Physical Ed & Recreation Dept
Lester R. Zook has served at EMU since 1988. He chairs the Department of Physical Education and Recreation, and teaches primarily in the Outdoor Ministry and Adventure Leadership program. He earned his B.A. from Messiah College (Health and Physical Education, 1982), a masters from Temple University (Recreation and Leisure Programming, 1985) and an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia (Higher Education Administration, 1995). In addition to teaching at EMU, Lester owns WILD GUYde Adventures, providing outdoor adventure leadership for families, youth groups, scouts, and other clients in the mountains, caves, and rivers of Virginia and West Virginia. After 20 years of leading the EMU Cross Country team, Lester retired from coaching in 2009. He was awarded the ODAC Cross Country Coach of the Year award four times and took several athletes on to the NCAA Division III National Championship in cross country and track and field. Lester is married to Robin (30 years), and they have 4 children (Ethan, Katie, Aaron, and Mary), a daughter-in-law (Melissa), a son-in-law (Jeremiah) and a grandson (Elijah James).
Sandy Brownscombe is the chair of the physical education and recreation department and professor of physical education. Sandy earned her Ed.D. from Argosy University/Sarasota, where her dissertation focused on how second and third-year teachers develop and demonstrate caring in their classrooms. She has been a member of the EMU faculty since 1978 teaching both physical education and education courses and also coached field hockey, women’s basketball, and men’s volleyball and is a member of the EMU Athletics Hall of Honor. As the Chair of the College/University Section of Virginia Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) Sandy also serves as a member of the VAHPERD Representatives Assembly. She will serve as a member of the Association of Teacher Educator (ATE) National Board of Directors until February 2016. From 2000-2015 Sandy served as EMU’s representative on the Mid-Valley Clinical Faculty Consortium for Teacher Education Steering Committee before she returned as the chair of the physical education and recreation department in May of 2015.
Twenty three years as EMU’s Men’s Soccer Coach: 1991 Present, In 2013, his team finished 9th in the ODAC regular season. Mast has put together an impressive resume with his teams advancing to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Finals five times and the NCAA Division III “Round of Sixteen” in 1998. He has twice been named ODAC “Coach of the Year” and also received Virginia State Coach of the Year honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors in 1998. His record during his tenure is 202-186-35.
A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University Mast also received his EdD in Educational Leadership: Higher Education in 2007 from Argosy University. He also holds a MS degree in Health & Physical Education: 1990 from West Chester University.
Mast also holds an NSCAA: National, Advanced National, & Premiere Diploma. He is the Director of Kick’s Soccer Camp: 1986-present He has served as an NCAA Division III Championships Committee Member 1996-1998, and as Chair in 1998 and as a Virginia Western District ODP Coach 2000-01, and Virginia ODP State Assessor 2001; and served as a Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Association Board Member and on their Travel Oversight Committee from 1998-2011.
Coach Mast lives in Harrisonburg and loves spending time with his wife Cheryl, and sons Mark (21) and Grayson (17). Both sons will be attending EMU in the 2014-15 school year. He serves is an active member both at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and in the local community. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, playing guitar, and wood working.