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The coaching academy aims to assist students and student-athletes who are interested in the various opportunities related to the coaching profession and youth development. Our certificate program is designed to help students gain coaching experience while supporting them through the student coaching experience.

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Contact Information

Physical Address:
West Campus Performance Center
447 Tom Chandler Drive – 4259 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4243

Mailing Address:
Texas A&M Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy
4259 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843

Phone: 979-845-3997

Email: coachingacademy@tamu.edu

Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F

Our Coaching Staff

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Dr. John Thornton

Director – Texas A&M Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy

Dr. Thornton brings a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach, and athletic administrator to the position. In 2015, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Honor.

Read more on John Thornton’s background

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Dr. Mike Thornton

Assistant Director – Texas A&M Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy

Dr. Mike Thornton is a Clinical Assistant Professor and executive director of the Deerfoot Youth Camp and Read Youth Charities. He also serves as a Division 1 Men’s Basketball official.

Read more on Mike Thornton’s background

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Rashard Thurston

Director of Program Development

Rashard Thurston brings a wealth of experience as an educator, coach, and administrator. He has over 15 years of coaching experience. He also serves as the advisor to the Student Coaching Association.

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Robert “Nate” Young

Veterans Coaching Program Coordinator

After having served over 20 years as a Special Forces Soldier, Nate Young began pursuing a career as a strength & conditioning coach. He is now attending Texas A&M University for a Master’s in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sports Physiology, and is spearheading the Veterans Coaching Program at the Texas A&M Coaching Academy.

Read more on Nate Young’s background

 
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Parker Clay

Social Media Officer, Texas A&M Student Coaches Association

Parker is a kinesiology major from Gonzales, TX and is a captain on the Texas A&M Track and Field team. She is an officer for the Texas A&M Student Coaches Association and joined the Coaching Academy during the Summer of 2021

Read more on Parker Clay’s background

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Lauryn Hawkins

Executive Producer, Huffines Institute

Lauryn is a kinesiology major from San Antonio, TX. She has been with the Huffines Institute since the Fall of 2019, and joined the Coaching Academy during the Spring of 2021.

Our Coaching Partners

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Monty Gibson

Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

Monty Gibson is entering his 4th season in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, following over 25 years of coaching for Texas A&M University, Fort Stockton, & Bryan ISD in Texas.

Read More on Coach Monty Gibson’s background

 
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Marlene Dixon

Coach and Professor

Marlene Dixon’s research focuses on relationships between sport and life quality. Her work endeavors to identify how sport can be designed, managed, and marketed to promote and enhance the life quality of individuals, families, and communities.

 
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Ryan Pittsinger

Counseling and Sport Psychology Coach

Ryan Pittsinger, PhD joined the Athletics Department in 2016 and serves as Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology Services. He serves the needs of all student-athletes by honoring the unique demands and experiences they are often faced with and striving to offer support in meaningful ways that is tailored to each student-athlete’s specific needs.

 
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Jon Heidtke

Sponsorship Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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Jim Guinn

Conflict Resolution Coach

Dr. Guinn is the CEO of RRG Consulting. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and his Masters in Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University in four years.

 
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Jessica Beard

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Beard has been participating in the World Championships in Athletics, winning gold in her relay team. She was inducted into the 2017 Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame.