Greg Davis, Captain, DPS Academy Training Coordinator (Trooper Trainee School & Fitness Wellness Unit)
Hometown – Austin, Texas
Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Law Enforcement Fitness Training Coordinator – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Biomechanics in Resistance Training; Injury Management; Sand-bell Instructor; Concept 2 Rower Instructor; Trigger Point Therapy; Functional Movement Specialist (FMS); Arrest and Control Tactics Instructor; Taser Instructor; ASP Baton Instructor; Advanced TCOLE Instructor; and Master Level Peace Officer.
Education – Captain Davis received Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. Captain Davis has received credentialed fitness education and training from the United States Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Glynco, Georgia) and the Cooper Institute (Dallas, Texas); as well as, over 34 years of practical application as a competitive athlete trained by world class coaching.
Experience/Expertise – As a competitive athlete Captain Davis had a long athletic career, 34 years (1972-2006), as a competitive athlete competing in domestic and international competitions successfully medaling in the following events: Power-lifting; Biathlons; Obstacle Course Negotiation; Track and Field Events; Wrestling – Freestyle and Greco Roman; Gymnastics; and Iron-Cop/Tough Man Competitions; Since retiring from competition, in 2006, Captain Davis continues to seek a PHD in Health Science with a concentration in Physical Readiness Testing and policy development.
Captain Davis is currently in his 32nd year in the Criminal Justice career field. He began his career by serving in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer; After receiving his Honorable Discharged, he then worked as a Federal Police Officer/Instructor for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, the Attorney General's Office in Internal Security and Investigations, and the University of Texas at Austin Police Department as a Police Officer/Instructor. For the last 17 years, he has been serving with the Texas Department of Public Safety in the following capacities: State Trooper – Texas Highway Patrol Capital District; Agent – Executive Protection Bureau (Formerly the Governor's Protection Detail); and currently as the Department's Physical Fitness Training Coordinator and is assigned to the Education, Training, and Research Division – Fitness Wellness Unit.
As a Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist and a Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Training Coordinator, Captain Davis has 20 years of educational/practical expertise as well as teaching expertise in the following disciplines: Biomechanics in Resistance Training; Injury Management; Fitness and Wellness; Anatomy; Exercise Physiology; Flexibility; Exercise Safety; Cardiovascular Prescription; Behavior Change; Strength Training and Prescription; Anatomy Joint Action; Goal Setting; Tabata Sprint Methodology; Power-lifting; Cross Training; Body Computation Analysis; Nutrition; Hydration; Program Design; Boot Camp Mechanics; Circuit Leadership; Sand-bell Instructor; Concept 2 Rower Instructor; Arrest and Control Tactics Instructor; Taser Instructor; and ASP Baton Instructor. Captain Davis sits on the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research National Law Enforcement Advisory Board dealing with fitness trends and issues affecting law enforcement "State of Readiness", health and wellness. He has completed four evaluation studies at the Texas Department of Public Safety that have led to successful policy change and the implementation of a physical fitness training protocol that has led to a zero injury rate among the recruit Physical Fitness Training regimen and incumbent personnel. In addition, he has established two living studies dealing with physical readiness testing in the areas of VO2 Rower testing and Combat Fitness testing. Under his direction, the Fitness Wellness Unit established the DPS Physical Fitness Institute and the DPS Informational Symposium on Physical Readiness Testing and Assessment.
Philosophy – Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul – Finish What You Start!
Hobbies – Family, Fitness Training, Fishing
Favorite quote – “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” General Mattis
Mike Harper, M.Ed., Fitness Wellness Training Supervisor
Hometown – Round Rock, TX
Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Cooper Institute Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist Instructor, Functional Movement Screen Level I & II Instructor, TCOLE Basic Instructor
Education – Mike received his Bachelor degree from Howard Payne University and Masters of Education in Health & Physical Education from Tarleton State University plus maintains significant practical learning as a competitive collegiate as well as endurance Ironman athlete.
Experience – Michael has provided fitness training to beginners to elite athletes and everyone in between as well as provided hands-on education for exercise professionals at locations all around the world. He has provided presentations at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) mid-year conference in Chicago, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), Public Safety Commission over TX DPS and multiple agencies throughout Texas as well as across the nation. As former Associate Director and Strategy Leader for First Responder and Military Programs for The Cooper Institute, he assisted agencies throughout the U.S. & internationally in their quest to make themselves and their colleagues fit for duty and fit for life. He also created The Cooper Institute's Law Enforcement Advisory Board to analyze field needs and ensure education assisted with a physical "state of readiness" within law enforcement. This spurred his work on development of first responder injury prevention curriculum and text alongside normal duties associated with regular updates to curriculum for military and first responder programs at The Cooper Institute.
