Cheryl Coker

About Professor Coker

Dr. Cheryl Coker is a Professor with the Department of Health and Human Performance at Plymouth State University. Dr. Coker is a motor learning specialist who draws from her experiences as an athlete and coach to assist practitioners in putting theory into practice. She has given over 80 presentations throughout the US and internationally and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and the textbook Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners which has been well received for its applications based approach. Dr. Coker has served in numerous leadership capacities at the state, district and national level and is a Fellow of both the Research Consortium in the Society of Health and Physical Educators and of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals.

Selected publications

Coker, C.A. (In press). Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners. 4th Edition, New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Overdorf, V., Coker, C.A & Kollia, B. (In press). Perceived competence and physical activity in older adults. Activities, Adaptations and Aging. Coker, C.A. (2016). Optimizing external focus of attention instructions: The role of attainability. Journal of Motor Learning and Development. 4 (1), 116-125.

Coker, C.A., (2015).  Motor skill learning for effective coaching and performance. In J.M. Williams and V. Krane (Eds.),  Applied Sport Psychology; Personal Growth to Peak Performance. 7th Edition.     (pp.19-39) Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.

Coker, C. A. (2014). Intervention strategies for performance enhancement. Physical and Health     Education Journal, 79(4), 14-17.

Overdorf, V.G. and Coker, C.A. (2013). The efficacy of movement analysis and intervention skills. The Physical Educator, 70(2), 195-205.

Selected Presentations

Coker, C.A. Effects of Attentional Focus Instructions on Standing Long Jump Performance in Early Adolescents, NASPSPA, Montreal, Canada, June 2016

Coker, C.A. Internal Focus Cue Specificity: Are the Benefits of an External Focus a Function of a Misdirected Internal Focus? NASPSPA, Portland, OR, June 2015.

Coker, C.A. Well Why Didn’t You Say So? SHAPE America, Seattle, WA, March 2015.

Coker, C.A. How Far is Too Far? Perceived Attainability and the Distance Effect of an External Focus of Attention. NASPSPA, Minneapolis, MN, June 2014.

Overdorf, V. & Coker, C.A. Perceived competence and physical activity in older female adults. International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) World Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, February 2014.

Awards or recognition

Honor Award, AAHPERD – 2013

Fellow, NAS – 2013

Southwest District Presidential Citation – 2010

Margaret Paulding Lecturer, Eastern District AAHPERD – 2010

NMAHPERD Professional Honor Award – 2007

Southwest District AAHPERD Scholar – 2006

Southwest District AAHPERD Honor Award -2003

Fellow, Research Consortium, AAHPERD  – 2002



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