These days I find myself wearing many hats. I am a husband, a father, a certified athletic trainer, an adjunct instructor, and a doctoral student in the educational leadership program at WKU. I take great pride in each role and enjoy the challenges that each one presents.
As a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) at WKU, I interact daily with student-athletes in many aspects of health care including injury prevention, injury assessment, and functional rehabilitation back to full activity. I chose to pursue a career in athletics because I believe this setting can be used to sharpen one’s perspective of dedication, persistence, and teamwork in a way that no other experience can duplicate. These qualities are vital to the performance of an athletic team, but even more so to our adult roles as spouses, parents, leaders, and employees. Although I spend the majority of my time on the field/court, the core of my responsibilities stem from educating each student-athlete about the human body’s response to various physical and psychological stressors as they navigate through their college experience. I strive to serve as an educator, a motivator, and a confidant to each person I encounter as they seek out their own individual life goals (the most important goal in life is to be a productive member of society, NOT just a professional athlete).
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Eureka (IL) College in 2000, and earned a Master of Science degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics from Illinois State University in 2002. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with a diverse population of athletes ranging from middle school through collegiate levels, developing an ever-evolving approach towards education necessary for different age and maturity levels.
My greatest joys in life revolve around my roles as a husband, and father to our three young children. My wife Chasity has been a primary school teacher in the Barren County school system since 2006 and her love for molding the lives of young students is infectious. She is my rock, and my inspiration behind task management! Our two daughters (Riley and Raegan) and son (Rhett) are budding bookworms / athletes, and serve as my inspiration for keeping an inquisitive mind. As a family, we stay on the go, and enjoy sports or anything else that gets us outdoors. The majority of my free time is devoted towards spending time with family, and the occasional woodworking project as a hobby.
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