Beyond first responders and military programs, Mike has significant experience in curriculum development, editing process and delivery of content on topics of Resistance Training Prescription & Program Design, Biomechanics of Exercise, Bootcamp & Circuit Leadership, Corrective Exercises, Military Exercise Leader Program, Small Group Training, Exercise Safety, Behavior Change Techniques, Flexibility Program Design and Techniques, Medical Screening, Biomechanics of Exercise, Functional Fitness Training, Cardiovascular Program Design, Advanced Interval Training, Advanced Exercise Techniques, Functional Movement Screen, Body Composition Techniques, Anatomy, Coronary Risk Factors, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition & Supplementation, Exercise Physiology, Weight Control Strategies, Health Conditions & Exercise, and Health Promotion. Additional topics have been presented by Mike at regional, state and national conferences as well as regular dissemination through scholarly publications, including peer reviewed research articles, and online content.
Beyond the classroom, Mike started his career as an Assistant Strength Coach at Texas Tech University before moving on to become Head Strength Coach at Tarleton State University. During this time, Mike oversaw all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs for 13 different sports at Tarleton State. Outside of competitive athletes, Mike has worked with beginners and a plethora of individuals in between as he successfully opened a Boot Camp style gym in Frisco, TX. There he regularly received recognition due to the franchise being ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Recognition was also received within his job position for performing in the top 10 in the nation and #1 within his region while leading a team of trainers and working individually with clients.
As is evident from these experiences, Mike is no stranger to analyzing the needs of diverse populations and applying successful programs to enhance their development. With each group, Mike has a goal to make each individual as strong as possible – and due to appropriate programming and education, he is able to help them become stronger than what they ever imagined.
Training to be strong and pushing the limits of fitness has been a very personal part of Mike's life. As a former collegiate football player and Ironman Triathlete, he has learned just how strong we can be as he pushed past his own personal limits. Yet, he has also seen the health benefits of even just training to be fit. That alone, just might have made an impact in the early death of his dad who suffered from the #1 killer in the U.S., a heart attack.
Hobbies – Exercise, running, cycling, being outdoors, house projects
Philosophy – You are stronger than you think, yet you will never know unless you try.
Favorite quote – "Tough times don't last, tough people do!" "The more difficult the obstacle, the stronger a person becomes when he hurdles it."
Inst. Alexis Schminke, Training Specialist VI
Hometown – Elizabeth, Colorado
Credentials/Certifications – Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Certified Weight Management Specialist, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Trigger Point therapy Instructor, Sand Bell Level I Instructor, Yoga level 1 Instructor.
Education –– Alexis received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo. Alexis has received credentialed fitness education and training from the United States Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and the Cooper Institute (Dallas, Texas) as well as practical application as a competitive collegiate athlete and continued tournaments and competitions.
Experience – Alexis grew up in a family that was centered on physical fitness. Having a father that was a collegiate wrestler, and an aunt that was an Olympic gymnast along with a competitive water skier, holidays and weekends for her family were spent watching, participating or practicing for an upcoming event. Being in Colorado, this ranged from water skiing in the summer to snowboarding in the winters. This led Alexis to pursue competitive volleyball where she worked her way up to competing at the collegiate level as well as competitive volleyball tournaments in addition to coaching a local volleyball club team once located in Texas.
Alexis also enjoyed swimming, for fun and for competition. At the age of 14, Alexis started teaching swimming lessons to young children. Alexis was a swim coach at numerous locations in the Denver area for 10 years, until she moved to Texas. During this time, her focus was young children that had a fear of water. By the time Alexis had coached them for a while; they were jumping into the deep end and swimming on their own.
Alexis moved to Texas and began her career with DPS in 2008. Before moving to the Fitness Wellness Unit in January 2014, she was deeply involved in testing and implementation of the rower being used as a physical fitness training tool. Shortly after the rower was implemented, Alexis also helped to test and implement the Combat Fitness Evaluation.
Throughout her years of athletics, as a coach and in her role as a Training Specialist, Alexis has always had a passion for nutrition. With her specialized education in nutrition, Alexis is able to help people tackle weight loss, gain lean muscle mass, learn the basics of eating to fuel the body and ways to eat well on the go. Her mission is to help people eat healthy to function optimally, increase energy, and take care of their bodies.
Hobbies – Volleyball, high intensity exercise, running, eating clean, cooking, gardening and anything outdoors.
Philosophy – Eat real food, mostly plants.
Favorite quote – ""When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." Ayurveda proverb "Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food" Hippocrates
Roy Lytle, Sergeant Fitness Wellness Unit
Hometown – Robinson, Texas
Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, DPS Fitness Institute graduate, TCOLE Basic Instructor, Live Threat Engagement Instructor, and Master Level Peace Officer.
Education – Sergeant Lytle received a Bachelor degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Kinesiology from Southwestern University.
