David J. Szymanski, Ph.D., CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
Professor, Interim Department Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Eva Cunningham Endowed Professorship in Education
NSCA Bard of Directors member
Graduate Program Director, Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University


Dr. David Szymanski is a Professor of Kinesiology, with an emphasis in exercise physiology focusing on how to enhance sports performance and was formerly (2006 - 2014) the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Louisiana Tech University. At LaTech, he has been awarded the Virgil Orr Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as the University Senate Chair Award.  He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Board of Directors, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus, and a Fellow of the NSCA, as well as is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning Journal

Dr. Szymanski was formerly the Exercise Physiologist for the Auburn University baseball team for five years and a volunteer assistant baseball coach for two years. Before attending Auburn University, where he earned a Doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology, Szymanski was the Assistant Baseball Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Texas Lutheran University for five years. He has been involved in over 20 research studies involving high school and college baseball players and has published numerous baseball research and training articles.

Graduate Classes Taught:
  • KINE 509 Tests and Measurement
  • KINE 526: Physiology of Exercise I
  • KINE 536: Physiology of Exercise II
  • KINE 546: Physiology of Strength & Conditioning
Research Interests:
  • Baseball & Softball Performance
  • Sports Performance
  • Strength & Conditioning