Exercise Science Faculty

Erin Laudermilk

Erin Laudermilk 2012
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training; Clinical Coordinator; Co-Chair of the Exercise Science Department

Erin Laudermilk began working at Sterling College in the fall of 2007. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in education from Northcentral University. She and her husband, Wes, just welcomed their first child, Avery, to their family in December 2012.


M.S. in Health and Human Performance from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph's College



Pete Manely

Director of Athletic Training; Associate Professor of Exercise Science; Co-Chair of the Exercise Science Department; Associate Dean for the School of Professional Studies

Hans Nickel

Hans Nickel 2012
Sports Information Director; Pro Rata Assistant Professor of Sports Management

Nickel is a former Sterling College student who has experience working for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"I have a passion for sport management and specifically sport PR and sport marketing," said Nickel. "I am excited not only to practice my passion, but to share it with students. This is an opportunity to be both on the practical and the educational sides of the sport management field."

He is in charge of programs, releases, game reports, newsletters and all web details related to athletics.

Mary Ver Steeg

Mary Ver Steeg 2012
Associate Professor of Exercise Science

Mary was an instructor in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. She has been a coach for volleyball, basketball, and softball. In 1986 she was inducted into the NWC Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1989-2005 she has the head volleyball coach of Sterling College. She was awarded 10 AVCA Team Academic Awards, lead her team to two KCAC championship victories (1994 and 1997), two-time KCAC coach of the Year, and won the McCreery Teaching Award in 2001.