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Midwest Regional Coordinator

Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D

Don Melrose

Don Melrose is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and is the Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Trained as an exercise physiologist at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Melrose has been a Division I head strength and conditioning coach, fitness consultant, and competitive lifter and bodybuilder. He has served as the State/Provincial Director for Texas and currently serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Melrose has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally and has authored materials on a variety of topics relating to the Internet and steroids. Melrose holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA.

Arkansas State Director

Adam Bruenger, PhD, CSCS, USATF-2

Adam Bruenger

Adam Bruenger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Central Arkansas. He earned his PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics from Michigan State University, his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University-Nebraska. His research focuses on biomechanical evaluation of strength training exercises. Bruenger was previously an athletic director and coach at the high school level. He has coached football, wrestling, track and field, and cross country. He is certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Level 2 Sprints and Hurdles Coach through USA Track and Field (USATF-2).

Louisiana State Director

David Bellar, PhD, CSCS,*D

David Bellar

David Bellar is the Interim Director of the School of Kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL). Bellar began his postsecondary education at John Carroll University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with dual concentrations in Biology and Chemistry as well as a Master of Education degree. He then enrolled at Kent State University ultimately graduating with a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Bellar has earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) credentials from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In addition to volunteering on the Membership Committee, he is currently serving as the State Program Director for Louisiana and is a member of the Executive Council for Coaching Education with USA Track and Field (USATF). Bellar has published articles in over 60 peer-reviewed journals, including Men’s Health and the Livestrong Foundation website. He also frequently contributes to national and international conferences.

Missouri State Director

Betsy Feutz, MS, CSCS, ATC, USAW-1

Betsy Feutz

Betsy Feutz enters her third year as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Lindenwood University, managing a 12,000 square foot training facility known as the HIT Center. Feutz oversees the implementation of their women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, and women’s gymnastics year-round strength and conditioning programs. Along with these responsibilities, she also teaches and advises in the Health and Fitness Sciences Department. Feutz is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). She also holds a certification as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW-1) and Level 1 Certification through the Functional Movement System (FMS).