sports medicine

Dennis Gruber

Dennis Gruber, chair for the health sciences department, clinical assistant professor and program director for athletic training, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include acute and chronic pain and qualitative research. Prior to his arrival at Ashland University, he was the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Georgia Southern University from 1992 - 2003. While at Georgia Southern University, he oversaw the healthcare for over 400 student-athletes in thirteen intercollegiate sports. Many of his former athletic training students are practicing athletic trainers and are involved with institutions such as Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia Southern University, The United States Naval Academy, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan.
Dr. Gruber has been practicing athletic training in various settings since 1989. Dr. Gruber is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has served on numerous committees at both the State and National levels concerning the practice of athletic training. Dr. Gruber received his B.S. in education from Youngstown State University in 1989. His M.S. in athletic training from Ohio University in 1990. His Ed.D. in curriculum studies from Georgia Southern University in 2004.
Dr. Gruber is a Youngstown, Ohio native. He currently resides in Ashland with his daughter Emily and son Ethan.

Dr. Randy Gearhart

Dr. Randy Gearhart

Dr. Randy Gearhart, professor in the health sciences department, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include exercise and sports. He holds a Bachelor of Science in natural science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
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Dr. Glen Fincher II

Dr. Glen Fincher II

Dr. Glen Fincher II, associate professor of sport sciences, joined Ashland University in 1990. His areas of expertise include biostatistics and applied physiology, with an emphasis on physical fitness, strength training, and wellness. Dr. Fincher is faculty advisor to the Powerlifting club and a two time recipient of the Academic Mentor award. His B.S. and M.S. are from the University of Akron and his Ph.D. is from the University of Akron/Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Fincher is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, and an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist.
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