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John Lesaine

John Lesaine

Chair, Department of Sport Professions, Assistant Professor of Sport Professions

Office: PE 102

Office Phone: 803-321-5123




Ed.D. in Sport Management, United States Sports Academy, 2015

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Valdosta State University, 2009

B.S. in Sport Management, Newberry College, 2007


A native of Manning and Newberry College alumnus, Dr. Lesaine has taught in the Department on Sport Professions since August 2012. Before entering the classroom, he coached women’s basketball on the college level for eight years, including two stints at Newberry as a student assistant (2004-2007) and as a full-time assistant (2009-2012). As a college coach, he has been part of two South Atlantic Conference tournament championship teams (2006 and 2007) and coached in six consecutive NCAA Division II national tournaments.


Dr. Lesaine has received several campus awards during his tenure as a professor. He has twice been selected as NCSGA Professor of the Year in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. In addition, he has also received the Dr. and Mrs. William S. Boyd Professorship for Excellence in Teaching (2016), the L. Grady Cooper Award for loyalty and dedication to Newberry College (2016), an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society for Leadership and Success (2016), and Campus Pastor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service (2014).


In his spare time, Dr. Lesaine serves as a public address announcer for Newberry College athletics. He also officiates basketball on the high school, college, and semiprofessional levels.

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