Kinesiology professor runs for second term on national board
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Dr. David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University and strength and conditioning coach for the Louisiana Tech baseball team, is running for a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Szymanski has served on the NSCA Board since 2011, including a term as vice president from 2012 to 2013. He has also held seats on the NSCA Board’s Sponsorship Strategy Group, Executive Council for the Baseball Special Interest Group and served as Liaison to the Special Interest Groups for Baseball, Youth, Fellowship Committee, and Technology Department and the State/Provincial Director of Louisiana.
“I believe that my position as a NSCA Board director has given national attention to the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University,” said Szymanski. “We have had numerous out-of-state potential graduate students express interest in our Sports Performance academic program and this year we have had five potential graduate students visit Louisiana Tech.
“Furthermore, being a Board member allows me to know the most current information that will impact students professional careers, from job openings to certifications.”
As a world leader in the strength and conditioning field, Szymanski believes his leadership would help ensure the integrity of the NSCA and develop and implement a strategic plan that moves the NSCA into the future. Additionally, he would urge the NSCA to continue to encourage its members to get more involved with the association by presenting at and attending conferences, clinics, and seminars, as well as writing articles for the various journals.
Szymanski, who holds the Eva Cunningham Endowed Professorship in Education in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education, specializes in exercise physiology. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology fom Auburn University in 2004 and his research interests include baseball/softball bat swing and batted-ball velocity, baseball and throwing velocity, sports performance, and body composition.
Past academic and university honors for Szymanski include the University Senate Chair Award (2013), Virgil Orr Undergraduate Junior Faculty Award (2008) and the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2007, 2008.) He also served as president of Louisiana Tech’s University Senate for the 2011-2012 academic year.