David J. Szymanski, Ph.D., CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Eva Cunningham Endowed Professorship in Education
Power Lift Sport Science Educational Board Member
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University


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 one of the Power Lift Sport Science Educational Board Members.  One of his roles is to write evidence-based articles that relate to the strength and conditioning field (www.power-lift.com) He is a former member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Board of Directors having served two, three year terms (2011-14 and 2014-17), 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


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


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 

Mu Qiao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University 


Dr. Qiao is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology with research interests in biomechanics, movement science, and human motor control. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the kinesiology program at the Arizona State University in 2012. During his Ph.D., he studied the control of human walking and running during unsteady state. His research is to understand the mechanism of reducing injury in daily activities and improving sports performance. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2012-2014), Penn State University (2014-2016), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016-2018). He has been serving as reviewers for Journal of Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, and Journal of Clinical Biomechanics, etc.

Graduate Classes Taught
  • KINE 520: Motor Development & Learning 
  • KINE 532: Lab Techniques in Sport Performance 
  • KINE 534: Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills 
  • KINE 542: Mechanisms of Sports Injury & Rehab 
Research Interests
  • The visual-motor control of human locomotion 
  • Control of human walking and running during unsteady state 
  • Modeling and simulation in biomechanics 
  • Human motor control

Mr. Vishesh Singh PT, MS, ACSM (CEP)
Instructor, Director of Human Performance Laboratories
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University


Mr. Vishesh Singh is an instructor in department of kinesiology and Director of Human Performance lab (2016- present). He has two Bachelor Degrees. One in Physical therapy (India) and other one is Bachelor of Science (Botany and Chemistry). He has done his Masters in Kinesiology with concentration in Sport Performance. As a part of his Masters degree, he did his internship as Strength and condition intern with Louisiana Tech football team. Before He came to Louisiana Tech University, he had worked as a physical therapist for a year in India.

Classes Taught 
  • KINE 292: Preventive health and wellness 
  • KINE 408: Exercise Physiology 
  • KINE 326: Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology 
Research Interest
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement.
  • Sport Performance 

Faculty For Sport Pedagogy Laboratory

YuChun “Jean” Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Louisiana Tech University
Email: ychen@latech.edu 


Dr. Chen earned her B.Ed. in Physical Education at National Taiwan Normal University, M.A. in Sport Management at California State University Long Beach, and Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy at The University of Alabama. For her doctoral dissertation, she investigated gender performance from the hegemonic masculinity perspective in Sport Education seasons. She also collected data to examine sexual identities among heterosexual female teacher candidates and how gender issues impacted their decisions to become physical education teachers upon graduation. Dr. Chen has been teaching health and physical education methods courses as well as activity-based lecture classes since 2009. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Chen has been involved with local schools and community organizations promoting healthy, active life style of children, youth and adolescents. In her spare time, Dr. Chen enjoys long-distance running, road cycling, and mountain biking.

Classes Taught:
  • KINE 202: Foundations of Kinesiology
  • KINE 255: Individual Sports and Physical Activities
  • KINE 256: Aerobic Conditioning, Strength Conditioning, and Aquatics 
  • KINE 265: Team Sports and Group Activities 
  • KINE 402: Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education
  • KINE 440: Materials and Methods in Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools 
  • KINE 457: Materials and Methods in Teaching Middle and Secondary School Health and Physical Education 
  • KINE 518: Recent Literature and Research in Kinesiology 
  • KINE 548: Administration of Sport and Exercise 
  • KINE 549: Facility, Event & Human Resource Management 

Research Interests:
  • Teaching and learning in health and physical education 
  • Measurement and evaluation in health and physical education 
  • Curriculum models in physical education