Ringing in the New Year with Exercise Science Majors




As many take to the gym or focus on a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or become more active, we will take a look at the Exercise Science program MCCC has to offer as well as highlight our student athletes in this major.


Exercise Science offers numerous career options, including coaching, education, exercise physiology, exercise research, health promotion and program management, personal training, rehabilitative exercise, and sport-specific athletic performance.


After completing the Exercise Science program students are prepared to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam. Students also complete certification for First Aid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).


Students who complete the Exercise Science program at MCCC learn the following: how to apply scientific and physiological principles to the promotion and enhancement of health, wellness, fitness, and athletic performance, how to assess and evaluate an individual’s health and performance; how to prescribe workouts for generally healthy individuals as well as for athletic populations and those with special considerations; and how to conduct safe and effective training sessions with generally healthy individuals.


On the women’s soccer team sophomore Hannah Worrell (Florence, NJ/Florence Twp. Memorial) and freshman Fiona Madigan (Dublin, Ireland/Fingal Community College) are both Exercise Science majors.  Worrell was a captain for the Vikings and had one goal and one assist this fall.  Madigan earned All-Region 19 honors and was helped anchor the Vikings defense.


Exercise Science is a popular major on the men’s soccer team.  Freshmen Max Furrer (Freiburg, Geramany/Marie Curie Gymnasium), Danny Pirgo (Hightstown, NJ/Hightstown HS), Kaleb Christmas (Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago), Marcin Gniadzik (Piensk, Poland/Braci Sniadeckich), Elias Ruano (Telde, Spain/Juan Pulido Castro) are all Exercise Science majors.  Furrer had goals and assists this season.  Ruano had 16 saves in eight games for the Vikings.  Midfielder Furrer had two goals and one assist this fall and will be one of the Vikings top returning offensive players next fall.  Defender Pirgo played in 13 games, starting eight and had one assist this fall.  Joining Pirgo in anchoring the defense next fall will be Christmas and Gniadik. 


Exercise Science is also a popular major on the baseball team.  Freshmen Hamlet Disla (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden County Tech), Connor Parsons (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township), and sophomores Maverick Foster (Bethel, CT/Canterbury School) and Jake Knapp (Clinton, NJ/Voorhees HS) are all majoring in Exercise Science.


On the softball team, freshman Isabella Bonacci (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) is an Exercise Science major.  Bonacci is expected to be one of the Vikings pitchers this spring.


And finally freshmen men’s lacrosse players Nolan Halloran (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury), Owen McAdams (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) and Nicholas Struthers (Jamesburg, NJ/Monroe Twp.) are all Exercise Science majors who will look to help the Vikings repeat as Region 19 Champions this spring.


Good luck to these Exercise Science student athletes and continued success on and off the field!


To read more about the Exercise Science major at MCCC, visit https://www.mccc.edu/catalog/exer_sci_as.shtml



Women's soccer captain Hannah Worrell 



Furrer Max 

Freshman men's soccer player Max Furrer



Freshman men's soccer and tennis player Marcin Gniadnik is an Exercise Science major



 Sophomore baseball player Jake Knapp