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Tinker D. Murray

Tinker D. Murray, Ph.D FACSM


  • B.S.,University Of Texas (1973, Health & PE)
  • M.Ed.,Southwest Texas State University (1976, Health & PE)
  • Ph.D.,Texas A&M University (1984, PE and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Certificate of Completion, Graduate Studies in Cardiac Rehabilitation (1981), Baylor College of Medicine

Contact Information: or 512-245-2953

Tinker served as Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center from 1982 to 1984 where he was twice recognized for his exceptional performance. He has been at Southwest Texas and Texas State University since 1984 and served as the Director of Employee Wellness from 1984-1988, and Director of the Exercise Performance Laboratory from 1984-2000. He was a voluntary assistant cross country and track coach at Southwest Texas from 1985-1988 and helped win three Gulf Star Conference titles. 

From 1985 to 1988 Tinker was a sub-committee member for the Governor's Commission on Physical fitness that developed the Fit Youth Today Program. Tinker has been a lecturer and examiner for the USA Track and Field Level II Coaching Certification Program since 1988. He served as the Vice Chair of the Governor's (for Governor Ann Richards) Commission for Physical Fitness in Texas from 1993-

Tinker is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and certified as an ACSM Program Director. He is a former two-time president of the Texas regional chapter of ACSM (1987 & 1994). He served on the national ACSM Board of Trustees from 1998-2001. In the fall of 2003, he was a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. In 2005, he was named an Outstanding Alumnus of Clear Creek High School in League City, TX. In 2013, he was named a Texas State Honorary Professor of International Studies.

Dr. Murray served on a five-year study intervention (HEALTHY) as a Co-I (Roberto Trevino, M.D., PI) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to prevent Type-2 diabetes in middle school minority students in San Antonio, TX and nationwide. The HEALTHY Study group (2010) reported the key findings of the intervention in The New England Journal of Medicine. 

Dr. Murray helped establish the Professional Development Cooperative (PDC) in coordination with the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and D.W. Rutledge (Executive Director) in 2003 to promote continuing education experiences for coaches. He co-authored 2 undergraduate textbooks in 2012 (Exercise Physiology: An Integrated Approach: Cengage - Wadsworth Publishers and Foundations of Physical Activity and Public Health, Human Kinetics Publishers).

Dr. Murray has chaired numerous master's theses and served on over 30 thesis and dissertation committees since 1984. He has authored or co-authored several books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, edited articles, and published abstracts. He has also been professionally involved in annual professional meeting presentations and invited talks.