athletic Training Program, she also served as an instructor for the First-Year Experience course on campus.  Hannah graduated from Kent State with a master’s degree in the spring of 2013.

In August 2013, she began her professional career at West Liberty University as a faculty instructor/athletic trainer.  Hannah’s roles include serving as a preceptor and instructor in the WLU Athletic Training Program, within the Department of Health and Human Performance, as well as working with the WLU women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams.

Hannah is originally from Newton Falls in Northeast Ohio and currently resides in Wheeling, W.Va.

 

JASON COLEMAN, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jason optimizedJason C. Coleman, MS, ATC, a Wheeling native, was graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in the spring of 2005. He attended West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education/athletic training.   During his time as an athletic training student at WVU, he gained a wealth of knowledge in both the classroom and the clinic in a variety of sports assignments. They included assisting with in-season/spring football, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, rowing, and spending his senior year working with the 2009-2010 men’s basketball program, which captured its first Big East Tournament Championship in school history and won the East Region en route to the NCAA Final Four. In addition, he was able to work lacrosse and field hockey summer camps at the University of Virginia and volunteer at Healthworks Rehab and Fitness in Morgantown, W.Va. He received his certification as a licensed athletic trainer in June of 2010.

Soon after graduating from WVU in the spring of 2010, he accepted a graduate assistantship position with the University of Akron, where he oversaw both the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. The men’s team won back-to-back indoor and outdoor Mid-American Conference Championships.  In addition to his sport assignment, he was a summer athletic training intern for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.  Coleman completed his post-graduate studies at Akron in 2012, where he was graduated with a master’s degree in exercise physiology/adult fitness.

Jason is currently a staff ATC for all West Liberty University athletic teams.  His main assignments are men’s basketball, football and baseball.  He also serves as a preceptor in the West Liberty University Athletic Training Program.  He currently resides in Wheeling, W.Va.

 

AMBER HELPHENSTINE, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Amber-optimizedAmber (Herback) Helphenstine, ATC, is a 2004 graduate of John Marshall high school in Glen Dale, W.Va.   After high school, Amber pursued a bachelor of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from West Virginia University.  She completed her degree from WVU in the spring of 2008.  While attending West Virginia University, Amber served as the president of the West Virginia University Athletic Trainers’ Association from 2007-2008.   During her time as an athletic- training student, she had the opportunity to work with the West Virginia University football, cheerleading, women’s tennis, and baseball teams, as well as the Fairmont State University football team and Albert Gallatin high school.  Amber also provided coverage for various athletic camps offered during the summers at West Virginia University as an Athletic Training student.  Upon graduation she moved to Wheeling, W.Va., and began working for various Ohio Valley Athletic Conference athletic events in the area.

In August 2008, she was hired by West Liberty University as an athletic trainer.  In addition to her duties as a full-time athletic trainer for West Liberty University, she serves as an adjunct instructor for the College of Education in the Department of Health and Human Performance teaching care and prevention for athletic injuries and personal health classes.  Amber was also hired as the athletic trainer for Bishop Donahue High School during the 2009 and 2010 football campaigns. In 2009, she received and currently holds her American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Instructor Certification.  She has also served as a Preceptor (formerly ACI) for the West Liberty University Athletic Training Program.

Amber is an integral part of the athletic training staff at West Liberty University and is actively involved in the coverage and care of all West Liberty University student athletes.  In addition, Amber serves as the adviser for the West Liberty University Athletic Training Club.  She is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in athletic coaching education from WVU.

She currently resides in Claysville, Pa., with her husband, Adam, and their son, Chance Hudson.