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Career Advancement
The Coaching Academy is developing relationships with the University Career Center, Texas A&M Department of Athletics, the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, and others in the hope of coordinating opportunities related to employment for students, past and present, who are interested in coaching. To further facilitate job options, Coaching Academy Director Dr. John Thornton has an open door policy for students, student-athletes, and former student-athletes who have decided that a coaching career is their career goal. Other ways the Academy facilitates career advancement and job placement for students are by hosting seminar speakers in Dr. Thornton’s classes, providing continuing interaction with the internal advisory council, and including Texas A&M University students when hosting campus visits by youth and high school organizations interested in a coaching career. Further, the Coaching Academy is developing sports-related volunteer and mentorship opportunities for students through the Deerfoot Youth Camp, which visited Texas A&M University on June 12, 2014.

For more information about various opportunities available for career advancement check out the links below:


 Former TAMU Football Student-Athlete, Kirby Ennis volunteering at campus visit
 Mr. Tommy Thomas speaking at
Dr. Thornton's KINE 489 class
 Mr. TJ Marcum speaking at Dr. Thornton's KINE 489 class

 “This is what we need in Texas!!! We are in need of coaches who come to the profession 1) considering coaching a profession and 2) understanding the monumental responsibilities that comes with coaching someone's child. I am excited about the potential, especially the ongoing training for coaches. It ties into something I am working for the district and personally.

I am working on a project for my CMAA (Certified Master Athletic Administrator) through the athletic administrator's national organization, NIAAA. My project will be about our coaches' professional development needs from the coaches and administrators' perspective.”

-Ms. Lisa Langston, PhD, Assistant Director of Athletics, Fort Worth ISD