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Meet Our New Faculty: Kinesiology & Sport Management

Meet Our New Faculty: Kinesiology & Sport Management
August 21, 2023 SEHD Communications

Meet Our New Faculty: Kinesiology & Sport Management

We are proud to introduce our Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management’s new faculty members for the fall semester.


Picture of KNSM Instructional Assistant Professor Courtland Arrants


Courtlandt Arrants

Instructional Assistant Professor, PEAP

Courtland Arrants is very familiar with Aggieland, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology K-12 Physical Education, Master’s degree in Health Education and Adult Education certification from Texas A&M. She now serves as assistant director at Camp Adventure, a day camp for kids ages 8-12 in the Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) building. As a student, Arrants served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at PEAP, where she instructed various activities such as Physical and Motor Fitness Assessments, rock climbing, badminton, and the Art of Movement.

“I am passionate about helping others take control of their quality of life through positive health decisions and physical activity.” – Courtland Arrants


Picture of KNSM Clinical Assistant Professor, Seomgyun Lee









Seomgyun Lee

Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Seomgyun Lee earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Science and Global Sport Management from Jeonbuk and Seoul National University in South Korea. He credits the movie “The Blind Side” for inspiring him to pursue a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Mississippi.

“Although it is bittersweet to leave Oxford, I am thrilled to be part of the Aggie community and continue my journey within the SEC. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to engage and interact with students. Additionally, I am incredibly excited about attending a football game at Kyle Field and experiencing its spirited atmosphere!” – Dr. Seomgyun Lee


Picture of KNSM Clinical Associate Professor, Bryan Mann









Bryan Mann

Clinical Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Dr. Bryan Mann joins Texas A&M University after serving as an Associate Professor, Director of Sports Science for Olympic Sports and Exercise Physiology program director at the University of Miami. He has also served as a coach, researcher and educator at various institutions, including Southwest Missouri State University, Arizona State University, the University of Tulsa and the University of Missouri.

Mann’s commitment to strength and conditioning has contributed to popularizing auto-regulation training methods, including velocity-based training and progressive resistance exercise protocols, which help athletes improve their strength and power. He has also consulted for professional sports organizations and worked with student-athletes who went on to compete in the Olympics.

“From my days of coaching in the Big XII and SEC, I have spent many nights in College Station and I always looked forward to it. The people were always so warm and welcoming and I always thought it felt like home. I’m excited to be a part of this great University and hope to be able to contribute to the success of the department and University as a whole.” – Dr. Bryan Mann


Picture of KNSM Clinical Assistant Professor, Emily Plunkett









Emily Plunkett

Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Emily Plunkett joins our team after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Florida this summer. While in Gainesville, she gained valuable experience teaching courses such as Ethical Issues in Sport, Advanced Career Development, and Sport Career Transitions. In 2017, she earned certification as an Athlete Development Specialist from the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS).

Plunkett’s research focuses on the impact of pre-transition planning on the quality of transition for elite athletes who retire from competitive sport and sport management students entering the workforce. She has presented her research at conferences such as PAADS, the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the College Research Institute (CSRI). She has also received consulting grants for evaluating services provided by Division I athletic departments, youth athlete development programs, and primary and secondary school curricula.


Learn more about the faculty, research and degree programs in our Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management by visiting

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