Current Graduate Assistants

Jaycie Chen

Jaycie is a graduate student pursing a Master of Business Administration in Business. She came from the other side of the world, Taiwan, to the United States in 2015 for education with a full-ride scholarship in playing collegiate tennis. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing at Louisiana Tech University in the Winter of 2019. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, playing board games, and being outdoor. After graduating, she hopes to become a Marketing Analyst for an international company.

Devin Cloud

Devin is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology in the Sports Performance concentration. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Community Health with a focus in Strength and Conditioning at Louisiana State University Shreveport. Devin is a competitive weightlifter of 7 years. He is a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) from the NSCA. Devin looks to continue working with athletes of all backgrounds and demographics throughout his time at Louisiana Tech. In his free time Devin likes movies, video games, rec sports.

Alexa Garcia

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 is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She currently teaches a variety of undergraduate activities classes, and works with the LaTech baseball team as Director of Player Performance 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.

Taylor Jackson

Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a Christian and is actively involved in church, serving the community, and loving people. She grew up playing baseball and feels most at home on a baseball field. Taylor also enjoys weightlifting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and rock climbing. Previously, she interned in the weight room with the University of Alabama baseball, softball, women’s golf, cheer, and dance teams. Currently, Taylor is working with the LaTech baseball team and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Performance.

Ryan Lis

Ryan earned his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Ryan played baseball in high school and suffered an injury. This injury sparked an interest to find a way to get back onto the field and restore previous level of performance. Ryan has interned at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA as a sports performance intern. He has also interned in Port St. Lucie, FL at Barwis Methods, who is an advisor for sports performance for the New York Mets, Detroit Red Wings, and formerly for the Miami Dolphins. Recently, Ryan interned at Elon University in Elon, NC. Ryan has his CSCS certification through the NSCA. He currently teaches Running/Jogging and Weight Training. He is pursuing his Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports performance. Ryan plans to pursue his Ph.D. after graduation with the goal of becoming a researcher/sport scientist, focusing on physiology.

Alexandra Ziepke

Alex is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in the Sports Performance concentration. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree 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.