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HK author named new CEO of AAHPERD

Paul Roetert, current Human Kinetics author and former HK staff member, will become the Chief Executive Officer for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) beginning September 1, 2010.

Dr. Roetert comes to AAHPERD after a 19-year career with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), where he was Managing Director of Player Development and Tournament Director of the US Open Junior Tennis Championships. He co-authored Human Kinetics’ Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2007), World-Class Tennis Technique (2001), and contributed to High-Performance Sports Conditioning (2001).  He  spent two years as executive director of HK’s American Sport Education Program.

Vicki Worrell, AAHPERD President, stated "We are excited that Dr. Roetert has accepted the position. His extensive background in physical activity, biomechanics, and exercise physiology plus his experience with fundraising and program management make him an ideal candidate to lead AAHPERD."

“I, along with the rest of the staff at HK, am very happy for Paul and we will offer him any assistance he needs to be successful,” said Brian Holding, HK’s CEO. 

In addition to his projects and work with Human Kinetics, Dr. Roetert holds a PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Connecticut and completed his Masters of Science in biomechanics and undergraduate work in physical education at California State University, Fullerton. He was the Managing Director of Player Development for the USTA in Boca Raton, Florida and has given hundreds of scientific and invited presentations in the United States, England, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Turkey.

Says Roetert, "I am very excited about the chance to lead AAHPERD. This is a great opportunity to focus on promoting active, healthy lifestyles and furthering the mission of AAHPERD as we deal with important topics such as childhood obesity and the lack of physical education programs in schools. As the leader in the field, AAHPERD can make a major difference in helping to solve these issues."

Roetert has been honored with the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award, JSCR Editorial Excellence Award, Outstanding Kinesiology Professional Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut, and the Professional Tennis Registry’s Plagenhoef Award.

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