Faculty Athletic Representative
Mary Ann Kluge
Dr. Mary Ann Kluge, who was named Faculty Athletics Representative at UCCS in the summer of 2011, is a tenured Associate Professor at the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) where she teaches Sports Health and Wellness Promotions (SHWP) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Kluge oversees the Senior Fitness Instructor specialization for students who are interested in learning how to provide safe and effective physical activity programming for older adults.
Kluge has extensive experience working with people of all ages and ability levels in health, wellness, physical activity, recreation, and sport. For the past 15 years, Kluge has focused on older adult fitness and wellness and has extensive experience working with teams of scholars and practitioners to initiate and sustain meaningful infrastructures to support older adult wellness.
Kluge is a member of the Training and Encouraging Senior Activity (TESA) team of professionals that deliver workshops nationwide that are sponsored by the Alliance for Physical Activity and Recreation (APAR) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control). TESA workshops provide older adults who are interested in learning about healthy living information about and experience with heart healthy activities, muscle healthy activities (including balance and mobility exercises), goal setting, overcoming barriers to physical activity, and nutrition.
Kluge completed a fellowship in Ethnogeriatrics from Stanford University summer 2004 and recently completed training in Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM), offered by the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness (COAW). Kluge continues her involvement with the COAW and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) to support the implementation of Living Well with Chronic Conditions in communities throughout Colorado.
During her tenure at UCCS, Kluge has served on numerous community advisory boards and tasks forces that have been heavily involved in a variety of “healthy living” community outreach efforts, most recently the Palisades at Broadmoor Park Senior Residence partnership. Kluge serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and service providers at the Palisades, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Colorado Springs. Her role is to consult about physical activity programming for residents and staff. She recruits, trains, supports, and evaluates wellness staff from a student pool at UCCS. She participates in ongoing research at the facility.
Kluge has been involved with athletics in some capacity for over 40 years. She has extensive playing and coaching experience at all levels. Kluge participated in basketball and lacrosse for 4 years at the University of Rhode Island (1973-1977). Upon graduation, she was selected to the U.S. Lacrosse Squad and was drafted by the developing professional women’s basketball league. She also had extensive A.S.A. softball playing experience, receiving “All-American” status in 1974 and 1975. While in graduate school at the University of Oregon (1977-1978), Kluge assisted with softball and continued playing club lacrosse. She also began working with Special Olympics at this time and has continued to volunteer at various capacities for over 20 years.. Kluge coached softball and assisted with Track and Field in the Beaverton School District from 1978-1980. She then accepted a position at Idaho State University as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Head Softball Coach from 1980-1985. In 1985, Kluge went Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma Washington to teach in the School of Physical Education and coach Women’s Basketball. She was Head Basketball Coach (NAIA/NCAA Division 3) at PLU for 17 years and Associate Athletic Director for 5 years. She continued coaching and playing lacrosse in various settings.
Kluge is currently involved with Senior Games on the local and national level. She is a personal trainer for several athletes who are 55+, encouraging and supporting them to continue playing the sports they love or to learn to play sports they had never had the opportunity to do earlier in their lives. Kluge has recruited an intergenerational team of individuals that includes the former volleyball coach at UCCS, some of her players, health sciences students from UCCS to help train women 65 years of age and older, who have never played volleyball before, to compete in the Colorado Senior Games. Kluge also competes in senior games. She has medaled in swimming, basketball and volleyball.