WHY USAFA?: "There aren't too many schools where you know that the people around you are going to push you to become better, not only academically, but physically and morally as well. Yes, there might be other schools that will teach you to be a better doctor, lawyer, engineer, or whatever you want to be when you grow up, but there won't be many other schools that will teach you to display a greater depth of character."
JUNIOR (2011): Returned to the rotation after missing sophomore season with injury...competed on the pommel horse in 11 of 13 team competitions...posted a season-high mark of 13.700 at the All-Academy Championships...named to the USA Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete team...also received academic awards from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (academic all-conference), Mountain West Conference (scholar-athlete) and College Gymnastics Association (all-America scholar-athlete).
SOPHOMORE (2010): Did not see competitive action due to injury.
FRESHMAN (2009): Received the team's Most Valuable Gymnast award...also named Freshman of the Year...NCAA participant...competed in every meet for the Falcons...two-time USAG All-American...Academy record holder on the pommel horse...first set the mark at 13.850 at the All-Academy Championships...upped the mark to 14.200 at the Southwest Cup...matched that score one month later at the USAG Championships (team finals)...holds three of the top four scores in program history...won the pommel horse title at the Southwest Cup...finished fourth on that event at the USAG Championships to claim first USAG All-America certificate...also posted the squad's top scores of the season on the parallel bars (14.250, at Arizona State) and high bar (14.100, at Navy Open)...won the parallel bars during three competitions, including back-to-back meets at Navy and Temple...also won that event at the Southwest Cup, while placing first on the parallel bars... claimed USAG All-America honors on the high bar with a third-place finish...competed on the floor exercise during six meets, posting a season-high 13.700 in the dual meet at Illinois-Chicago...tallied a 13.650 in only appearance on the still rings at the Rocky Mountain Open...tallied a career-high 13.600 on the vault at Temple...scored a 79.250 in only appearance in the all-around at the Rocky Mountain Open...named a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete...received All-America Scholar-Athlete first-team honors from the College Gymnastics Association.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Tomball High School...member of the National Honor Society...graduated Summa Cum Laude...competed at the club level for the Cypress Academy of Gymnastics...coached by Tom Meadows and Colby Van Cleave...attended the U.S. Championships on two occasions...six-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier...four-time J.O. National All-Around finalist...three-time Region 3 team member...four-time USAG Academic All-American first-team selection.
PERSONAL: Son of Delyn and Jan Houder...is an only child...majoring biochemistry, while earning a minor in German...future plans include becoming a pilot...served as Safety and Medical NCO for 2010 Basic Cadet Training...four-time selection to the Dean's List...three-time selection to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic excellence...hobbies include reading, playing soccer, listening to blues and gospel music and speed skating...spent the summer working as a gymnastics coach during Falcon Sports Camps and completing the Powered Flight program...competed at the same gymnastics club as classmate Devin Menefee...favorite event is the horizontal bar...member of Cadet Squadron 17.