Department of Kinesiology
Island Hall 357
Dr. Bonnette received his Ed.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in pedagogy from Texas A&M University - College Station (TAMU). Prior to coming to TAMUCC he worked for Texas A&M University - Kingsville for two years as an assistant professor. Other teaching stints include New Mexico State University (1996-1998) and TAMU (1988-1996).
Prior to becoming a university professor Dr. Bonnette taught in the public school system in Louisiana for ten years (1978-1988). During that time Dr. Bonnette served as a high school English and physical education teacher as well as a coach. His coaching experiences include football, basketball, track & field, baseball and golf.
After retiring from the public school system in Louisiana and beginning his career as a collegiate/university professor (1988) Dr. Bonnette spent his summers directing sports camps for children and continues in that vein at TAMUCC as the project administrator for the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). NYSP has been hosted on the TAMUCC campus for the past ten years and is a summer sports program for financially disadvantaged boys and girls.
Dr. Bonnette was a two sport athlete in college at Northwestern State University (football and track - javelin) and since is an avid sport fan. He enjoys golf, swimming, surfing and exercising. He is an incredible fan and supporter of high school sports as well. Currently, he volunteers at Flour Bluff High School, where he videotapes athletes performances (football, track, golf, baseball/softball), biomechanically analyzes their movement and then shares that information with the athletes so they may improve. Dr. Bonnette has also served as the coach of the varsity football team's summer 7 on 7 touch football team.
Dr. Bonnette's research interest is in the area of sports performance. He and several of his kinesiology colleagues have created a research consortium for collaborative investigative efforts. Current and past research projects include investigating the relationship between visual skills and batting performance of professional baseball players (Cincinnati Reds & Milwaukee Brewers); visual skills and batting performance of NCAA Division I baseball players (University of Tennessee and TAMUCC). Other lines of research include obesity and health-related issues of Hispanic youth, physiological attributes of professional, collegiate, high school and adolescent baseball players and performance attributes of elite volleyball players.
Dr. Bonnette's vita (pdf)