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Director: Robert Garza
roberto.garza@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3019

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Education

BBA in Business Administration – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, Texas

MBA (Management) - Texas A&M International University – Laredo, Texas

Professional

Intramural Sports Official – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX -  2005-2008

Facility Attendant – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2005 - 2006

Student Manager- Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2006 - 2009

Facility Operations Specialist - Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - January 2010 - August 2011

Associate Director - Texas A&M International University

General Information

I was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas but have been in Laredo for most of my life. As a student in this institution, I received guidance from many organizations and people. I want to provide those opportunities and many more for current and future students by teaching the foundational leadership components that will transform students into future leaders. It is a pleasure to work with this institution; I hope to see you here.

 

 

Associate Director: Sylvia Quinn
sylvia.quinn@tamiu.edu 
(956) 326-3017

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Education

Raymond & Tirza Martin High School-Laredo, TX

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology and Health- East Texas State University

Additional Teaching Certifications: Spanish, ESL, Special Education, Driver Education

Graduate Hours in Kinesiology: Texas A&M-Kingsville, TX

Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist

AFAA Group Fitness

CPR/AED First Aid Instructor

Professional Experience

L. J. Christen Jr. High: Kinesiology/Health Teacher/Coach

Martin High School: Kinesiology Teacher/Coach: Cross Country, Track and Field, Assist. Volleyball and Basketball Coach

Nixon Annex: Kinesiology/ Health & Wellness Teacher

Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Coach: Volleyball, Assist. Track and Basketball Coach

Crystal City High School: Kinesiology Teacher/Coach: Volleyball, Assist. Track and Basketball Coach

Carrizo Springs High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Resistance against Drugs Sponsor/Assist. Coach

United South High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Vocational Adjustment

Coordinator/Coach: Track and Field, Assist. Volleyball

Laredo Community College:  Adjunct Faculty

Associate Director Fitness/Wellness - Texas A&M International University

General Information

I was born and raised in Laredo but moved away for a couple of years to explore other avenues. I am glad to be back in Laredo with my family and friends, and I am proud to be an integral part of such a great TAMIU team where everyone strives to improve and foster the leadership skills of our students, faculty, and staff.


Associate Director: Eric Gonzalez
eric.gonzalez@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3018

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Education

Carrizo Springs High School – Carrizo Springs – 2009

B.S in Fitness and Sports, Minor in Business Administration – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - 2013

M.B.A. (Management) – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – IN PROGRESS

Professional

Intramural Sports Official – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2010-2011

Intramural Supervisor – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2011-2012

Intramural Senior Supervisor – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2012-2013

Recreation and Intramural Specialist – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - Aug. 2013 – Present

General Information

My life journey started right here in Laredo, TX. After roughly a decade into my childhood, I moved to the small humble town of Asherton, TX. I feel having been raised in a small town granted me wholeheartedness and vision for my future endeavors. As a result of working my way up the Recreational Sports Intramural ladder, I have had the privilege to work with such a great staff that has such an immense passion for student development and creating a nurturing environment that develops exceptional leaders in all fields of study. Going through these experiences myself has only motivated me to pay it forward and pass on all the knowledge and opportunities this department has poured into me. Mixed with my passion of sports and healthy living, I find myself in an ideal work place that allows me to grow as an individual and professional while combining my love of sports and fitness, and the yearning to develop students.

 

 

 

Office Coordinator: Irene Vela-Mendoza
irene@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3015

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Professional

Admissions Clerk, Office of Admissions- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX - 1996 - 1998

Staff Assistant, Office of Enrollment Management- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX- 1998-1999

Staff Assistant, Office of the Executive Director of Student Life- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX- 1999-2005

Staff Assistant, Office of the Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs- Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX- 2005-2006

Office Coordinator, Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - 2006 - Present

General Information

I was born in Laredo, TX and have lived in Laredo all of my life.  I am married and have four children.  I enjoy time with my family whenever possible. I have almost 15 years now at Texas A&M International University, but have been with the Recreational Sports department for 4 years.  They have become like my second family away from home.  I work with 25 of the greatest student staff, wonderful professional staff and a great boss.  Rec. Sports is a growing department and I am looking forward to all the new changes and growth to come for us in the future.



Strength and Conditioning Specialist (Fitness): Juan Perez
juang.perez@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3017

Education

B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Sociology- Texas A&M International University

Certifications

AFAA Group Fitness Certifed

Zumba, Zumba Toning Certified

Leave No Trace Certification

Disaster Relief Preparedness Certfication

General Information

I was born in Laredo, TX, I graduated from Texas A&M International University, and presently working on a Masters of Arts in Sociology. I spent the last year and a half working on national community service with AmeriCorps NCCC and Vista. I have a passion for community development and building sustainable programs for the community. In recent years, I've developed a passion for fitness. I believe that everyone and anyone can reach their desired fitness level. If you are interested in becoming a fitness instructor, the Rec center is the place to be. Our team is passionate about making our TAMIU community a healthier community one person at a time.

 

Strength and Conditioning Specialist: Gabriel Rodriguez
gabriel.rodriguez@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3014

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Education

B.S. Fitness and Sports, Minor in Psychology - Texas A&M International University

Professional

Fitness Instructor - Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2012-2014

Weight Room Attendant - Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2012-2013

Research Assistant - Dr. Sukho Lee - Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2012-2014

Personal Trainer - Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2013-Present

Strength and Conditioning Specialist – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - Sept. 2014 – Present

General Information

I started my journey at the TAMIU Rec as a student facility work study employee and later a fitness instructor and personal trainer. After graduation, I was proud to become a part of the present TAMIU Rec Sports family as the Rec Sports Strength and Conditioning Specialist. As a professional staff member and trainer, I like helping our members, employees, faculty and staff set and reach their fitness goals.

Texas A&M International University
Recreational Sports - Kinesiology, Wellness, & Recreation Center
Phone:(956)326-2289