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Professor Stephen J. Langendorfer PhD (USA)

Recipient of the 2013 Ireland Medal

Dr. Stephen J. Langendorfer, Ph.D. is Director of the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies and Professor, Exercise Science (formerly Kinesiology), at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Professor  Langendorfer is a recognized authority in the areas of aquatics and lifespan motor development.

He is the author of numerous scholarly publications in motor development, developmental aquatics and measurement and evaluation, including co-authoring Aquatic Readiness: Developing Water Competence in Young Children (1995), Human Kinetics. He has presented several hundred scholarly papers at international, national, regional, and local venues. Since 1987 he has served as a volunteer consultant to the American Red Cross [Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program (1988), Swimming and Diving (1992) and Water Safety Instructor (1992)] for which he was awarded the Golden Whale Award from the Commodore Longfellow Society and Lifesaving Hall of Fame.

He was selected as the founding editor for the International Journal in Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE), a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focusing on dissemination of non-competitive aquatic research from around the world. He was the first head lifeguard for the City of Ithaca’s Cass Park Pool while coaching for Roy Staley’s Ithaca Aquatics and then served as the first aquatic instructor and swim coach for the Lansing (N.Y.) Central Schools from 1974-1977.

Stephen’s great grandfather Patrick McNally was born in Co. Mayo in 1843. His great grandmother Mary Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1849. Patrick and Mary married in the USA in 1870. One of their daughters Katherine Teresa McNally married Stephen’s grandfather John Francis Langendorfer.