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Former student body president lands job at Texas A&M mentoring student athletes

By Clarence Comeaux
On September 12, 2019

Jonathan Wallace. Courtesy photo

Beginning in the fall of 2019 Jonathan Wallace is serving as a Scholastic Supervisor for freshmen football student-athletes at Texas A&M University in the Center for Student-Athlete Services. 

At Texas A&M Wallace is responsible for providing academic support, guidance and mentorship to student-athletes while working collaboratively with academic professionals to create an effective learning environment with a primary focus on student development. 

Prior to joining the staff at Texas A&M, Wallace worked for Grambling State University as an Athletics Academic Coordinator for one year where he oversaw the academic matriculation for Women’s Soccer, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track and field teams. Prior to joining GUS’s athletics department full-time, Wallace served as a graduate assistant in the compliance, marketing and communications and athletics operations offices. 

Wallace was a well-decorated scholar-athlete at Grambling State University from 2013-2016. He was a part of the Tigers football team that went 11-1 and won the 2016 SWAC Football Championship and was crown the 2016 HBCU Football National Champions. 

His 26-yard field goal in the third quarter of the 2016 Air Force Reserved Celebration Bowl against North Carolina Central University ended up being the game winner for the Tigers, as they went on to win the game 10-9. In 2016, Wallace averaged 35.8 yards per punt and was 5-of-9 in field goals. 

He booted a conference-best 60 extra points in route to earning All-SWAC 2nd Team honors as a placekicker. 

As a senior, Wallace served as the Student Government Association (SGA) President, making him the first ever Grambling State student-athlete to be elected as student body president. 

In that position, Wallace was the official spokesperson for the undergraduate student body population, and was instrumental in several student-led campus initiatives that it involved strategic planning and effective communication skills. He developed and oversaw a student-fee operating budget of over $200,000 and served as the liaison between all university offices and departments. 

After three years of undergraduate studies, Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Grambling with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, sport management concentration and a minor in mass communication, Sports Journalism concentration, in May 2016. 

He also graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s Degree in sports administration in December 2017. 

Wallace is a native of Rayville, La. and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

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