Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Jay Dawes

An Outstanding Islander

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The Perfect Fit

Dr. Jay Dawes was determined to “get fit” after he was the chubby kid cut from the junior high baseball team. He was devastated, but rather than dwell in defeat, he read up on nutrition, fitness and strength conditioning. Years later, the experience shaped Dawes, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, into a health fitness and human performance expert.

“The transformation I made when I was 13 had a profound impact on me,” said Dawes, who has written many articles and publications for the strength and conditioning professional. “I’ve been fortunate to see many places around the world I never dreamed of traveling to, and have had the opportunity to also work and learn with some of the best in my profession.”

Dawes has worked as a strength coach, personal trainer, educator and post-rehabilitation specialist for nearly 15 years. Over the last year, Dawes has been invited to present more than 30 times at professional conferences and workshops for fitness professionals, physical therapists, coaches and athletes across the nation and Puerto Rico; China; Norway; and Australia. Recently, he was hired as the strength and conditioning consultant for the Corpus Christi Police Academy.

Prior to joining the Island University in fall 2010, he was the director of education for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in Colorado Spring, Colo., and founder/president of the 180 Center for Health and Performance in Oklahoma City, Okla. On campus, he teaches courses in Foundations of Kinesiology, Physiological Aspects of Kinesiology, Legal Issues in Sport and Nutrition for Human Performance.

“Especially in South Texas, one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to exercise when the environment isn’t conducive,” he said. “Heat and humidity play a factor in how and whether or not we take part in physical activity. Staying well hydrated is such an important consideration and if you wait until you are thirsty, it is too late!”

Dawes is an associate editor for the Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning. In 2009, he became a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and published his book “Developing Agility and Quickness” in 2010. Currently, he is writing a four-book series for Coaches Choice Inc. related to topics on strength and conditioning and fitness.
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