Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Jens Omli, who is originally from Seattle, Wash., earned his Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. After spending two years as a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, Omli joined the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences at Texas Tech. He specializes in sport psychology and coaching and conducts research related to the influence of adult involvement in youth sport. Omli's current research efforts focus on understanding how children want parents to behave during youth sport events and how these behaviors influence health and performance outcomes in children. Omli is also the global director for the International Sport Connection, a program funded by the U.S. State Department's SportsUnited Division, which provides sport coach training aimed at helping coaches transition from a narrow focus on talent-development and strategy-implementation, to a more comprehensive vision of coaching, which promotes youth and community development. Omli indicated that he "is proud to be a member of the HESS faculty, and particularly excited to incorporate Tech students in future research and sport outreach endeavors, both locally and internationally."