Current Graduate Assistants

Paige Attaway

I am a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Kinesiology (Sport Administration track). I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Mississippi in May of 2017. While getting my undergraduate degree, I was involved in athletics as an ambassador for the Ole Miss baseball program, otherwise known as a Diamond Girl. I also helped raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network through numerous philanthropy events hosted by my sorority. I am currently a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology Department here at Louisiana Tech. My hobbies include traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with family. After graduating, I plan to further my schooling and receive a PHD in Clinical Psychology. My goal is to eventually become a collegiate Sport Psychologist, with hopes of one day moving up to the professional level.

Alexa Gracia

Alexa earned her Bachelor's in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She is a former volleyball player who sustained an injury before entering college. After her volleyball career ended, she coached for a number of years. While coaching, she decided to dedicate her career path towards strength and conditioning with a specialization in baseball because of her long existing love for the game, and insatiable drive to enhance the performance of its athletes. In that capacity, she has worked with Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University baseball programs, as well as headed up the Collegiate Baseball League of the Palm Beaches. Additionally, Alexa has been a strength coach at Cressey Sports Performance, a "mecca" for professional baseball players in the offseason. Alexa currently teaches Weight Training and Running/Jogging, and works with the LaTech baseball team while pursuing her Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Performance. She hopes to one day have a career in professional or collegiate baseball strength and conditioning.

Dakota Hill

Mr. Dakota Hill is a Fall 2016 LA Tech graduate with Bachelors degree in health and physical education. He has also received several awards:Louisiana Tech Kinesiology Outstanding Student Award 2016, Louisiana Tech LAHPERD Outstanding Student Award 2016, LAHPERD Outstanding Future Professional Award 2016/2017, Louisiana Tech Outstanding Graduate Performance Award 2017


Ms. Kourtney Jones

Ms. Kourtney Jones is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology (Sports Performance). She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Spring Hill College in May of 2017. While at Spring Hill College she received several academic and athletic awards:

Honorable Mention for Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2016

Commissioner’s All-Academic Team for Track & Field, 2016 & 2017

Varsity Letter Award for Track & Field, 2016 & 2017

·All-South Region Honors: 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoors Track & Field, 2015

She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University. Also, Kourtney is a summer league Track/Field assistant coach for Mobile Parks and Recreation coaching the hurdles, triple jump, and sprints. Her hobbies include weightlifting, training for track and field meets, and spending time with friends/family. After graduating Kourtney plans to attend professional school in Sports Performance and conduct research on enhancing performance in Track & Field.

Mr. Travis Self

Mr. Travis Self is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology in the Sports Performance concentration. He received his undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a concentration in Human Performance from the University of Central Florida in the Summer of 2017. He is presently a Graduate Assistant in the kinesiology department, and teaches weight training and aerobic conditioning. He holds the CSCS certification through the NSCA, and a USAW level 1 certification through USA Weightlifting. After graduating, he would like to go on to pursue a PhD in Sports Performance.

Alexandra Ziepke

Alex is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology in the Sports Performance concentration. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Alex is a competitive powerlifter of 10 years, a national powerlifting referee, a 200-hour Registered Teacher, and a Certified Aerial Yoga Teacher. Alex’s specialty is working with geriatrics and disabilities and plans to continue working with these populations throughout her career. In her free time, Alex is a circus performer and aerialist.