May 20, 2021
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Huntingdon Welcomes Marcus Townsend to Sport Science Faculty
Montgomery, Ala.— Marcus Townsend, a teacher and coach for Montgomery Public Schools and long-time adjunct instructor for Huntingdon College, will join the Huntingdon College faculty full-time as an instructor of sport science beginning August 1, 2021, Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today.
“Mr. Marcus Townsend has been an impactful instructor in our sport science programs for seven years,” said President West. “Students have responded well to him, and his knowledge and experience are exactly the right combination for giving relevant and current guidance to students who plan to teach and coach or enter other sport science careers.”
“Huntingdon’s Department of Sport Science and Physical Education houses programs of study that attract great numbers of students and student-athletes,” said Huntingdon senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Tom Perrin. “We are especially looking forward to welcoming Mr. Townsend because he brings long-standing teaching and coaching experience earned from his work in the county school system.”
Mr. Townsend graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery and earned his Associate of General Studies degree from Patrick Henry State Junior College; Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Auburn University-Montgomery; and Master of Educational Leadership degree from Auburn-Montgomery. He has taught physical education for Daisy Lawrence Elementary/Martin Luther King Elementary School, Baldwin Middle School, and LAMP High School since 1996. He also serves as head basketball coach for LAMP HS.
“I’ve been with Montgomery Public Schools for 25 years, and this is the right time for me to begin a new chapter,” said Mr. Townsend. “Teaching in a college environment is something I’ve always desired to do because I will have the opportunity to work with students who are in a different stage of their lives. I look forward to focusing more on helping to produce young professionals—preparing them for the workplace or for graduate school. I have enjoyed teaching at Huntingdon as an adjunct for the past seven years as I find that the students are eager to learn and are driven, ambitious, and positive. This is the type of atmosphere I enjoy being around. In this new full-time role, I look forward to sharing with students the knowledge I’ve been able to gain while at MPS as I help students excel in their careers as teachers and sports science professionals.”
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