Experience/Expertise –Fitness has continually been a part of Sergeant Lytle’s day to day activities as a competitive athlete to finding ways to incorporate fitness into the demands of being a Highway Patrol Trooper. While at Southwestern University, as a collegiate athlete Lytle competed in Cross Country 5 mile races and Track focusing on the steeple chase and 1500 meter races. In December of 2002, Sergeant Lytle graduated from the Texas State Trooper Academy. Sergeant Lytle served as a Highway Patrol Trooper for 16 years working as a road Trooper, Corporal, and at the Capitol on Patrol and Detail. During his Trooper career, Sergeant Lytle maintained practical experience in maintaining a fitness regimen and continued to compete in endurance races and track and field events, such as Jameson 5K, Texas Round-Up 5K, Capitol 10K, 3M half marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, Spartan, Texas Police Games 5k, 10k, Duathlon, Triathlon, Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, 400m, 800M, and 1500m races. Sergeant Lytle assisted the Fitness Wellness Unit with DPS sleep study research and the creation of forms to assist in tracking Department fitness.
Hobbies –Family, Running, Hiking, and furniture/house projects.
Philosophy –Functional fitness to enjoy life with the ones you love.
Favorite quote –“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” –Edmund Burke.
Inst. Holly Cuozzo, M.Sc., Training Specialist VI
Hometown – Silver Spring, MD
Credentials/Certifications – Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science, CrossFit Level 1, Precision Nutrition Level 1, National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) – Certified Strength Coach and Certified Personal Trainer
Education – Holly received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland. Her Education and Community Development curriculum included educational theory and practice, social science, and experience-based research on education for juveniles during and after time spent in detention centers and long-term treatment facilities. Holly earned her Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science from University of Essex. Her research explored the effects of beet juice on physical and cognitive performance as well as muscular and cerebral blood flow. She also continues to learn practically from her experience as a collegiate and women’s club rugby player and a CrossFit athlete.
Experience – Holly has been a lifelong athlete, competing in soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics, figure skating, tennis, and volleyball. She spent one year in England playing rugby as a varsity student-athlete while earning her Master of Science and coaching CrossFit at a nearby gym. Holly continues to play rugby and enjoys CrossFit workouts.
Holly has coached a wide range of individuals and groups, including older individuals returning to physical activity after a hip replacement or stroke, competitive athletes, and individuals with little to no experience lifting weights. For athletes at all levels, her focus is instructing proper movement patterns and encouraging foundational healthy habits. This approach has resulted in incredible improvements in strength, work capacity, and confidence.
Holly grew up in a family that loved food, giving her an affinity for cooking and healthy eating. She has explored plant-based nutrition through her education and personal experiences as an increasingly plant-based eater. Her Precision Nutrition Level 1 equips her to tackle the behavior change that makes nutritional improvements more sustainable long-term.
Leaning on her experience as a classroom teacher and a coach in the weight room, Holly continually encourages others become the strongest, healthiest, most confident versions of themselves. She believes strongly in pursuing a lifestyle that incorporates both discipline and flexibility, allowing for continued improvement and enjoyment.
Hobbies – CrossFit/weightlifting, rugby, cooking, baking, hiking and other outdoor activities, road trips with plenty of stops for local coffee shops, and petting dogs
Philosophy – Always pursue strength, athleticism, and overall improvement; and never stop practicing the basics
Favorite quote – “Eat [real] food. Not too much. Mostly plants” –Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
Dat Le, Statistician
Hometown – Austin, TX
Credentials/Certifications – Completed Six Sigma: Green Belt, Statistics Foundations 2, Data Visualization for Data Analysts, Excel Statistic Essential, Excel Data-Analysis, Creating Interactive Dashboards in Tableau, and Excel 2016: Charts in Depth.
Education – Dat received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas – Austin. Additionally, he has engaged with the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas for their Statistics Institute in addition to other focused educational opportunities.
Experience – Dat has significant experience utilizing his six-sigma and statistical data analysis skills to perform yield and trend analysis. With his knowledge of statistical theory, practices, and techniques, he was able to select appropriate mathematical and statistical methods and translate data to meaningful representations, and present data both in graphics and narrative supporting documents in the process of characterizing devices and/or reports in his previous role as a Senior Product Test Engineer.
Dat has a desire of high quality and collaboration with co-workers, management, internal and external clients. He’s analyzed, interpreted results, root-caused, and developed simulations in a number of different environments.
Since joining TX DPS, Dat has worked diligently to optimize and streamline reporting and enhance dissemination methods.
Hobbies – Family, cooking, and photography.
Philosophy – Treat people the way you want to be treated. Suffering can be overcome; happiness can be attained.
Favorite quote – “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” ― Roy T. Bennett