Academic Affairs Office

Adjunct Faculty



Office:  Room 801 - Gymnasium

OFC 111 - Sports Officiating for Baseball, Basketball and Football
OFC 112 - Sports Officiating for Softball, Basketball and Volleyball

Bene L. Benedict has officiated sports for over thirty years in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.  He is a retired Division-II Women's Basketball Official and is still active as an official in football, basketball and softball for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.  He currently serves as Counselor for the West Michigan Officials Association in addition to having officiated at all levels of the MHSAA post season tournaments.

Bene "Lynn" holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Finance from University of Central Oklahoma ad a Master's Degree in Education from Grand Valley State University.


Office:  Room 803 - Gym

PEA 153 - Baseball I
PEA 253 - Baseball II


Dan Bloom graduated from Mona Shores High School in 2009 and Albion College in 2013. He picked Albion to continue his education because of their successful academics and baseball program. While at Albion he studied both Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Bloom accumulated 900 clinical hours at Albion, assisted with WMU’s hockey team and observed at Shoreline Sport & Spine in Grand Haven. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and is working toward becoming a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.  He is currently the Assistant Baseball Coach at MCC.


Office:  Room 94 - Gymnasium

PEA 101A - Fitness, Wellness and Nutrition
PEA 103 - Weight Training
PEA 116/216 - Tennis I & II

After graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 2004, Jimmy attended MCC for one year, where he played basketball for the Jayhawks. He then transferred to Grace Bible College, where he played basketball for three more years.  He earned two Bachelor degrees in five years while dual enrolling at Grace and Davenport University.  He graduated with a Bachelors in Religious Education with emphasis in Business and a Bachelors in Business Management.  He is currently back in school to earn his teachers certificate in Elementary Mathematics. 

Jimmy and his wife Jennifer have been married for five years and currently reside in Sparta.


Office:  801 - Gymnasium

PEA 105 - Pocket Billiards
PEA 108 - Bowling

Brad is a 2004 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS degree in Movement Science along with a Health Education minor.  He received his Master of Education Leadership degree from Grand Valley in 2012.

Brad currently teaches for Wyoming Public Schools, where he has taught elementary, middle school, and high school physical education and health for the last 10 years.  he also served one-year as middle school athletic director.

Brad has been involved with officiating basketball at the high school, as well as football at the college and professional level with the Arena Football League.  As a current West Michigan Officials Association board member, Brad also assigns officials in both basketball and football for many of the OK Conference schools.


Office:  804 - Gymnasium

PEA 101 - Weight Training

Mark Brunger is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS degree in Physical Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. He attended Muskegon Community College from 1991-93.

Mark is currently the head coach of the Muskegon Community College wrestling team. He also teaches technology at Three Oaks Public School Academy in Muskegon.  He lives in Fruitport with his wife Cristy and son Reese.



Office: 801 - Gymnasium

PEA 114 - Golf I
PEA 214 - Golf II


Dave Buchan attended Muskegon Community College from 1964-1966.  He is a 1969 graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelors degree majoring in physical education.  Dave taught physical education and health at the Oakridge Middle School for 28 years.  He also taught for the Natural Golf Corporation out of Chicago for 12 years.  He joined the MCC staff as an adjunct instructor in golf in 2008.

Dave and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren.  In his spare time Dave loves to golf whenever he can and sings in a local barber shop chorus. 


Office: 801 – Gymnasium

PEA 101A - Fitness, Wellness and Nutrition
PEA 104 – Walking, Jogging and Conditioning
PEA 156 – Beach Volleyball

Sarah is a 1979 graduate of Muskegon Community College , where she was a volleyball player and received the Athlete of the Year Award. In the fall of 1979 she continued her education and volleyball career at Hillsdale College . She received her teaching degree from Grand Valley State University and a Masters Degree from Marygrove College . 

Currently she is an elementary Health and Physical Education teacher in the Spring Lake School District . She is also the Assistant Athletic Director as well as 8th grade volleyball coach and Assistant Softball Coach.

