Careers and Graduate Success in ESS

The skills you learn here will prepare you for a multitude of careers after graduation.


Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) majors can be personal trainers, physical therapists, teachers, coaches and more. Here is a sampling of what recent ESS graduates are doing.

Exercise Science

Mark Ponstein (2006) – Physical Therapist at Avera Health
Renae Kuchta (1999) -  Athletic Development Assistant at Augustana University
Melissa Olson (2013) – Registered Dietician at Sanford Health
Cayla Schroeder (2009) – Physical Therapist at Meriter Health Services
Brandon Kruger (2009) – Recruiter/Search Consultant at 360 Headhunter
Lance Briard (2017) – Physical Therapy student at Des Moines University
Stephanie (Stevens) Ham (2015) – Doctor of Physical Therapy student at South College
Isaac Charlson (2019) – Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Sanford POWER
Courtney Allen (2017) – Physical Therapy Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Corey Petersen (2015) – Athletic Performance at the University of Minnesota
Jordyn Griffith (2016) – Plains Commerce Bank
Sam Lee (2017) – Alliance of American Football League
Dani Magdzas (2016) – Assistant volleyball coach at Midland University
Cassidy Soli (2018) - Rehab technician at the University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank
Clark Vargo (2019) – Firefighter at Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue
Marisa Toivonen (2017) – Physical Therapist Assistant student at St. Catherine University
Trevor Chadwick (2016) – Director of Sports Performance at Sioux City East High School
Jessica Leighton (2016) – Physical Therapist at Aspen Medical Staffing
Jaz Jacox (2017) – Strength and Conditioning Coach at MASH Performance
Emma Anderson (2017) – Profile Coach at Profile by Sanford
Tiffany Anderson (2017) – Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of South Dakota
Mallory Wencil (2016) – Fitness Trainer at GreatLIFE
Emma Schmidt (2018) - D.O. Program, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fitness Management

Jacque Crockford (2003) – Exercise Physiology Content Manager at American Council on Exercise
Isaac Jorgensen (2014) – Fitness Manager at Anytime Fitness of Brookings
Curt Truhe (2011) – Arizona coyotes Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
John Waters (2018) – Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Elon University
Logan Burns (2018) – Graduate student in Sport Psychology at Florida State University

Sport Management

Wesley Lynch (2014) - Assistant Football Coach and Head of Athletic Performance at Capital University in Columbus, OH

Physical Education

CJ Ham (2016) – Running back for the Minnesota Vikings