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Athletic Director

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Dr. Jesse Godding currently serves Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in the roles of Associate 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 15 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 8 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 the SAC as a member of the conference Executive Committee and the Athletic Director liaison for football. He currently serves as Central Region Coordinator for the NCCAA which includes being a member of the NCCAA National Administrative Council. At the NAIA level, Professor Godding functions as a member of the National Administrative Council, Athletic Director liaison for NAIA football, and is a member of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.

“Coach” Godding was the head football coach for SAGU from 2002 to 2014, 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 is currently ABD for a Ed.D. in Sports Management from United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL.




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