Sarah and her husband, Tim, (also a volleyball player and recently retired from Grand Haven Public Safety) have two daughters who are volleyball players as well.  Betsy is an Alma College graduate and works Inotec in Zeeland.  Cassidy is a graduate of Hope College and teaches 3rd grade in the mona Shores School District.  Both girls have played volleyball at their colleges for 4 years.


Office:  801 - Gymnasium

PEA 103 - Weight Training

Amy is a Muskegon Community College alumni (’04) where she completed her associates in science and arts while also being a member of the women’s volleyball team. Since then Amy completed her volleyball career and a bachelors degree in Exercise Science at Lake Superior State University (‘07) along with her masters degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University (’09). She is also a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). After graduation she returned to Lake Superior State University as a faculty member in the Exercise Science department where she taught courses such as exercise prescription and sports nutrition in addition to directing the exercise physiology laboratory and served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. As a graduate student and faculty member Amy has conducted research in areas such as off-season strength and conditioning programming for collegiate volleyball players, the effect of short term high-intensity training on middle age women, and the effect of magnetized mouthpieces on physical performance among collegiate hockey players.

Amy “retired” from Lake Superior State University in 2012 in order to move back to West Michigan to marry her husband Dillon, who is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Grand Rapids Community College. She now spends her time teaching, gardening, cooking, lifting weights, and playing beach volleyball.



Office: 158 

PEA 100C - Yoga I
PEA 200 - Kundalini Yoga


Gretchen joined the MCC faculty as a member of the English/Communications Department in autumn 1997. She began teaching yoga for the HPER department in 2004.

In addition to teaching writing and yoga, Gretchen paints both colorful portraits and narrative paintings.  (B.A. English, Kenyon College; M.A., Ph.D. English, Ohio State University) 


Office:  801 - Gymnasium

HE 110 - Industrial Safety & Workplace Training
PEA 101A - Fitness, Wellness and Nutrition
PEA 107 - Archery

Kim received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education and Athletic Administration from Central Michigan University.  She recently retired from the White Cloud Public Schools, where she had been a physical education and health education teacher for the past 28 years.  Kim coached JV and Varsity Volleyball for 10 years and is a certified archery instructor.

Kim's husband, John, is a Building and Trades instructor at Grand Rapids Community College.  She has a daughter who is a student at Kendall College of Art & Design and a son who attends Grand High School.  Kim and her family love to travel, sports, outdoor recreation, family and church activities.



Office: 801 - Gymnasium

PEA 109 - Judo

Luco Farias has training and experience of over 45 years as a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He is a martial arts instructor (Judo, Karatedo, Kobudo, Jujitsu and Self-Defense) in the Grand Rapids area; a grand master instructor Olympic Center - Grand Rapids and began teaching at Muskegon Community College winter semester 2001.

He has also taught at many clubs, Universities, and for the police, army and National Guard in Argentina and Venezuela. Mr. Farias has competed in Judo and Karate in Argentina and Venezuela (1963-1974) and was an international judge and referee.

He has a bachelor degree in architecture from Mendoza University, Argentina 1976, where he also served as Professor of Landscape Design and Director of Physical Education. He has earned 7th Dan in Judo from the United States Martial Arts Association, 8th Dan in Karatedo - USMA and USA Master Instructor, 6th Dan Weapon - Kobudo USMA and USA -2000, 7th Dan Self Defense - Jujitsu, USMA USA - 2001 and National Fitness Instructor -September 2001.

Lucio is a member of United States Judo Federation, Union Panamericana Judo, National Referee, Japan Kodokan Henshubu since 1965, International Kobudo Association - USA, International Karate Gojuryu Kyokai - USA and Kyoshi Member Hall of Fame USMA USA 2000/2001.  He also belongs to MNLA Michigan Nursery Landscape Association and Ashworth College.



