Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Randy Bonnette

An Outstanding Islander

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University All-Star
Dr. Randy Bonnette’s lifelong love of sports shows in everything he does. The Island University’s Chair of the Department of Kinesiology is an avid sports photographer in his free time who also volunteers at Flour Bluff High School where he videotapes football, baseball and track athletes to biomechanically analyze their sports performance. His involvement in sports began as a young boy where he quickly learned he could continue to play sports if he performed well in school. Years later Bonnette became a coach following the footsteps of his father, a former LSU basketball coach. Bonnette sets high expectations for his department and students, and believes the team that he has assembled and developed over the last decade is his greatest accomplishment. Before joining the University, Bonnette taught at other universities, and in the Louisiana public school system, where he also coached. He was a key contributor to the completion of Island Hall, which opens this summer and includes a sports performance testing center. In 2007, he orchestrated the approval of the master’s degree in kinesiology. The following year, he led the process that resulted in national accreditation of the Athletic Training Program by CAATE. Bonnette, who serves as the University’s NYSP administrator, received the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence recognizing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) as the nation’s best program in 2004.  A few career highlights for Bonnette are his scholarly work with Dr. Frank Spaniol researching Major League Baseball players, and starting a collaborative effort with him in 2010 with United States Tennis Association, all of which has help establish a national and international research presence for the University’s Department of Kinesiology.

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