Richard L. Hawes, Jr.

Professor of Physical Education Health & Human Kinetics


B.S. (Biology Teacher Education), B.S. (Biological Sciences), Illinois State University
M.S., Illinois State University


In 1991, Richard Hawes came from Illinois State University to Ohio Wesleyan to become Professor of Physical Education and Aquatics Director. He is the head swim coach for Ohio Wesleyan’s men’s and women’s swim teams, scheduling and overseeing all aquatic activities. During his professorial career at OWU, he has taught courses in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition, Lifeguard Training, CPR and Swimming. To read more about Coach Hawes’ coaching experiences and successes, check his corresponding Athletic Department Web page.

During a sabbatical semester in 2004, Hawes expanded upon his interest in biomechanics. Working for the Australian Institute of Sport, he assisted in video analysis of swimmers and triathletes and helped develop and implement three-dimensional real-time video, which was used at the Olympic Trials and Short Course Nationals.

Hawes’ involvement in local organizations and projects is extensive. In addition to founding and coaching the Delaware (Ohio) Racing Club, a U. S. swimming program for competitive age group swimmers, and coaching the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team Stingrays, he served as City Council appointee to the YMCA Committee, volunteered for the Delaware County Chapter of the Red Cross, and was a member of the citizen committee to get a pool built in Delaware, Ohio. He is also a member of several national professional organizations.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Swimming and aquatics
  • Triathlon Training
  • Child development for sports and activity

Publications / Presentations

  • “Modification of the Maslach Burnout Inventory for use with Athletes.” Houseworth, S.; Burke, K.; Hawes, R.; Calvert, R.; and Weber, R. Illinois State University, 1991.

Contact Info


Edwards Gymnasium 107
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3740