Senior Ray Guy Staff Member – National Instructor based in Utah
Travis Dorsch focused on academics while competing in baseball and football at Purdue University. On the football team, he set several records, including career scoring (355 points), career field goals (68) and career punting average (48.5). He was named a consensus All-American and won the 2001 Ray Guy Award as the nations best punter.
Dorsch left an indelible mark as a Boilermaker. He’s the only athlete in school history to have kicked a field goal and thrown a touchdown in football, and hit a home run and recorded a win as a pitcher in baseball. As a 6-foot-7-inch football kicker and punter, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent time on NFL rosters in Cincinnati and Green Bay and also played NFL Europa before retiring to pursue his graduate education. He quenched his thirst for knowledge by completing his doctoral degree in 2013.
Combining a love for learning with a passion to give back to the sports Dorsch found his calling as a developmental researcher studying youth sports and the impact it has on the family as an assistant professor at Utah State University. As the founding director of Utah State’s Families in Sport Lab, his research is targeted at understanding the impact of parental involvement in youth sports, its impact on family relationships, and the outcomes of parent support and pressure in youth and adolescent sports.