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., (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.

Coker, C.A. (2013). Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners. 3rd Edition, Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers.

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

Lounsbery, M.F. & Coker, C.A. (2008). Developing skill analysis competency in pre-service physical education teachers. Quest.60, 255-267


Selected Presentations


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.

Coker, C.A. & Johnson, L.V. Perceived vs. Actual Competence in Fundamental Skill Performance in Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers. NASPSPA, New Orleans, LA, June 2013.

Coker, C.A. & Johnson, L.V. Mission Possible: Achieving NASPE Standard 2 in Secondary Physical Education. AAHPERD, Boston, MA, March 2012.

Coker, C.A. & Overdorf, V. Improving Movement Analysis and Intervention Skills in Professionals. International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), Limerick, Ireland, June 2011.

Coker, C.A. & Overdorf, V. Developing Skill Analysis Competency. AAHPERD, San Diego, CA, March 2011.

Coker, C.A. Practice Schedules and Putting Distance Accuracy. AAHPERD, Indianapolis, IN March 2010.


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


Courses Taught

PE 2550                Foundations of Physical Education

PE 2731                Motor Development

PE 3570                Kinesiology

PE 3720                Motor Learning

PE 4805               Senior Research I

PE 4806               Senior Research II

AT 5875                Special Topics – Kinesiology

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