Office:  166 - Creative/Performing Arts

PEA 201 - Aerobic Movement for Fitness


Cathy Gamby has been an adjunct faculty member at MCC since 1989. She is a graduate of the University of California-Irvine where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Dance with special emphasis in teaching. She has taught aerobics in a variety of settings since 1982 and dance since 1986.

Cathy received her Masters Degree in dance/movement therapy & counseling from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. She has been working as a dance therapist and recently received her Limited License in Professional Counseling from the State of Michigan and works as a counselor for a private psychological support center.

In addition to teaching aerobics and dance at MCC, Cathy also teaches Applied Psychology for MCC’s Social Science Dept. She enjoys bicycling, music, dancing and being out in nature.


Office:  801 - Gymnasium

PEA 101A - Fitness, Wellness and Nutrition
PEA 104A - Walking, Jogging and Conditioning                     

Cory is a 2005 graduate of Muskegon Community College.  After earning an associates degree, he attended Western Michigan University.  In 2009, Cory graduated with a B.S. degree majoring in physical education with an emphasis in coaching. Cory returned to Muskegon Community College in 2011 to join the Health, Physical Ecuation and Recreation Department.

Cory's hobbies include playing and coaching hockey and watching almost all sports.  He is a proud member of Muskegon Community College's National Championship hockey team in 2003.  Cory ejoys teaching health, fitness, nutrition and all the benefits that come with it.  Cory's ultimate goal for students is to have them pursue a healthy active lifestyle.


Office:  805 - Gymnasium

PEA 114/214 - Golf
PEP 203 - Fundamentals of Coaching
CSS 100 - College Success Seminar

Marty McDermott was named Atletic Director at Muskegon Community College in 2007.  Prior to coming to MCC, McDermott served as the Head Basketball Coach/Associate Athletic Director at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.  From 1997-2003 McDermott served as the Head Basketball Coach at Lake Superior State University. 

Marty holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota and a Master's Degree in Sports Management and Administration from Wayne Sate College. 

Marty and his wife Rachel reside in Spring Lake along with their daughter, Mia and son, Evan.



Office:  801 - Gymnasium

PEA 100 - Hatha Yoga

Beverly is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200, and has been practicing yoga for 8 years and teaching yoga in the community for 3 years.  She has worked with adults with special needs and is convinced yoga is for everyone.

Bev was born and raised in Muskegon Heights and resides with her husband of 42 years, Jesse.  She has three adult children and is passionate about spending time with her grandchildren and family.  Bev enjoys golfing and serving in her local church.



Office:  801 - Gymnasium

PEA 101A - Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition
PEA 103 - Weight Training

Josh  Mueller is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics.  He then went on to complete a 14 month internship with Michigan State University.  He attended Muskegon Community College in 2004-2006.

Josh is currently a Registered Dietitian and works for Muskegon County as a Community Nutrition Specialist.  He also has been a Personal Trainer for the past eight years.  Josh enjoys sharing his passion for health and wellness to guide others towards a healthier lifestyle.

Josh is very passionate about exercise and has built his own gym.  He spends his spare time in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping.  



Office:  804 - Gymnasium

HE 102 - Nutrition for Fitness & Sport
PEA 152 - Slow Pitch Softball
PEP 100 - Foundations of Physical Education

Rob Recknagel is handling dual roles at MCC as a HPER instructor as well as the women's head basketball coach.  Rob has been an employee at MCC for 12 years as a coach and instructor.  He has taught a wide variety of classes in the MCC HPER department.  The 2013-2014 season began a second stint as head coach of the Jayhawk Women's Basketball Program in which he was awarded MCCAA Western Conference Coach of the year by fellow league coaches.  

Rob has teaching experience at all levels from Kindergarten through college.  He has over 10 years of classroom experience.  Before teaching at MCC Coach Recknagel was a High School Biology and Marine Science teacher at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie Florida.  Coach Recknagel possesses over twelve years' experience coaching basketball at all levels including eight years as a head coach and assistant coach.  His credentials include managing victories in 164 games as a college and high school varsity head coach. 

