Faculty & Staff

Dr. Rodney Gaines Dr. Rodney Gaines Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Education Location:Martin Luther King, Jr. HallRoom 246 Phone:757-727-5539 Expertise:Strength and Conditioning, Obesity Research, Health Disparity, Stress Management, Aging and Health

Dr. Gaines earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Physical Education. He also completed his Masters in Exercise Science and B.S. in Business Finance from Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Gaines has extensive experience as a college athletic strength and conditioning coach including positions at Virginia Tech and initiating programs at Norfolk State and Virginia State.

He has been teaching for over 16 years in the areas of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science and currently teaches courses such as exercise physiology, motor learning, sports nutrition, exercise testing/prescription, and foundation of kinesiology.  Research interests include body image, obesity studies as well as tracking the health and physical education patterns of college students.

Dr. Gaines has held key leadership positions in his 16 years in the teaching and coaching profession. Dr. Gaines also served on the National Sports and Conditioning Association Board of Directors from 2010-2013. Dr. Gaines also served as the Virginia Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) President from 2011-2014. Currently, Dr. Gaines is currently the Regional MidAtlantic Director for the Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity, which is a national fraternity for majors in Health and Physical Education. Dr. Gaines was recently awarded the College Physical Educator of the Year Award by VAHPERD. Dr. Gaines is the author of published book 101 Spiritual Lessons for Coaches and Athletes.

Dr. Gaines has been lifting weights personally for over 30 years and has won over 50 bodybuilding titles.  He won the overall Mr. Virginia Bodybuilding championships in Hampton, VA in 1995. Later he would turn pro in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation by winning Hercules International Bodybuilding Championships in Manhattan, New York.  Dr. Gaines would shortly after win the WNBF Pro Mr. Universe in Tucson, Arizona.  Dr. Gaines won the 2004 INBA Fitness Olympia championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Other key victories included winning over 16 shows in 2012, and one being a world championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.