Originally from the Portland, Oregon, area, I grew up with a great appreciation for recreation and the outdoors. In high school, I began my running career, which brought me to Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, California. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, I competed for the PLNU Sea Lions in both cross country and track & field. I found success in long distance running, finishing as an All-American in the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in 2008, and in the 10,000 meters in the NAIA National Track & Field Championships in 2009.
I graduated from PLNU in May of 2009 and immediately began work in journalism for San Diego New Room (SDNR), where I covered politics, government, environmental issues, business, and athletics--including an extended interview Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi.
During my time at SDNR, I found myself increasingly interested in athletics and athletic administration, and began my journey to pursue a career in this field. I served as the athletic director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam in Lebanon, Oregon, before beginning graduate work at Hardin-Simmons University at Abilene, Texas. While pursuing my Master of Education degree in Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation, I serve as a graduate assistant coach for HSU's cross country and track & field programs. I've assisted in all aspects of the programs, including recruiting, meet management, training program creation and implementation, and coordinating travel and meals for meets and events.
My goal is to continue my career in athletics, serving in athletic administration, coaching, or recreation. I currently live in Abilene, Texas, with my wife, Katie.