CGC Grad ’10
I graduated from The Citadel in 2010 with a Masters in Health Exercise and Sport Science (HESS). I spent 10 years working as a Navy Fitness professional, both in the U.S. and overseas. I recently returned from the Kingdom of Bahrain, where I served as "Fit Boss" at a remote site and as a Fitness Director at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain, preparing health, fitness and nutritional programming for five military services and family members. Presently, I am working as adjunct faculty in the HESS department teaching health, fitness and aquatics courses while concurrently finishing my doctorate in public health. My area of interest is in reducing drowning rates among adult African Americans through the use of swimming-education programs. My hobby is marathon swimming, and I am in training to swim 13 miles across the Straits of Gibraltar in October of this year.
What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
My favorite memory from The Citadel is based on the professional, knowledgeable and dedicated professors in the Health Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department. For example, Dr. Davakos spent time apart from class assisting me in writing a grant, the purpose of which was to assist the underserved African American community with drowning prevention strategies, one of which is learning how to swim.
Dr. Bogle spent countless hours apart from class as my Thesis Advisor. It was during these many months of hard work and endless hours of patience and dedication on Dr. Bogle’s part that I was able to complete my Thesis.
What is most heartwarming about The Citadel is that both of Dr. Davakos and Dr. Bogle stayed in touch through the years and provided wise counsel and guidance as I work through my Doctorate in Public Health. Dr. Bogle even accompanied me to present our findings at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Convention in Dallas, TX in March, 2015. Both of these gentlemen not only are extremely knowledgeable in their subject areas, they also possess an enthusiasm for learning and a desire to see students succeed that goes well above and beyond the call of duty.
What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
The graduate degree in Health Exercise and Sport Science opened doors in the military fitness world, allowing me to not only serve the military community at Joint Base Charleston, but also to support forward-deployed military personnel serving in the Persian Gulf; a real-world mission.
Additionally, I used the information learned in exercise science and nutrition to successfully complete several marathon swims; the longest of which was the Swim across Long Island Sound in 2009. This swim was 17 miles from Port Jefferson, New York to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 67 degree water, took over nine hours to complete, and was accomplished without a wetsuit. This October, in honor of my 60th birthday, I plan to go to Spain to swim 13 miles from Spain to Morocco across the Straits of Gibraltar. I could not have succeeded in this sport without the knowledge in exercise science and nutrition learned at The Citadel.