Faculty Profiles

Mr. Nathan S. Wright

Chairperson, Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Associate Professor of Physical Education
B.A., Los Angeles Baptist College
M.A., California State University, Northridge
Joined TMU 1974

Mr. Wright has taught and coached at California Lutheran University, Los Angeles Baptist College, and at Moody Bible Institute where he served as Athletic Director. In addition to his current duties as Department Chair for the Kinesiology & Physical Education Department, he serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative for the NAIA.

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Mr. David R. Larsen

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education
B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.A., California State University, Long Beach
Diploma in Biblical Studies, The Master's College (1989)
National Athletic Trainer's Association, Certified 1991
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist
Joined TMU 2001

Before he joined The Master's Univesity faculty in fall 2001, Professor Larsen was the Head Athletic Trainer and a Physical Education Instructor at Los Angeles Harbor College for nine years. He has worked with a variety of athletes ranging from high school to professional levels and also worked for three years at a Physical Therapy clinic. His area of academic interest in Sports Medicine is corrective exercise application and he has completed an advanced certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in this area. Professor Larsen also oversees the Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis in the Kinesiology department where he teaches classes pertaining to evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. Professor Larsen and his wife, April, were born and raised in Whittier, CA, and have been married since 1992. They have four children.

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Mr. Jonathan Skaar

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Physical Education
B.A.Sc., Vanguard University
M.S., A.T. Still University
Joined TMU 2016

Before arriving at The Master’s University in fall 2016, Jonathan Skaar was the head athletic trainer at Calvary Chapel High School from fall 2010 to spring 2016. During his time there, he also served as the interim head coach for Varsity Baseball in 2014 and remained on the coaching staff as the varsity pitching coach until 2016. Prof. Skaar has also served as the head athletic trainer for Foothill High School and brings six years of physical therapy experience to the classroom. Prof. Skaar received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Vanguard University in 2007 and his master’s degree in kinesiology from A.T. Still University in 2015. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and has also completed certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Prof. Skaar teaches Sports Nutrition, Motor Learning, Program Design, and several other classes in the Exercise & Sport Science emphasis. He is also the athletic trainer for the men’s soccer and baseball teams. 

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