Other Things

I get to talk about some things that are involved in the PhD life and my work/life balance . . . some who have read the page will probably tell you that it gives you some insight into how I approach life.

I’m continually surprised to find that students really enjoy that this page is available.

So — Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

My Personal Mission Statement

My mission is to balance the goals of my personal and professional life while continually gaining new knowledge. This effort to balance my goals should not dilute the quality of my goals, but should enhance the quality of life for my family, co-workers, friends, and students.

My Kids and Family

I enjoy my work, but I work so that I can have a quality life with my family.  I’ve been happily married to my wife Denise since 1993.  We have two sons Jared and Tristan.  I can’t help but bring stories of my family into the classroom.

My Consulting

As a university faculty member, I have the opportunity to consult with local, national and international organizations.  These opportunities allow me the chance to assist organizations, update my consulting experiences, observe models of practice, collect research data, and develop new theories.

Hobbies – Mind/Body Balance


I started Jujitsu training in April 2022 after completing my last Ironman.  I have the pleasure of studying at Eclipse BJJ and Grappling Academy under the direction of Anthony Cronce and Joao Matheus.  A long journey and starting my 32nd year of study martial arts. IMG_0358


I started my road to triathlon in 2016 by joining a local Endurance Racing Club (KMF). This is now my 20 hour a week habit.  I’ve had the opportunity to complete three full ironman races (Ironman Arizona 2017, Ironman Florida 2018, IronmanTexas 2022) and a multitude of other distances.

Additionally, I continue to serve as the faculty advisor for the UNT Triathlon Club.



Ultra running

In 2018, I’m began an exploration of  Ultra distance racing.  This started as a way to improve my running ability and has grown to an essential part of my life balance.

In December of 2019, I finished my first 100 mile ultramarathon…more challenges to come.


Retired, but had fun during the six years that it lasted (40 – 46).  I miss my sport but had to leave competition left due to irreconcilable shoulder injuries.  Joe Jimenez coached me as a time four national runner-ups in the USA Boxing Ringside National tournaments (@178#).



East Texas Golden Gloves Knock out



USA Boxing Coach



Me and my mentor (Coach Joe Jimenez)


Martial Arts

I am honored to hold a 5th degree black belt in Archipelago Combatives under Guro W. Hock Hochheim.  I also held the title of Vice-President of the Scientific Fighting Congress Archipelago Combative system. (USA, Philippines)screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-2-42-27-pm

I am honored to hold a 5th degree black belt in Scientific Fighting Congress Hand-to-Hand Combative system.

I hold a 2nd degree black belt in Kombatan (formerly Arnis De Mano).  Grandmaster Ernesto Presas thru W. Hock Hochheim (Philippines)

I hold a 2nd degree black belt in Modern Arnis. Grandmaster Remy Presas (deceased) thru W. Hock Hochheim (Philippines)

I also hold a 1st degree black belt in Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu. Professor Joe Lansdale (USA, Japan).

I hold a masters ranking in the Knife/Counter Knife system. W. Hock Hochheim (USA). Additionally, I hold a master ranking in the SDMS Combatives system.  This is a single-handed and double-handed tactical impact weapon system. W. Hock Hochheim (USA) 

I hold a 3rd degree brown belt in Tomiki style Aikido. Sensei Jack Bieler. (USA, Japan)

I hold a white belt in Brazilian Jujitsu under Coach Anthony Cronce. (USA, Brazil)


1997 with Eric Grajo

Photography (Too little)