Lecturer AY-B, Kinesiology
Thomas Beggs, Ed.D. C.C.T.
Dr. Tom Beggs, Adjunct Lecturer, in the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State
University, Full Time Instructor De Anza Community College, Adapted Physical Education.
Dr. Beggs specializes in Older Adult fitness utilizing Adapted/Corrective exercise
training and Theories. His recent interests include disabled students using Outdoor
education as a success model. His main core of classes involves Adapted Aquatics with
large numbers of disabled students. He received an A.A. in Liberal Arts from De Anza
College. He earned a B.S. and M.A.C.C.T. from San Jose State University. Tom Beggs
earned an Ed.D. from University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership in
Higher Education. Dr. Beggs found his calling when working with Disabled Vietnam Veterans
released into the California Community College system.
Tom worked at De Anza College as an assistant in the largest most successful Adapted
Physical Education Program in the U.S. under the direction of Dr. Steven Sellitti.
Upon Graduation from SJSU Dr. Beggs was asked to begin the first full-time APE Program
for the College of San Mateo. After successful construction of this program he obtained
full tenure status at De Anza College in 1981. Tom has remained at De Anza ever since
under the supervision of Jim Haynes. During his tenure Tom has served in numerous
positions within the Community College ranks. He has served as Interim Department
Head APE as well as Division Dean for Physical Education and Athletics. He served
as SCOPE (State Community College Organization for Physical Education) President.
He was the principal writer for CCC Physical Education Standards that were accepted
throughout CCC’s in the nineties. Dr. Beggs was a principal planner/researcher for
developing accurate demographic information pertaining to De Anza College students.
Tom has worked diligently to advocate for disabled Adults. To date he has led over
thirty five successful outdoor annual experiences for disabled adults. He has received
awards from faculty peers, American Association of University Women, local business
groups and student organizations. Recently Dr. Beggs earned the President’s Award
in 2001 and Distinguished Educator for Winter 2006 De Anza Community College. Tom’s
interests within the Kinesiology Department at SJSU remain in undergraduate courses
including Stress Management and Human Motor Development. Tom has coached at several
levels in Santa Cruz CA within Youth and High School Sports ranging from girls softball
to high school head surf coach. Tom’s hobbies include backpacking,bicycling and surfing
with his family. His most memorable trip was the 1976 Bike-Centennial Bicycle trip
across the U.S. with his brother. Tom and partner Lili
Just completed the Kettle Valley Railway in B.C. Canada riding a tandem bicycle. He
is married and lives in Santa Cruz CA with his wife Lili, daughter Emily and son J.T.