Dr. Diana Avans

Dr. Diana Avans, davans@vanguard.edu, (714-619-6462). PhD in Kinesiology/Psychology and Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity, University of Minnesota, M.S. in Health and Physical Education, Oklahoma State University, B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, Oral Roberts University.Dr. Avans is back in California after a five year teaching position in Texas. Dr. Avans brings a wealth of experience in the fitness field as well as instruction in exercise science to VU. Her areas of expertise are in sociology and sport psychology, but she also has an extensive knowledge of nutrition, fitness assessment and prescription, and physical education. She is currently conducting research in the field of sport psychology and has presented at numerous conferences at the state and national level.

Dr. Terry Zeigler

Dr. Terry Zeigler, tzeigler@vanguard.edu, (714-619-6464). ATC, Ed.D in Health Care Education, Nova Southeastern University; M.A. in Physical Education, emphasis in Athletic Training, San Diego State University; B.S. in Movement and Exercise Science, Chapman University.Dr. Zeigler has worked in the field of athletic training for over 30 years and has traveled internationally as an athletic trainer with Athletes in Action. She served as the head athletic trainer at VU for a number of years before becoming VU’s program director for their athletic training education program where the program was the first private university in California to achieve national accreditation.

Dr. Zeigler brings her years of athletic training clinical experience into the classroom. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries, the management of bloodborne pathogens in sport, diagnosis and management of concussions, and reducing catastrophic injuries in the sport of cheerleading. This has led her to become the medical director for The Spirit Consultants, a southern California based high school cheer and dance company whose mission is to improve safety in cheerleading through education and summer residential stunt camps.

Because of her expertise on reducing catastrophic injuries in cheer, she also serves on a panel of experts for the National Cheer and Safety Foundation as well as serves as an expert witness in court cases involving catastrophic injuries sustained by cheerleaders.  Dr. Zeigler is also a regular speaker at the California High School Cheer and Dance Association’s annual conference where she has the opportunity to educate coaches on understanding and recognizing the risks of injury during cheer stunting and tumbling.

Dr. Zeigler serves on the Board of Directors and is a lead writer for SportsMD, a web-based sports medicine educational site, where she has authored over 40 in-depth articles on the recognition and rehabilitation of sports injuries including articles specific to women in sports.  Dr. Zeigler’s text “Management of Bloodborne Infections in Sport” was published by Human Kinetics in 1997.  She also volunteers as an orthopedic and rehabilitation specialist at the VU Health Center, and recently served as an athletic trainer  at UCLA for the Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles in the summer of 2015. View Faculty Page


Dr. Dale Campbell

Dr. Dale Campbell, dale.campbell@vanguard.edu, (714-619-6463) D.A. in Physical Education, Middle Tennessee State University; M.Ed. and B.S. in Physical Education, University of Nevada.Dr. Campbell’s area of specialization is pedagogy along with significant experience in the area of leadership and administration. He combines college teaching and leadership experiences with 12 years of public school teaching and administration. Dr. Campbell has presented at numerous state and national conventions on a wide variety of topics in the pedagogy area. He has also published a Jogging text that he utilizes in his jogging/walking course taught here at Vanguard University.


Dr. Stephen Kelly

Dr. Stephen Kelly, stephen.kelly@vanguard.edu, (714-619-6473). CSCS, Ph.D. in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Wellness, Arizona State University: M.S. in Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton: B.A. in Exercise/Sport Science, Concordia University, Irvine.Dr. Kelly’s areas of specialization are human performance, strength and conditioning, coaching, and resistance training for athletes and the general population. He has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to strength and conditioning, as well as having published several research articles in the area. His doctoral dissertation “Comparison of Concentric and Eccentric Bench Press Repetitions to Failure” was recently published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Kelly is passionate about maximizing athletic performance through scientifically based training programs and biomechanical analysis as well as spreading the message of health and wellness throughout the lifespan. He is also an active coach, coaching a variety of sports from youth through high school.