Wendell Otto

EdD SPP Student

wendell otto

Program & Concentration: EdD program in Sport and Performance Psychology – certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon

Expected Graduation Date: 2017

Prior Education or Experience: I’ve enjoyed 30 years as a teacher, coach and counselor. I’ve coached athletes at all levels ranging from from the novice all the way to U.S. national champions. I received my undergraduate degree from George Fox University and two graduate degrees from Grand Canyon University and University of West Alabama. I’m currently a school counselor and coaching consultant.

Brief Bio: I was a national class runner for George Fox College and inducted into the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame. I spent my career as a track and field coach on the high school, collegiate and national level. I have also been a teacher and school counselor for the past 30 years. I was awarded Coach of the Year by my peers in cross country 11 times and invited to participate in the USOC Emerging Elite Coaching program for both the long distances and for the jumping events.

Why did you choose UWS? Why did you choose SPP?
Specialized knowledge and skills are required to become a certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). The UWS curriculum was designed specifically to help professionals complete all of the specialized coursework to achieve certification through AASP. The program was also available entirely online and is only one of the few in the nation that one can pursue a doctorate that is fully accredited.

What has been your favorite class/instructor?
I’ve enjoyed all the classes, especially those around athletic performance. Dr. Conrad Woolsey has been the most engaging professor that I have had. He reaches out and works hard for his students and makes the material in the courses come alive.

What has been your experience with learning in SPP’s online environment?
I have received two master’s degrees through the online format at two different universities. UWS has made the online learning process easy and it feels like I am in a live classroom. The way UWS utilizes the online platform is professional and easy to manage.

What has been the most surprising part of attending UWS?
The simplicity of the learning platform and the sheer amount of engaging and exciting learning that I have gained in such a short period of time. The communication among the staff and professors at UWS is amazing.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I would like to be able to transfer information that I have gained from the EdD program to help shape and advance counseling techniques to help struggling students. I will also gain certification as a consultant with AASP and be able to register with the USOC as a performance consultant to provide help for emerging elite athletes.

Wild Card: Favorite sport and why?
When I’m away from school and coaching I enjoy playing golf and tennis.