Huffines Institute Staff

Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot

Institute Director: Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot
PhD FACSM RCEP CES, Debbie and Mike Hilliard ’73 Endowed Chair in Kinesiology, Dept. of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University.

Dr. J. Timothy Lightfoot is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology and the Director of the Sydney and JL Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lightfoot received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from University of Louisiana Monroe and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He completed a research consultantship with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center in the Biomedical Laboratory and then a three-year National Institute of Health postdoctoral research fellowship in the Division of Physiology at Johns Hopkins University. Read More


Institute Associate Director: Dr. Steve Martin

Institute Associate Director: Dr. Steve Martin
PhD, RCEP, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University.

Dr. Steven Edward Martin is a Clinical Associate Professor of clinical and applied exercise physiology in the Department of Health & Kinesiology, and the Associate Director of the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine at Texas A&M University. Dr. Steven E. Martin received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His work experience includes cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as non-invasive cardiovascular stress testing. He completed his Masters and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M University. He currently teaches courses in cardiovascular stress testing, electrocardiography, and clinical exercise evaluation and prescription. His primary research focus is exercise and lipid metabolism relating to cardiovascular disease risk reduction. His research interests also include cardiovascular disease risk in firefighters and law enforcement personnel. Dr. Martin resides in College Station, and is the proud parent of two boys and one daughter.


Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy: Dr. John Thornton

Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy: Dr. John Thornton
PhD, Executive Professor, Health and Kinesiology Department

As the inaugural Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, Dr. Thornton brings a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach, and athletic administrator to the position. After playing high school and junior college basketball in San Antonio, Thornton came to Aggieland to play for Coach Shelby Metcalf. Thornton was the 1973-1974 Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year after being the second-leading scorer and rebounder on the Aggie squad. In 1974-75, Thornton was the team captain and helped lead the Aggies to the 1975 SWC Championship title. Read More


 
Ms. Lauryn Hawkins

Lead Administrative Assistant: Ms. Lauryn Hawkins
Lauryn is a junior Kinesiology major from San Antonio, TX. Lauryn has been with the Institute since fall of 2019 and is now the Lead Administrative Assistant.


Sidney McMahon

Lead Administrative Assistant: Ms. Sidney McMahon
Sidney is a senior Kinesiology major from Georgetown, TX. Sidney has been with the Institute since the fall of 2020 and is now the Lead Administrative Assistant.


Ms. Nikita Patel

Executive Producer: Ms. Nikita Patel
Nikita is a senior Kinesiology major from Houston, TX. Nikita has been with the Institute since fall of 2020 and is now working as the Executive Producer.


Ms. Macilynn Coles

Audio Producer: Ms. Macilynn Coles
Maci is a junior Kinesiology major specializing in motor behavior from Corsicana, Texas. She has been with the Instituite since the fall of 2020, and works on the Huffines Human Performance Minutes for TexAgs Radio.


Ms. Emily Pearl

Graduate Testing Specialist: Ms. Emily Pearl
Emily graduated fom Texas A&M this past December with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology and plans to get her Master's in kinesiology along with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Emily is from Corpus Christi, TX. She just started with the Institute in the spring of 2021, working with Dr. Martin on testing with the police and fire department.


Mr. Anirudh Sreeram

Audio Producer: Mr. Anirudh Sreeram
Ani is a sophomore Biomedical Science major from Austin, TX. He has been with the Institute since spring of 2021 and works on the Huffines Human Performance Minutes for TexAgs Radio.


Mr. Dell Billings

Communications Specialist: Mr. Dell Billings
Mr. Billings, '95 (Agricultural Journalism), is the Communication Specialist for the Dept. of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M, but his services are displayed throughout the Huffines Institute's website. Mr. Billings has a long history in local media, having worked at KBTX for 10 years and KWTX for two years before joining Texas A&M's HLKN Department.


 

Ms. Brianne Breidenbach, MS

Ms. Brianne Breidenbach, MS

Bri is a second-year doctoral student in Exercise Physiology with interest in neuroenergetics and physical activity regulation. She completed his Bachelor's in Exercise Science from Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and her masters in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a clinical emphasis from Eastern Illinois University. After teaching biomechanics for two years at Eastern Illinois, Bri now teaches for PEAP and hopes to combine her passions for research to pursue a post-doctoral experience upon completion of her PhD.


Ms. Aly GleasonMs. Aly Gleason

Aly is a first year doctoral student in Exercise Physiology with interests in applied exercise science and leadership development in sports. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University as well as her Masters Degree in Communication from Stanford University. While at Stanford Aly played for the women's soccer team where she won a NCAA National Championship. After graduating from Stanford, she joined the military, where she is currently a Captain in the Space Force. Upon graduation Aly will teach at the United States Air Force Academy in their Physical Education Department. 

 


TroyTesting Specialist: Troy Briscoe

Troy is a senior Applied Exercise Physiology major from Coppell, TX. His work as a personal trainer has inspired him to get involved with the Huffines Institute, where he has been since the fall of 2018. Troy is now a Tasting Assistant on special assignment.

 

 


Mr. Troy La

Troy is a junior Kinesiology major/Biology and Public Health minor from Sugar Land, Texas. His interest in exercise and the science behind it motivated him to pursue kinesiology research. He joined the Lightfoot Lab in Fall 2019.