Physical Ed & Recreation Dept
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. 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 seven years as EMU’s Men’s Soccer Coach: 1991-Present, In 2016, his team finished 6th 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 three times 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 230-230-43.
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 serves is an active member both at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and in the local community. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, playing guitar, landscaping and wood working. He lives in Harrisonburg and loves spending time with his wife Cheryl, and sons Mark (24) and Grayson (21). Grayson is a senior biology major at EMU and Mark graduated in 2015 is married to Rachel Kennel (EMU 2014) and is attending Temple University – Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry.
Carleen came to EMU in 2006 after 20 years at Hollins University. While at Hollins she served as the Head Athletic Trainer, Associate Athletics Director and taught in the Physical Education Department. She brings experience and a passion for wellness to the Physical Education and Recreation Department at EMU. She enjoys spending time playing outdoors or inside family games with her husband John and two boys.