KNPE Alumni Accomplishments

Congratulations to these Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education alums!

Alexis “Pookie” Gonzalez
Alexis “Pookie” Gonzalez

Alexis “Pookie” Gonzalez, B.S. Kinesiology, ’16, M.S. Sport Management, ’18, was named volleyball assistant coach by the Northern Michigan University Athletics Department. Gonzalez comes to NMU after a year-long stint at the University of California-Davis, where she served as the Aggies’ volunteer assistant coach in 2019. Prior to her role at UC-Davis, Gonzalez spent four years as a student-athlete on NIU’s volleyball team, serving as floor captain all four years. During her career at NIU, she only missed one game as a setter while finishing second in program history and 10th in Mid-American Conference history with 4,846 assists.

Jamaal Hines
Jamaal Hines

Jamaal Hines, M.S. Sport Management, ’17, was named after-school specialist at Lake Braddock Secondary School in the Fairfax County Public Schools of Virginia. Hines began Aug. 3 with plans to build on the same types of initiatives and opportunities he’s provided since 2019 for Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services as assistant director of the David R. Pinn Community Center. He also has become active with with the Fairfax County NAACP, making regular trips to nearby Washington, D.C., to participate in Black Lives Matter activities.

Sara McLaughlin-Cross
Sara McLaughlin-Cross

Sara McLaughlin-Cross, M.S. Sport Management, ’14, was named girls tennis coach at Alleman High School in Rock Island, Ill. Alleman also serves as the full-time executive director for First Tee of The Quad Cities, a non-profit dedicated to providing young people with programs and facilities that promote character development and lifelong values through golf. During her four-year career with the NIU Women’s Tennis Team from 2008 to 2012, she served as team captain for three years, compiled 32 singles victories and 37 doubles victories and, in her junior year, was one of two Huskies to record a victory at the MAC Championship. She later served a graduate assistant coach with the squad.

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