• I grew up in Dayton, Texas, which is near Houston. After playing football in junior high, high school, and college, I developed a passion for fitness and health. Following this interest led me to Eastern Illinois University, where I served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach while earning my master’s degree in Sport Administration. Upon completing my studies there, I moved away from coaching and toward my doctorate. I studied Physical Culture and Sport Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with a research concentration on the intersection of business – specifically marketing and branding – and physical culture from a historical perspective.

    • Ph.D. in Physical Culture and Sport Studies, The University of Texas at Austin 
    • M.S. in Sports Administration, Eastern Illinois University 
    • B.S. in Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University 
    • Physical culture history
    • Sport branding
    • Sport marketing
    • Sport entrepreneurship
    • Sport Management 
    • Sport History 
    • Sport Sociology 
    • The University of Texas College of Education Continuing Fellowship, 2013-2014
    • North American Society for Sport History Graduate Student Essay Contest Winner, 2012
    • The University of Texas William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship, 2011-2012
    • Eastern Illinois University Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars Award, 2011