ATHLETIC ACADEMIC SERVICES STAFF BIOS
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services
Felicia Martin was named Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services at Texas Tech University in November 2008. In this position, Felicia is responsible for the administration of the academic and student services programs for approximately 400+ Texas Tech student-athletes.
Felicia originally joined the Texas Tech athletic staff June 1999 as a counseling specialist for the tutorial and mentor program. She served as the Coordinator of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program from 2000 to 2003. Felicia returned to Texas Tech after five years as the Assistant Executive Director at Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association.
While at Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association, Felicia was involved in virtually every aspect of Association activities and was responsible for working directly with all Division 1A athletics departments. She assisted with programming and events for athletic administrators' leadership development and played a key role in life skills programs and education for student-athletes (1A CHAMPS Program). She was the primary administrator for the 1A CHAMPS Program of Excellence which included campus assessments and the application process. She was the Association's liaison to various organizations and affiliate groups.
Felicia earned a Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University.
Felicia can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Academic Services / Football
Rodney Lackey joined the Texas Tech Athletic Academic Services staff as the Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services in July 2008. In this position Rodney is responsible for assisting Felicia Martin in overseeing the Athletic Academic Service program and being the lead advisor for football.
Rodney is originally from Detroit, MI and attended Central Michigan University where he was an All-Conference sprinter and team captain. While a member of the track team, he was awarded Outstanding Minority Male Athlete of the Year and the Bill Boyden Leadership Award, which is the highest award a student-athlete can receive. It recognizes a student-athlete in their final year of eligibility that is in good academic standing and whose record best combines participation in a varsity intercollegiate sport with leadership ability in campus affairs and activities. Rodney earned his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling from Central Michigan.
Rodney has been in the profession of Athletic Academic Services for over 15 years working at Central Michigan University, North Carolina State University, University of Richmond, and most recently at Texas A&M University.
Rodney has a son named Jonathan, and his wife, Taryn, works in the Registrar's Office at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Rodney can be reached at: email@example.com.
Assistant Director for Athletic Academic Services / Men's and Women's Basketball
L.A. Love joined the Texas Tech Academic Services staff in August 2011 as the Assistant Director of Academic Services and the Athletic Academic Advisor for both Men's & Women's Basketball.
L.A.'s previous experience includes stops at the University of Arkansas where he served as the Academic Coordinator for the Men's & Women's Track & Field and Cross Country teams, as well as the Men's Golf team from 2008 to 2011. Prior to Arkansas L.A. served as an assistant in the Center for Student Athletic Services at Texas A&M University from 2007 to 2008. While with the Aggies, L.A. assisted with academic services for football and was the advisor for the men's swimming and diving team, handling initial NCAA eligibility projections, monitoring continuing eligibility; as we as coordinating and teaching the Champs Life Skills course for all student-athletes. L.A. was the player services associate with IMG now Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Football Division. In his role at CAA, L.A. coordinated and directed the day to day operations and requests for over 80 NFL clients; as well as, also administering event arrangements for clients while assisting with marketing and recruiting.
L.A. was an outstanding student and role model receiving numerous awards. As a football student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts, L.A.'s life story of outstanding achievement and perseverance was featured nationally on Fox Sports Networks across America. L.A. earned his Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Economics, Masters Degree in Sports Management, and Professional Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management. L.A. is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Arkansas.
A native of Bryan, Texas, he is married to the former Tiffany Cunningham and has three daughters: Jasmine, Anessyah, and Oliviyah.
L.A. can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Counselor for Soccer, Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, Volleyball
Michelle Brigham has been a counselor with Texas Tech's Athletic Academic Services office since 2001. Her primary responsibility is supporting the academic achievement and degree progress of student-athletes.
Michelle advises students on major and career opportunities, oversees their academic progress for initial and continuing eligibility, and works closely with university faculty and departmental offices.
Previous experience includes 3 years as an advisor and 2 years as Director of Undergraduate Student Services for the University of Colorado-Boulder, College of Business, and 4 years as Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for Oklahoma City University. She earned her BSB in Accounting and an MLA with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Communication from OCU.
Michelle can be reached at: email@example.com.
Academic Counselor for Cross Country and Track & Field
After obtaining her teaching diploma that focused on secondary education and mathematics from Micro the Teachers College in Kingston Jamaica, Suzanne Dickenson went to Abilene Christian University on a track scholarship where she had a very successful All-American career. In 1999 Dickenson finished up her B.S degree in 1999 and her master's in 2001. Her honors on the track ranged from being named on the Junior Pan American and Junior Carifta Teams after winning the Jamaican Junior Championships in the 100m hurdles. She was also a four-time runner up at the NCAA DII Championships in the 100m hurdles and a five-time all american from 1998 to 1999.
In 1999 Suzanne became the student assistant to the compliance coordinator, graduate assistant for the 2000-01 school year before being promoted to full-time assistant coach and UIL regional director from 2001-2006. In 2006 Dickenson was promoted to Director of Athletic Academic Services in order to create a new Athletic Academic Program. In 2008 Dickenson came to Texas Tech University to become the Senior Counselor for Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country.
Suzanne can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator of Academic Records / Office Manager
Denise Hood joined the Athletic Academic Services staff in August 2003. Her primary obligation is to coordinate the Associate Director, eight academic counselors, two learning specialists, three graduate assistants and ten student assistants. She is also responsible for assisting student-athletes with textbook issues, study table monitoring, grade reports, the Academic Hall of Honor awards and departmental budget issues.
