John R. Kilbourne, Ph.D.
Dr. Kilbourne has devoted nearly all of his adult life to helping individuals and communities understand the deeper meanings of play, games, sport, and dance. His Bachelor’s degree is in Creative Drama & Movement from California State University Long Beach. His Master’s Degree is from the University of California at Los Angeles in Dance Education with an emphasis in Dance & Sport. While at UCLA he served as Graduate Assistant (Dance/Basketball Conditioning) to then Headcoach Larry Brown. His Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University where he continued his work in exploring the relationships between sport and performance. His dissertation is titled, “Building A Bridge Between Athletics and Academics.”
In 1982 John became the first full-time Conditioning Coach in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers. He helped them in the pursuit of their 1983 World Championship.
In addition to his work in basketball, John has extensive experience in figure skating both in the United States and Canada. He and his wife Elizabeth were fortunate to attend the 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics. John is a former member of The Margalit Dance Theatre and The Detroit Dance Collective. For ten years John served as a Professor in the Department of Movement Arts at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.
In 2004 he accepted a position in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. John has won numerous awards including, GVSU’s 2009 and 2011 Sustainability Champion’s Award, GVSU’s 2010 PEW Excellence in Teaching Award, GVSU’s 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation of Outstanding Performance, The 2004 Bridgewater State College Award for Academic Excellence, The 2000 Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor Award, The Ohio State University 1993 Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The 1993 National Dance Association Presidential Citation, and The Ohio State University 1993 Success Stories Multicultural Teaching Award.