BiographyHaving completed my undergraduate degree in Sports Science from the University of Chichester, England in 2001, I moved to the Bangor University, Wales to complete a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2002. I obtained my teaching license (PGCE) in Information Technology and Physical Education a year later.
I worked at Moulton College as a lecturer in sports science for a year before I moved to the United States and completed a Masters in Kinesiology at Midwestern State University in 2006. I completed my doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas two years later while I also served as a nutritional counselor for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Following my PhD I remained at the University of Arkansas for a year as a visiting assistant professor before moving to Henderson State University as an assistant professor in 2009. I also worked with the athletic department as a performance enhancement consultant. In 2012, I accepted a position at Oklahoma State University in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology in the Program of Health and Human Performance. Most recently, I accepted a position to start a new venture at Florida State University, where I am serving as the inaugural Director of FSU COACH: Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I teach and have taught a variety of classes in athletic coaching, physical education, and other kinesiology disciplines. In 2019, I was hired to start FSU COACH with a vision for the Center to be the leading university-affiliated resource for coaching education and research, and the mission to prepare and equip the next generation of athletic coaches and sports professionals with evidence-based education and research that maximizes coaching excellence.
My main research interests include:
- Coaching education and coach development
- Coach/athlete stress and burnout
- Ethics in coaching
- Modeling fitness/health in health and fitness professions
I am an avid sports fan and have coached and played a variety of sports at various levels. I played competitive racquetball for several years representing England and now assist the International Racquetball Federation.
I suffer through every year by supporting Tottenham Hotspur who seem to experience few highs and many lows. I can call the Hogs with the best of them (Woo Pig Sooie!), but also proudly support FSU's Seminoles.