The Past Presidents Emerging Leader Award

The Past Presidents Emerging Leader Award was created in 2012 by past president, Margie Weustner, to honor young professionals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and professionalism in the fields of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance


Congratulations to David Wachob for being the 2015 PSAHPERD Past Presidents’ Emerging Leader Award Winner. This award recognizes an outstanding young professional who has less than 10 years experience, yet exemplifies professionalism and outstanding leadership in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance or other related fields of study (Athletics, Administration, Exercise Science, Sport Management, etc.).

David Wachob is currently a faculty member and program coordinator for the undergraduate Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In addition to his teaching duties, he is also the director of the IUP Homeschool Physical Education Program that provides quality physical education to over 100 local homeschool-students.

Prior to his appointment at IUP, David worked as a health and physical education teacher at a school for incarcerated adolescent males. While there, he developed an outstanding leadership program that provided his students with skills and training necessary to be gainfully employed when returning home. Some of these trainings included CPR/FA, lifeguarding, sport safety/coaching, and basic exercise physiology. Through the work of this exemplary program, David’s students were able to gain employment at YMCA’s, water parks, golf courses, and scholastic sports teams, helping to keep them positively engaged and off the streets.

David has served PSAHPERD with distinction since 2004, joining as an undergraduate student. During that time, he has presented at convention; published in the State Journal; sat as a student delegate for IUP; was a recipient of the Outstanding Future Professional Award; served as Indiana-Armstrong Counties Chapter Vice President for Recreation and currently as Chapter President; and served as Vice President for Recreation on the Executive Board.

Congratulations David Wachob, recipient of the 2015 Past President’s Emerging Leader Award.


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The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc (PSAHPERD) is a non-profit (501 c 3) education association working to promote quality programs and provide professional development in the disciplines it represents. The PSAHPERD  is committed to the continual professional growth and development of its members,  the expansion and application of the knowledge base and pedagogical constructs, and the support of the professions that encourage active healthful lifestyles by all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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