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Jesse Godding, M.A., Ed.D.

Associate Professor

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Dr. Jesse Godding currently serves Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in the roles of Assistant Professor and Director of Athletics. Academically, he teaches courses in Physical Education and Business Sports Management. Professor Godding is a member of the Admissions Committee, Athletic Committee, Spiritual Life Committee, and Faculty Council. As Director of Athletics, Dr. Godding oversees an athletic program consisting of fifteen sports competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) and nationally affiliated with the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). During his tenure as Director of Athletics at SAGU, the institution has added eight sports, seen a 100% growth in the number of athletes on the campus, and demonstrated continued improvement in athletic and academic excellence. Dr. Godding serves as a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference Executive Committee and the Athletic Director liaison for football. At the NAIA level, Dr. Godding functions as a member of the National Administrative Council, Athletic Director liaison for NAIA, the NAIA Return on Athletics Advisory Board, and currently serves as 3rd VP of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association. In 2022-23 Dr. Godding was named as a recipient of the Cushman & Wakefield NACDA Athletic Director of the Year Award. “Coach” Godding was the head football coach for SAGU from 2002 to 2014 and built a program from scratch, winning a conference championship and conference Coach of the Year honors in 2013. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a National Rater for football and was President of the Central States Football League from 2010-2017. Educationally, Professor Godding holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies and Social Sciences / Secondary Education from Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD, and an Ed.D. in Sports Management from United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL.




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