Scott Weinheimer graduated from Coe in May 2010 and received a highly sought-after position in the Polar Scholar program. The Polar Scholar Program is a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa, Polar Electro – USA, and the Grundy Center Community School District. Only 48 people have been selected as Polar Scholars in the past seven years, and only eight of those are originally from the state of Iowa. The program offers a one-year master’s degree in physical education, teaching with technology. It focuses on using technology in physical education and physical education pedagogy. This is a one of a kind program that uses total immersion teaching in the Grundy Center Community School District coupled with course work through the University of Northern Iowa, giving participants the opportunity to practice the theories they study every night in class during their lessons each day at school.
Scott was attending a physical education conference while a student at Coe and was offered an interview to participate in the program. After the interview, he received an offer on the spot.
Scott graduated from the program in the spring of 2011 and accepted a physical education teaching position with the Des Moines Public Charter School in his hometown of Des Moines.
“I was very excited to be selected as a Polar Scholar. It was a wonderful experience and an amazing learning opportunity. Coe helped prepare me to become a Polar Scholar by providing me with the opportunities to travel to various physical education conventions and learn about new ideas and opportunities in physical education.” - Scott Weinheimer ’10
Matt Walter is currently the head strength and conditioning coach at Coe College. A 2009 graduate, he is also pursuing his MAT in education at Coe while teaching courses within the physical education department. Matt has interned with the football programs at the University of Iowa and Auburn University. He was one of the rare physical education graduates that completed both the teacher education tract and strength and conditioning tract while earning his undergraduate degree at Coe.
"The biggest thing Coe has provided me with is the opportunity to grow as a professional. Without the professional contacts that the Coe faculty has introduced me to, I wouldn't be where I am today. The professors have a tremendous concern for your future beyond Coe College." - Matt Walter ’09
Elaina Mertens is a Mount Pleasant, Iowa native and 2008 graduate, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in health and human physiology, specializing in physical activity for children. She received her M.S. in exercise physiology from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., where she was also assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach.
"Being at a small school like Coe allowed me to be hands on academically while still being involved in many clubs on campus. Learning to balance school, sports and other activities has helped me to successfully juggle the many responsibilities of being a graduate student." - Elaina Mertens ’08
Kelvin Lee graduated in 2009 and is pursuing a career in allied health profession. He has been attending the orthotic and prosthetic practitioner program at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. Upon completing his post-baccalaureate certification program, Kelvin is beginning his residency in Davenport, Iowa.
Megan Niedert Carlson graduated in 2009 and is currently employed by the Montezuma Community School District. She teaches K-8 physical education and 9-12 health, while also serving as junior high volleyball and high school track coach
Sarah Flogel, a 2007 graduate, has been working with in home personal training for the past four years. She works as an independent contractor for Front Door Fitness in Leawood, Kan., where she trains with six to eight clients per day. Most clients range in age from 50-70 years of age and she spends anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per session with them.
Some of Coe's more famous graduates include National Basketball Association head coach and former coach of the L.A. Clippers Bill Fitch '54, and Marv Levy '50 , former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.