Health, Wellness, and Sport Faculty


James Romagna
James Romagna
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3402
E-mail: jromagna@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 310 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Andrew Accacian
Andrew Accacian
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MS, Syracuse University
BS, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: aaccacian@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3425

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Andrew Accacian joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2010. Accacian is a 2008 graduate of Clarke College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and minors in biology and history.

Accacian continued his education at Syracuse University, graduating in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science. While at Syracuse, his primary responsibility was Football, but assisted with the healthcare of all other sports.

Accacian is also an instructor with the American Red Cross.

In addition, Accacian is a Clinical Faculty member for the Clarke University Athletic Training Education Program and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society.

The Oakland, Calif. native currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife, Sarah and dog, Lola.


Sarah Accacian
Sarah Accacian
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MS, Illinois State University
BS, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: saccacian@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
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Sarah (Fahrenkrug) Accacian joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2010. Accacian is a 2005 graduate of Clarke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and a minor in biology.

From 2005-2006 Accacian served as an Adjunct Athletic Trainer and Approved Clinical Instructor for Clarke covering Women's Soccer, Men's Volleyball, and Softball.

Sarah continued her education at Illinois State University, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. While in graduate school, Accacian served as a graduate assistant for Illinois Wesleyan University. Her primary responsibilities were Men's Soccer and Women's Basketball, while assisting with Cross Country and Tennis.

In Fall 2008, Sarah joined the sports medicine staff at Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. From 2008 to 2010, Accacian assisted with the medical care of all Wildcat athletes.

In addition, Sarah is a Clinical Faculty member for the Clarke University Athletic Training Education Program and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society (IATS).

The DeWitt, Iowa native currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband, Andy and dog, Lola.


Kevin P. Cattani
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing

PhD, University of Florida
MS, University of Florida
BS, University of Florida

Office Phone: 563.589.3454
E-mail: kcattani@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 311 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.589-3410


Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology

BS, Harding University
MS, University of Northern Iowa

E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Dunlap Technology Center


Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country; Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
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Chad Gunnelson, the 2013 Iowa Conference Men’s Outdoor Co-Coach of the Year, is entering his fifth season leading the track & field and cross country programs.

The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since Coach Gunnelson’s arrival in 2011. In track & field, both the men and women have posted their best finishes in school history at the IIAC Indoor Conference Championships. Outdoors, the women had their highest placing in school history with the men posting their best finish since 2005. The cross country program has seen similar success with the women having their best IIAC Championships finish in school history and the men racing to their best finish since 1983.

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 14 NCAA qualifiers, earning 4 All-American honors and 1 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Pole Vault, 2014).  The Spartans have also had 38 IIAC Champions and 164 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 47 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the third straight year with the men earning their first ever All-Academic award in school history.

The cross country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the third and seventh consecutive years. On the course, Fabiola Ortiz became the program’s first All-IIAC runner in 14 years. Her success was shared by other runners with 16 names being added to the UD Top-25 performers list under Gunnelson.

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by tripling the team size during his time there. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet, including a state champion.

Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility near Madison, WI, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area. Over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

Coach Gunnelson currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is Functional Movement Screen certified.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.


Deanne Hohmann
Deanne Hohmann
Adjunct Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Recreation Faculty


E-mail: dhohman@dbq.edu 
Fax: 563.589.3410

Thomas Lytle
Thomas Lytle
Adjunct Education Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: tlytle@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Victor Popp
Victor Popp
Director of Recreation; World View Seminar Faculty

MS, Minnesota State University
BA, Carthage College

Office Phone: 563.589.3449
E-mail: vpopp@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3743


Jose Reinoso
Jose Reinoso
Coordinator of Intramural Sports

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3845
E-mail: jreinoso@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3742


Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

PhD, Iowa State University
MS, Iowa State University
BA, Northwestern College (IA)

Office Phone: 563.589.3186
E-mail: jmthomas@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 313 Smith Hall


Jon West
Jon West
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport

BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: jwest@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410