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Sunday, 13 November 2011

ETSU sport physiology & performance PhD students (2011)

Last year I did two posts introducing the first ever PhD students in our program to give them some press and also help prospective students see the type of people currently studying here. This year I am reposting a blog from Mark Chiang.
These guys didn't take long to get their feet wet both academically and in their work with the teams and athletes that we support at East Tennessee State University. Great to have you all!

Ryan Alexander MS, CSCS
Raised in East Tennessee, returning home to pursue my PhD in Sport Physiology and Sport Performance. I attended Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and my Master’s Degree in Movement Sciences with a specialization in Exercise Science. While at Barry University I competed for four years in collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division II level. I am currently working with the women’s soccer program at East Tennessee State University with colleague Chris MacDonald. My interests for research include, testing and monitoring for sport specific variables that may attribute to the early detection of fatigue accumulation and/or overtraining.


Chris Bailey, M.Ed, CSCS
I am originally from Marietta, Georgia and I received my undergraduate degree in exercise science from Georgia College and State University (2006) in Milledgeville, Georgia. After graduating I worked at a private sports performance training facility for a year before going back to GCSU for a master’s degree in kinesiology/human performance. After completing my master’s degree (2009) I began working with the San Diego Padres as one of their minor league strength and conditioning coaches. I spent my first season with the Padres short season single A affiliate the Eugene Emeralds in Oregon. My second and final season with the Padres was spent in Texas with their AA affiliate the San Antonio Missions. I am currently pursuing the sports physiology track of the PhD program at ETSU. My research interests include: asymmetrical force production and its effects on sports performance,optimization of rate of force development, and the kinetics and kinematics of striking performance for combat sports.


Mark Chiang, M.P.E CSCS, ACSM-HFS
Hello- my name is Mark Chiang , I come from Taiwan, first year PhD student in sport performance concentration. I received my master’s degree from National Taiwan Sport University (exercise physiology major, minor in athletic training). My experiences in sport include working in the Taiwan national training center (sport science division) and coaching (as Strength and conditioning coach) of collegiate and national team.
The reason for studying abroad is because the unique opportunity to study under renowned sport scientist Dr. Stone and acquire practical training experiences. After years of searching, I know this is the best Sport Science PhD program in US. My research interests focus on Periodization training for team sports, especially maximized strength and power training and its transfer effects for agility performance. I’m so excited to work with great colleagues at ETSU.



James Hoffmann MS,CSCS,CPT
I was born and raised in Chicago IL. Before starting the PhD program here at ETSU I received both my B.S. in Biochemistry and my M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My favorite sport is Rugby, which I have been playing for several years.
I came to ETSU because I had grown tired of personal training and the more clinical aspects of exercise physiology. I really wanted to work with athletes in a hands on setting where I continue to learn about coaching and strength and conditioning. I really enjoy working with athletes of all ages and in the future I hope to teach sport science to students and work with Rugby players as the sport grows in popularity in the US.
My primary interests are high intensity interval training techniques for sport, specifically for sports involving repeated pushing/drving movements. Currently I am involved with Men’s Tennis, Men’s Golf, and High School Weightlifting and boys and girls Basketball

Keith Leiting MA, ATC
I grew up in Lemont, Illinois. I enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately after high school. After my service I enrolled at Western Illinois University in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. I pursued my master’s degree at East Tennessee State University in sport and exercise science. Meanwhile, I was the athletic trainer for the ETSU women’s soccer team, gaining experience in sports medicine. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in sport science. I work with the ETSU Army ROTC unit in pursuit of increasing soldier preparedness for combat operations. I hope to continue with this line of research and assist the armed forces in their physical preparation for combat.

Tim McInnis MS, CSCS, USA Weightlifting Senior Club Coach
I hail from the great state of Louisiana where exercise and health are staples of life…well I’m from Louisiana anyway. I completed my undergraduate in 2004 with a degree in exercise science from Louisiana State University Shreveport. I then went to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC for my masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning (finished in 2006). After personal training for a year I took a job as the Health and Physical Education Facilities Coordinator at LSU Shreveport. During this time I was also a volunteer assistant coach for the USA Weightlifting High Performance and Development Center at LSU Shreveport. From 2009-2011 I served as the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics chair for weightlifting. I currently coach the ETSU Stoneage weightlifting team. After I finish my Phd, my goal is to coach weightlifting and possibly teach in a university setting.

Jacob Reed MS, CSCS
Native to Muscatine, Iowa, I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009. During my enrolment at UNI I played rugby and started fostering my passion for research. After completing my degree, I enrolled at the University of Memphis to pursue a Master’s degree in Health and Sport Science where my research focus was on concurrent training.Following Memphis, I moved to Johnson City where I am currently pursuing my PhD in Sport Performance. As a PhD I am interested in not only optimizing sport performance in elite athletes but also developing a method which could allow us to qualitatively assess the effectiveness of our Sport Performance Enhancement Consortium.


Zhanxin sha MS
My name is zhanxin sha. I am from China. It is my first year study at ETSU as PhD student. I got bachelor degree of exercise science in Liaoning Normal University. In 2007, I came to U.S pursing master degree through an exchange program between Liaoning Normal University and Emporia State University. Basketball and track& field are my favorite sports. To improve athletes performance and prevent them from injuries (biomechanical and physiological) are my interest.


Thanks to Mark for letting me post the bios. Below are links to last year's class.

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