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11/17/2008 Linfield professor named Teacher of the Year

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McMINNVILLE – Garry Killgore is both a teacher and a coach, and there is no doubt that he is passionate about both.

Killgore, a professor of health and human performance at Linfield College, was named Oregon Teacher of the Year at the college and university level by the Oregon Association of Physical Education. Killgore received this award because of his strong teaching credentials, his use of effective teaching methodologies, his scholarly work, and service to the college and his profession.

“I teach because I very firmly believe in the potential of people,” said Killgore. “I enjoy sharing my lust for learning and like to always challenge others to not be afraid to think differently and creatively.”

Killgore, who is also a track and cross country coach, has been recognized for his coaching abilities numerous times. In 2006 and 2007 he was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track and field. He received coaching awards for track and field and cross country six consecutive years from 1991 to 1996.

“Garry’s energy and passion immediately transfers to his students and those around him,” said Gregor Hill, assistant professor of health and human performance at Linfield. “He encourages his students to ‘think outside of the box’ on a regular basis. He exemplifies what it means to be Teacher of the Year on a daily basis.”

Killgore’s doctoral work on the physiology and biomechanics of deep-water running styles resulted in research projects, conducted collaboratively with Linfield students, to better understand the exercise and rehabilitation options for injured students. Ultimately, with the collaboration of students and a product development team, Killgore created the first deep-water running shoe designed to maximize training and rehabilitation while minimizing injury. He is the founder and president of AQx Sports, Inc., which markets and sells the water running shoe. Both professional and collegiate athletes around the country use Killgore’s deep-water running shoe.

“The influence of Garry’s doctoral work on his teaching is evident in the delivery of his courses,” said Dawn Graf-Haight, chair of the department of health, human performance and athletics. “I am excited that our physical education students are entering the field not only knowledgeable of current research, but also able to put this knowledge into practice.”

Killgore, who has taught at Linfield for 19 years, received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Previously, he taught at Linn-Benton Community College, OSU, and was a substitute teacher and coach in the Corvallis and Albany areas. Killgore will compete for Northwest District Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Teacher of the Year, College and University Level, which will be announced at the annual conference August 4-5 in Missoula, Mont. The Oregon Association of Physical Education is dedicated to improving physical education in the state of Oregon. The award was presented at the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAPHERD) state conference at West Salem High School.