When Kip Keino defeated Jim Ryun in the 1968 Olympic Games at 1500 meters, he credited the win to “Roho.” Roho is the Swahili word for spirit demonstrated through extraordinary strength and courage. The type of courage and strength that can be summoned up from deep within that will allow you to meet your goals and overcome the challenges in life. Roho Publishing focuses on the spirit of sport and is designed to inspire, encourage, motivate and teach valuable life lessons.
Meet the Team
Dr. Mark Stanbrough is a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Emporia State University in Kansas. He teaches graduate and undergraduate exercise physiology and sports psychology classes and is the director of Coaching Education. The Coaching Education program at Emporia State is currently one of only ten universities in the United State to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education. He was a co-founder of the online physical education graduate program, the first in the United States to go completely online. He received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon, and undergraduate and master’s degrees from Emporia State in physical education. He has served as department chair and has served on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education National Sport Steering Committee and is a past member of the board of directors for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.
Mark has over thirty years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, middle school and club level. Coach Stanbrough served eight years as the head men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coach at Emporia State (1984-1992) with the 1986 women’s cross country team finishing second at the NAIA national meet. He has also coached at Emporia High School and Glasco High School in Kansas. He is a member of the Emporia State University Athletic Hall of Honor and the Health, Physical Education, Recreation Hall of Honor and has won numerous coach-of-the-year awards at the high school and collegiate levels. Mark is a past USATF Association president and has served as head referee at numerous national track and field/cross country competitions.
Jenna Hill holds a Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media from Baker University.
She was named to the Baker University Dean’s List, was a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society. She was an editor for The Baker Orange newspaper for three years and was honored for her work by the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press and the Associated Collegiate Press. She was named the Instructional Design and Technology Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year and was vice president of the Emporia State University Instructional Design and Technology Student Association.
Jenna has been involved with the sport of track and field from the age of 6, when she competed in age group track and field for Emporia High School. She went on to compete in track and field and cross country for Baker University, where she was a multiple-time Heart of American Conference individual champion and was part of seven conference championship teams including cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field. She is also a member of the school record holding 4x400 meter team. She continues to compete in road races, and finished her first marathon in the spring of 2016, along with several half marathon finishes. She also worked as a cross country coach at Andover High School. She is currently an editor for Roho Publishing.