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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).

Kansas State Director

Paul Luebbers, PhD, CSCS,*D, USAWTF-1

Paul Luebbers

Paul Luebbers is an Associate Professor in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. He received his Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA and taught in the Department of Kinesiology at Northern Illinois University prior to returning to his home state of Kansas. Luebbers has a Level 1 USA Track and Field certification and coached track and field at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He has a wide range of research interests and he has published in the areas of anaerobic power, resistance training, metabolism, and nutrition. He has been an active member in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2002, when he first earned his CSCS®. He currently serves on the Executive Council for the NSCA Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group.

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).

Oklahoma State Director

Jason West, MS, CSCS

West, Jason

Jason West is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the University of Tulsa. As a scholarship student-athlete on the baseball team at Missouri Western State University, West graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Coaching in 2000. Following that, West received his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Central Missouri in 2003. He started his professional career by accepting a teaching appointment for the fall of 2003 in the Health, Recreation, and Kinesiology Department and as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach in the Athletic Department at Longwood University near Richmond, VA. Since 2007, West has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Tulsa. He became a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2002, including presenting annually for the Oklahoma Chapter of the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). In addition to teaching at TU, West is a Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air Force National Guard, and coaches/trains athletes at the Ultimate Performance Complex in Tulsa, OK.