Rob is a graduate of Muskegon Community College and Grand Valley State Unviersity.  He is the proud father of Ella, Brady, and Tyler.


Office: 801 – Gymnasium

PEA 110/210 - American Karate

Fred started taking classes at Muskegon's Community College (MCC) in 1975. It was here he met Mr. Lieb who was conducting classes in the American Karate System.

Following his graduation from Central Michigan University,in 1980, Fred returned to Muskegon. He has been the American Karate instructor at MCC since.

Fred has been an active competitor from 1976 to present, wining more than 100 trophies and awards, which include six Grand Championships. During 1996-1997 Michigan Karate Circuit rated him among the top five black belt competitors in the senior fighting and forms competition. Currently, Fred is an 8th Degree Black Belt.

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Office:  801-Gymnasium

PEA 106 - Leisure Games

Richard graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts.  He also attended Northern Michigan University in the Sports and Exercise Science master's program.

Much of his life has been spent competing at everything from master level chess to master level swimming and just about everything in-between!  Richard likes to say he has a lifelong addiction to the challenge of serious competition.

Currently Richard serves as the head coach and founder of Shoreline Lightning Swimming, a USA swim team based in Spring Lake.


Office: 801- Gymnasium

HE 100 - Community First Aid and Safety
HE 102 - Nutrition for Fitness and Sport 
HE 110 - Industrial Safety & Workplace Training
HE  202 - Sports Injuries and Prevention 

Jon is a native of
Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in 1987 with a major in Physical Education and an emphasis in Athletic Training. Jon has been an adjunct faculty member, as well as athletic trainer and assistant athletic director, at MuskegonCommunity College since 1989. 

Jon is employed as
a Certified Athletic Trainer at Hackley Hospital Sports Medicine. He is currently the coordinator of the Community Outreach Program at Hackley Sports Medicine. He holds many certifications from the American Red Cross and has been an instructor with them since 1989. Jon has been instrumental in the development of the Sports Safety Training courses taught by the Hackley Sports Medicine staff in conjunction the American Red Cross.

Prior to coming to Muskegon, Jon was the Head Athletic Trainer at Marian College in Wisconsin (1988 to 1989). Jon also served as an adjunct faculty member in GrandValleyStateUniversity’s Athletic Training Education Program from 1991 to 1993. Previously, Jon served as the athletic trainer for MuskegonHeightsHigh School from 1991 to 1994 and NorthMuskegonHigh School from 1995 to 1997.

Jon and wife, Kathy, have two children, Patrick and Megan, and reside North Muskegon. His hobbies include: golf, computers and spending time with his family.  Jon enjoys all sports, and has become an avid NASCAR fan.


Office:  94 - Gymnasium

PEA 114/214 - Golf I & II
PEA 155/255 - Basketball I & II

Dave is a graduate of Ferris State University.  He has coached basketball for 30 years at FSU, Cedar Springs High School and is in his 6th year coaching for the men Jayhawks.  He recently retired from Cedar Springs as the principal of the alternative high school.  He has also taught history and physical education.

Dave is married to Teresea and has 3 children; Josh 26, Elyse 23, and Dan 18.  His hobbies include hiking and cycling.



Office:  803 - Gymnasium

PEA 112 - Wrestling I
PEA 212 - Wrestling II

James Tietema is  graduate of the University of Findlay.   He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education - Intervention Specialist/Behavioral Management.  He graduated from Muskegon Community College in 1999.

James was an All-American at Muskegon Community College and University of Findlay in the sport of wrestling and is currently the Head Wrestling Coach at MCC.  He is also a Financial Advisor for H & S Companies/Ameriprise Financial in Norton Shores.

James taught and coached high school wrestling and football for 10 years in Florida  He moved back to Michigan to be closer to family.  This is his third year at MCC and currently lives in Spring Lake with his wife Catherine and two children Bella (5) and Braeden (1).