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

Biography:

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





Jordan Blazo, Ph.D., NASPSPA, LACUE
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Jordan Blazo is an Assistant Professor of Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity in the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Blazo has earned his Doctrate degree in Kinesiology (Specialization: Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity) from Michigan State University. He is also a member of North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE)

Dr. Blazo is interested in studying family and child relationships in physical activity contexts. Specifically, Dr. Blazo is focused on studying the ways that sibling influence and shape one another’s physical activity experiences. Currently, he is investigating the role of siblings in developing perceptions of ability in sport, the correlates of sibling relationship qualities in sport, and how sibling relationships inform our peer interactions in the physical domain. His previous research experience has included a NIH-funded project examining the effects (i.e., cognitive, behavioral, and social) associated with a before-school activity program for children with ADHD symptoms.

 

In addition to Dr. Blazo’s research pursuits, he has worked with athletes, teams, and coaches on mental conditioning for performance enhancement. Example topics have included: mental toughness, confidence, performance anxiety, team building, leadership development, and motivation.

 

 Graduate Courses Taught:

  • Kine 508 – Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • Kine 531 – Youth Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Kine 538 – Motivation in Physical Activity
  • Kine 539 – Sport Psychology
  • Kine 540 – Sport Impact on Society

 

Research Interests:

  • Youth Sport
  • Family Dynamics
  • Sibling Relationships





Benjamin H. Gleason, Ph.D., CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW2
Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University

Biography:

Dr. Gleason is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology with advanced training in sport performance enhancement. He played collegiate football at the University of Memphis (1996-1997), and club rugby in Australia before serving as an administrative officer in US Air Force from 2002-2006. Following his master’s work at Old Dominion University, he worked in multiple human performance roles, with stops at Hampton University (2008-2009) and Eglin Air Force Base (2009-2012). In 2012 he enrolled in the East Tennessee State University doctoral program in Sport Physiology and Performance, and worked with ROTC, ETSU collegiate sports, and the Science Hill High School football program. During his last year at ETSU he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports. In 2015 he worked as a data analyst at Ft. Bragg, NC, and then as assistant professor of exercise science at Northwestern State University from 2016-2017. He has been an active member in the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008, serving on the Tennessee State advisory board and speaking at several coaching conferences and high-performance events.

 Graduate Classes Taught: 

KINE 526 Physiology of Exercise
KINE 547 Performance and Drugs


Research Interests:

Enhancement of performance (especially American football)
Athlete monitoring & performance testing
Coach education