It is the Mission of the Pioneer Performance Center to provide the highest tier of health and sports performance, injury prevention, and wellness-oriented services to both the Sacred Heart University and local communities. We employ state-of-the-art practices and equipment to deliver the highest quality of service. Additionally, these services provide rich educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Exercise Science.
|Eric Scibek, MS | Director Pioneer Performance Center
Eric is a clinical associate professor in the Exercise Science program at Sacred Heart University. He earned an MS in Exercise Science with a Human Performance specialization from Southern Connecticut State University and his undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac College. He is an NATA-BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. His primary teaching content focuses on Sports Medicine and his primary research interests are in musculoskeletal dysfunction and its association with musculoskeletal injury.
|Matthew Moran, Ph.D. | Director Exercise Science
Dr. Moran holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University and he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science while serving as the Director of the Undergraduate Exercise Science program. His primary research interests focus on investigating factors that influence human movement patterns primarily running biomechanics. Currently he is investigating the role of step width manipulation during a gait retraining program. Coupled with his academic and research pursuits, he is an accomplished distance runner and former collegiate cross country/track & field coach.
|Richard Marcello, MS | Clinical Exercise Physiologist, CSCS
Rich holds a MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Sacred Heart University and is currently an Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science. His primary research interests focus on the effects of strength training in distance runners. Rich is a former Sacred Heart cross country and track athlete, and is currently the Head Boy's and Girl's Cross Country Coach at Weston High School. Rich has a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification.
|Wendy Bjerke, Ph.D. | Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Dr. Bjerke’s background as a clinical exercise physiologist in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation suits clients with chronic disease risk factors and those recovering from health conditions such as cardiovascular and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. She has experience with various clinical tests and can provide body composition analysis and sub maximal as well as maximal VO2 max testing. Chronic disease management counseling specific to exercise, nutrition, and stress management can also be provided.
|Alicja Stannard | Assistant Professor
Dr. Alicja B. Stannard is an assistant professor in the Exercise Science program at Sacred Heart University. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University, with a focus on Exercise Physiology. Her research interests include physical activity in pregnant and postpartum women as well as various factors impacting athletic performance. She has consulted with Division I soccer teams on heart rate training and performed athlete testing of runners, hockey and basketball players.
|Christopher Taber | Assistant Professor
Dr. Christopher Taber completed his Ph.D. in Sport Physiology and Performance from East Tennessee State University in 2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science. His research interests include athlete monitoring, strength and power development and weightlifting.
|Erin Chapman | Certified Personal Trainer
Erin Chapman holds a BS in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University and is currently in her second year in SHU's doctorate of physical therapy program. She is certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Erin has been working in the Pioneer Performance Center for five years and her main area of interest is resistance training.