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Thomas "TK" Koesterer, PhD, ATC

Associate Clinical Professor, Program Director


Phone: Call 209.946.2982 or text 209.800.5837


BS in in Physical Education, State University of New York, Cortland

MS in Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training, University of Buffalo

PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida

At Pacific Since:  2017

Thomas "TK" Koesterer, PhD earned his bachelor of science in physical education with a concentration in athletic training from State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland, his master of science in exercise physiology and athletic training from University of Buffalo and his doctor of philosophy in exercise physiology from University of Florida. He arrived at Pacific in June 2017 to start the new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT).

Dr. Koesterer brings more than 30 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer, with 15 of those years as the athletic training program director at SUNY Cortland and Humboldt State University. Prior to being a program director, Dr. Koesterer was the head athletic trainer in the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Dr. Koesterer currently serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and a regional director for the California Athletic Trainers' Association.

As program director, Dr. Koesterer's goal is to provide students with extensive hands-on clinical experience to prepare them for careers as certified athletic trainers. He strives to help each student become a confident, highly skilled health care professional who is prepared for the challenges and rewards of working independently as an athletic trainer.

Please contact Dr. Koesterer for further information and to set up a campus visit. Call 209.946.2982 or text 209.800.5837.


Teaching Philosophy: "My teaching philosophy has evolved over the past 25 plus years and strives to develop discipline, self-reliance and leadership in students. Students come to us with many different learning styles and abilities, and therefore I attempt to integrate varied teaching styles into my courses."

"When designing a course, I first determine the textbook, PowerPoint presentations are written directly from the textbook, and exams are written directly from the PowerPoint presentations using the objectives to guide the exam questions. Students may study in a manner that works best for them: reading from the textbook, taking their own notes, reviewing the PowerPoint notes, notecards, individual or group studying, etc. I ask many questions in class to simulate thought and discussion, and prefer students to respond in their own words, not repeat the textbook answer."

"PowerPoint presentations and class notes are available via Canvas. Sometimes I project the PowerPoint, while other times I carry a hard copy to guide my lecture/discussion. I also use the white board to draw diagrams and stress important points. Lecture/discussions are somewhat free form to allow material to be presented in an order dictated by the day's discussion, while staying on track to cover the material in a timely manner. This style had been developed over a number of years in response to many students' comments on teaching evaluations. I encourage students to ask questions and believe the best opportunity for students to retain information is when they ask for it."

ATTR 200 - Anatomical Kinesiology for Athletic Training
ATTR 203 - Techniques in Athletic Training III
ATTR 213 - Examination, Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Intervention: Head, Neck & Face
ATTR 231 - Evidence based Practice in Athletic Training
ATTR 232 - Research Methods in Athletic Training
ATTR 241 - Exercise Physiology for Athletic Training
PTHR 312 - Exercise Physiology in Physical Therapy


Research Summary: "My research interest revolves around developing student research interest and trying to get them to present critically appraised topics and case report at the state and regional athletic training conferences."