Fusing Sports Medicine with the
Fundamental Principles of Christian Higher Education!

Cliff Evan Pawley, M.Ed., ATC/LAT

Current Title:  Program Director of Athletic Training Education,  Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Wellness and Sport


       Cliff Pawley enters his twelfth year as full time faculty at Union University and begins his eighth year at the helm of Union's Athletic Training Education Program.   His was previously appointed as ATEP Clinical Coordinator and Associate Head Athletic Trainer for Union University's men's basketball team.  Cliff holds current memberships in good standing with the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society.   He was certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification in 1990 and has been licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee by the State Board of Medical Examiners since 2001.    He was appointed to the State of Tennessee Board of Athletic Trainers in 2011.

     Cliff originally hails from Elkville, Illinois where he graduated from Elverado High School in 1980.  Following four years of service in the United States Navy, Cliff pursued degrees from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (Bachelor of Science, 1990) and University of Louisiana - Monroe (Master of Education, 1992) in athletic training and exercise physiology respectively.  His background of professional practice includes 10 years of service at three private physical therapy practices in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Fairhope, Alabama and Bay Minette, Alabama in which he was responsible for coordinating outreach sports medicine programs for Pascagoula, Moss Point, Daphne and Baldwin County High Schools.  Cliff began teaching as an adjunct instructor at the University of Mobile and Faulkner State Community College before accepting a faculty appointment at Union in 2001. 

Cliff is married to the former Sherrie Cossey of Senatobie, Mississippi. They share their home with their dogs, Beau and Chevy. Cliff has one daughter, Bethany, who is 14. Sherrie has three children Caty, Courtney, and Codi Lyn, ages 19, 17 and 12 respectively. The Pawleys are active members of Northside Methodist Church in Jackson.

Educational Background

  • Southern Illinois University (1990)  Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Specialization in Athletic Training. 
  • University of Louisiana - Monroe (1992)  Master of Education in Exercise Physiology
  • Union University (in progress).  Currently pursuing Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Professional Associations

  • National Athletic Trainer's Association
  • Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society
  • Southeast Athletic Trainer's Assocation


  • Basketball, softball, golf, weight training and physical fitness, water sports, watching college sports and coaching Bethany in soccer and basketball. 
  • Tennessee Board of Athletic Trainers

Favorite Scripture

  •  22 "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.  23 Against these, there is no law."  24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit"  Galatians 5:22-25
  •  1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.     (NIV 1 Timothy 1-7)



Courses of Instruction: 

  • PEWS 170 Medical Terminology
  • PEWS 218 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • PEWS 240 Introduction to Sports Medicine
  • AT 350 Administration and Management Strategies
  • AT 318 Advanced Injury Management
  • AT 360 Therapeutic Modalities
  • AT 361 Upper Body Evaluation
  • AT 370 Lower Body Evaluation
  • AT 460 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • AT 265 Athletic Training Clinical I
  • AT 275 Athletic Training Clinical II
  • AT 365 Athletic Training Clinical III
  • AT 375 Athletic Training Clinical IV
  • AT 465 Athletic Training Clinical V
  • AT 475 Athletic Training Clinical VI
  • PEWS 414 Kinesiology

Contact Information:

  •  Office:  Penick Academic Complex A22-B

  •  Phone:  (731) 661-5529

  •  Fax:      (731) 661-5182

  •  Email:   CPawley@uu.edu

  •  Address:  Union University Box 1824
                       Jackson, TN 38305      


Pictured above:  Cliff  Pawley and former athletic training student Adam Raines at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri

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