Denise has been an employee of the University for 23 years. She previously worked in the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute in the College of Human Sciences. She and her husband, Dennis, have two daughters, Ashlee and Amberlee, who both graduated from Texas Tech.
Denise can be reached at: email@example.com.
Andree' Houston joined the Texas Tech Athletic Academic Services staff as Tutorial Coordinator in November 2011. In this position Andree' helps to provide comprehensive academic support through tutorial services.
Andree' earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama while competing as a student-athlete. Andree' also received her Master's degree in Health Studies as a graduate assistant for the Center for Athlete Student Services at from the University of Alabama. Andree' went on to coach collegiate gymnastics at Southeast Missouri State University in 2004 before returning to the University of Alabama in 2008 to serve as Compliance Coordinator for the Athletic Department.
Andree' is married to Victor Houston and they have one son, Nathaniel. She is also a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
Andree can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility Specialist / Academic Counselor for Baseball
Matthew Jordan joined the office of Athletic Academic Services in September 2005. His primary responsibility is to ensure satisfactory progress towards degree and initial and continuing eligibility for all sports. He also serves as the academic counselor for the baseball program.
Prior to joining the athletic department, Matthew worked as an academic advisor for the College of Mass Communications. Matthew earned his undergraduate degree from Big 12 rival, Baylor University, in 1988 with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing. He earned a master's degree in Physical Education from Texas Tech in 1993.
Matthew can be reached at: email@example.com.
Lyndee Kiesling joined the Marsha Sharp staff in August 2011 as a Learning Specialist. Her primary responsibilities include assessing the academic needs of student-athletes, developing learning plans and providing individualized academic guidance for these students. She also manages the Learning Assistance Program Internship within the department.
Lyndee was raised in Eden, Texas. She received her B.S. in Human Development from Texas Tech University, worked for various social work/non-profit organizations, and then attended Baylor University, where she earned her M.S. in Education. During her time at Baylor, Lyndee was an Academic Mentor at the Academic Success Center.
Lyndee can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Initial Eligibility
Lisa Koch joined the Texas Tech Athletic Academic Services staff in October 2011. In this position Lisa is responsible for working with all 17 sports and the appropriate athletic academic advisor(s) to verify that prospective student-athletes are on track to meet NCAA initial-eligibility and transfer requirements along with Big 12 requirements.
Lisa comes to Texas Tech University from Auburn University where she worked as the Director of Initial Eligibility for two years. Prior to working at Auburn, Lisa worked at the NCAA national office and at the NCAA Eligibility Center for approximately six years combined.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management with minors in Marketing and Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Purdue University.
Lisa can be reached at: email@example.com.
Director of Student-Athlete Affairs / Academic Counselor for Men's and Women's Golf
Justin Paysinger joined the Texas Tech Athletic Academic staff in October 2009 and serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Affairs. Through the Red Raider Life Skills program, Justin is responsible for providing Texas Tech student-athletes with quality resources that will help them attain personal, professional, academic, and athletic success during their collegiate careers. These programs and events will help to establish the necessary life skills Texas Tech student-athletes will need for life after college.
Justin also serves as the Athletic Academic Advisor for both the Men's and Women's Golf teams. He is dedicated to providing his golfers the necessary support needed to earn a college degree and experience academic success.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended San Jose State University where he earned his M.A. in Sport Management and his B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. While attending graduate school, Justin took on the role of CHAMPS/Life Skills Graduate Assistant. As center on the SJSU football team, Justin was a four-year starter for the Spartans.
Justin can be reached at: Justin.Paysinger@ttu.edu.
Kristin Price joined the Marsha Sharp staff in August 2010 as a learning specialist. Her duties include assessing the academic needs of current and prospective student-athletes as well as developing learning plans for these students. She also collaborates with Disability Services , University Counseling Center, and local psychologists in order to coordinate the learning assistance program and meet the needs of each individual.
Kristin was raised in Mesa, Arizona.
She received her B.A in psychology from The Ohio State University while competing as a student-athlete. Kristin then received her M.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University while working as a graduate assistant in the academic center for student athletes. After graduation she served as tutorial coordinator at FSU before eventually joining the staff at Louisiana State University. At LSU she served as Academic Coordinator for the soccer team and tutorial coordinator before stepping into the role of Learning Specialist.
While at LSU Kristin completed an Educational Specialist certificate in special education and completed coursework to be a certified reading specialist.
Kristin can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Counselor for Football
Hilary Sanders, who hails from San Angelo, TX, joined the Texas Tech Athletic Academic Services staff full-time in January 2011 as an Athletic Academic Advisor working with football academics. Her primary responsibility will be working with initial-eligibility and walk-on student-athletes.
Prior to this, Hilary worked as a Graduate Assistant for Athletic Academic Services. During that time, Hilary was involved in all aspects of football academics, Life Skills, initial eligibility, academic coaching, overseeing the pilot class checking program, and helping with day-to-day operations of the Marsha Sharp Center. Sanders earned a master's degree in December 2010 in Exercise and Sport Sciences with emphasis in Sport Management from Texas Tech.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech in May 2008. During her undergraduate studies, Hilary served as a student-assistant with women's basketball for three seasons. After graduation, Hilary spent a semester at Marshall University as a Graduate Assistant with Women's Basketball pursuing a coaching career, but later switched to academic services.
Hilary is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the Sport Management Society. She enjoys being with her basset hound, Marty, playing Frisbee golf, and Skip-Bo.
Hilary can be reached at: email@example.com.