Candia  Cole
Faculty/Staff Wellness Coordinator, Instructor, Kinesiology
School of Health Professions
Department of Kinesiology
Phone: 205-726-2961
For Candia Cole, being a part of Samford University is a family affair, and her ties run deep. "I have been a part of Samford all my life. My parents attended Howard College. My father graduated in 1947. My mother worked as a student assistant for Dean Margaret Sizemore, and I too was her student assistant. My mother would bring groups to visit Samford during Step Sing. My first Step Sing was in 1969 and I did not miss a performance until 1984 when my daughter was born the night of dress rehearsal," she said. Her brother and sister also attended Samford. After graduating in 1978, Cole worked in several departments across campus before becoming the faculty/staff wellness coordinator in 2002. She also found time in December 1999 to make an appearance on Third Rock from the Sun. "My sister was working on the show as an actress and stunt woman, and the director picked me out of the stand to do a feature role with my own dressing room trailer." In her free time, Cole also addresses wedding invitations using calligraphy. Despite having a knee replacement in March 2013, Cole doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon. "I…still can teach kickboxing," she said.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Samford University
  • Group fitness instructor, American Council on Exercise [ACE]
  • SPINNING, Mad Dogg Athletics
  • Yogafit
  • Water Safety Instructor [WSI], American Red Cross
  • C.P.R. for the professional rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Aquatic fitness instructor, Aquatic Exercise Association [AEA]
  • Lifeguard training and community first aid and safety, American Red Cross
  • Certified Pool Operator [CPO], National Swimming Pool Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
  • Registered BOD POD user, Body Composition Tracking System, Life Measurement, Inc.
  • Open water diver PADI


  • Wellness, physical fitness and group fitness instruction


  • Cadre leader, Stretch Your Faith, yoga and devotion, Campus Ministries, Samford University
  • Healthy Eating Active Living [HEAL] physical education pilot program for Alabama
  • Aerobic choreographer and instructor, served six years visiting various schools teaching the Sports Stadium routine
  • Led the routine at the State Capitol HEAL presentation
  • Vice president of dance, Alabama State Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, 2011–12
  • Aquatic fitness specialist, Lakeshore Foundation
  • De-Stress at Your Desk, relaxation and stretching techniques performed at your desk, Samford University library staff
  • Aqua Aerobics for the Samford women's soccer team
  • Yoga for the Samford crew team
  • Yoga on the Quad, sponsored by Active Minds student organization during exams
  • Fitness in a Nut Shell, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, singles women Sunday school class
  • Ritual adviser and faculty adviser Alpha Gamma Chapter, Phi Mu Fraternity, Samford University
  • Phi Mu Fraternity Alumni Association
  • Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation, served on the park board as the senior pool supervisor
  • Samford Legacy League Sunset 5K volunteer, two years
  • Member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church