|Present||Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Cedarville University ‐ Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2015 - 2018||Deputy Director, Physical Education Department, United States Naval Academy||2015 - 2018||Institutional Review Board Member, United States Naval Academy||2015 - 2018||Faculty, United States Sports Academy||2014 - 2018||Faculty, United States Naval Academy||2014||Faculty, St. Mary's College of Maryland||2012 - 2014||Director, Aviation Survival Training Center, Naval Air Station Patuxent River||2009 - 2012||Manager, Command Fitness Leader Program, Navy Physical Readiness Program Office||1996 - 1997||Faculty, University of Louisiana - Monroe||1994 - 1995||Faculty, Mary Immaculate Elementary School, Kirksville, MO (K-8 Physical Education)|
Honors and Awards
- Alumnus of the Year, United States Sports Academy - 2015
- Legion of Merit
- Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
- Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards)
- Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards)
- Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
|B.S., Truman State University|
|Ed.D., United States Sports Academy|
|M.Ed., University of Louisiana at Monroe|
Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health
A Practical Guide to Personal Conditioning Faculty Books (2018)
A Practical Guide to Personal Conditioning concisely and comprehensively connects the science of exercise with real-world application to sport and human performance, effectively providing readers with both the “why” and “how” behind effective exercise prescription ...
Refereed Journal Publications (8)
Evaluation of Possible Anthropometric Advantage in Sit-Up Test The Sport Journal (2019)
The U.S. Navy currently employs sit-ups as part of its semi-annual physical fitness in order to assess the abdominal muscular endurance of service-members. However, there is speculation that sit-up performance may be associated with anthropometric ...
Movement Competency Screen Predicts Performance in Female Military Academy Recruits The Sport Journal (2018)
Musculoskeletal injuries in military populations are a leading cause for reduced physical readiness (15). Utilizing a screening tool that predicts physical performance and injuries could help identify recruits who need remedial training or conditioning. The ...
Periodic Fitness Testing: Not Just for Athletes Anymore Strength and Conditioning Journal (2018)
Sports and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, and competitive athletes have long used periodic fitness testing as an effective training practice. This concept is rarely used, however, by the novice exerciser or general public. In addition, ...
The Navy Physical Fitness Test: A Proposed Revision to the Navy Physical Readiness Test Strength and Conditioning Journal (2015)
The Department of Defense mandates that each branch of the Armed Forces develop and use annual Physical Fitness Tests to assess the physical readiness of their service-members. In an attempt to improve test validity and ...
Modernizing the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test: Introducing the Navy General Fitness Test and Navy Operational Fitness Test The Sport Journal (2015)
The lessons learned from recent combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown operational commanders that the military fitness tests currently used by the different services are inadequate in terms of assessing the physical fitness ...
History of the U.S. Navy Body Composition Program Military Medicine (2015)
The Navy currently employs maximum weight-for-height tables and body fat prediction equations based on circumference measurements to assess body composition. However, many Sailors believe the current method fails to accurately predict body fat percentage. As ...
Proposed Performance Standards for the Plank for Inclusion Consideration Into the Navy's Physical Readiness Test Strength and Conditioning Journal (2013)
Since 1982, the U.S. Navy has used the curl-up as part of its semiannual physical readiness test (PRT) to assess core muscular endurance. Although no formal study has been conducted yet, there is speculation that ...
Possible New Modalities for the Navy Physical Readiness Test Military Medicine (2012)
The current U.S. Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) measures aerobic fitness and muscular endurance via a 1 1/2 mile run and curl-up/push-up tests, respectively. Nine new modalities were recommended to either replace or supplement the ...
Conference Presentations (5)
Supervised Student Research (3)
Comparing Performance Category Criteria for U.S. Navy Alternate Physical Readiness Tests Journal of Sports Injuries and Medicine (2017)
The current Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) allows for several alternative methods, in lieu of the 1.5-mile run, with which to assess aerobic fitness. Two of these methods (elliptical trainer and stationary bike) and two ...
Comparing Alternate Aerobic Tests for United States Navy Physical Readiness Test International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education (2017)
The current Navy Physical Readiness Test allows for several alternatives to test aerobic fitness. Two currently approved alternate aerobic devices (elliptical trainer and stationary bike) were tested for correlation to VO2max and measured 1.5-mile run ...
The Reliability and Predictive Ability of the Movement Competency Screen in a Military Population The Sport Journal (2016)
Purpose: Musculoskeletal injuries in the United States Armed Forces impacts operational readiness. Therefore, a reliable, valid screening tool that identifies injury risk and predicts performance is needed. The purpose of this study was to: (1) ...