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North Central Regional Coordinator

Scott Sahli, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Scott Sahli

Scott Sahli is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Burnsville High School for all sports and the Head Olympic-style Weightlifting Coach. He is the Regional Coordinator for the North Central Region and previously served as the Minnesota State Director (2005-2011) for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He retired from teaching and coaching at Northfield High School in 2011 where he was the Northfield High School Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for all sports for over 25 years. Sahli is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®), and USA Weightlifting (USAW) Senior Coach. Sahli has presented at over 50 weightlifting and strength clinics throughout the nation, co-authored two DVDs, and authored a coaching manual and textbook.

Iowa State Director

Jed Smith, MA, CSCS, USATF-1

Jed Smith

Jed Smith is the Director of Strength and Conditioning and an Exercise Science Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) where he has been a coach and instructor since 2005. Smith oversees 18 NCAA Division 1 sport teams, as well as the staff that trains them. Prior to joining the staff at UNI, Smith was a strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings (National Football League team), Minnesota Wild (National Hockey League team), and Minnesota Thunder (United Soccer League team). Smith is the Iowa State Director for the NSCA and is also a National Instructor for USA Weightlifting (USAW). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach (USATF-1). Additionally, Smith has given presentations and seminars in exercise and sports science both nationally and internationally.

Manitoba Provincial Director

Syl Lemelin, MS, CSCS

Syl Lemelin

Syl Lemelin was hired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1996 as a Division Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor. He is a University of Manitoba graduate who completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1992 and his Master of Science degree in Biomechanics in 1995. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also the current NSCA Provincial Director for Manitoba. One of Lemelin’s passions is to help prepare individuals for optimal human performance during various physical demands related to athletic competition, work-related tactical situations, and activities of daily living.

Minnesota State Director

Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata public schools. Johnson works directly with the three-time state champion football team as Director of Operations and Player Development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the Minnesota NSCA State Director and Chairs the Minnesota NSCA Advisory Board. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was named the NSCA State Director of the Year. He also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Johnson is a frequent clinician, as well as a regular contributor to Training and Conditioning magazine and has written for Coaching Management magazine.

Nebraska State Director

Kristi Fox, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D

Kristi Fox

Kristi Fox is an Associate Professor at Wayne State College (WSC) in Wayne, Nebraska. She currently teaches a number of courses and advises students in the Applied Human and Sport Physiology and Exercise Science programs. In addition to her teaching duties, Fox serves as the WSC Human Performance Lab Coordinator, a Nebraska School Activities Association Wrestling Assessor, and a reviewer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR). Prior to joining WSC in 2006, she provided outreach athletic training and strength and conditioning services for Wayne State College and several high schools through the Center for Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Spine located in Dakota Dunes, SD. Fox was appointed as the Nebraska State Director for the NSCA in 2014.

South and North Dakota

Andrew Shim, CSCS

Andrew Shim

Andrew Shim has been involved with the fitness industry by consulting with major companies, magazines, and fitness organizations nationwide. He was honored with the Certificate of Merit from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees for published scholarship and productivity in 2008. He was awarded “Best Research Poster” in Applied Sport Science by the Sports Medicine Australia Federation in 2009. He was appointed as the South Dakota State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2011. Recently, he was selected as the recipient for the 2012 President’s Award for Research in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of South Dakota. In addition, he holds his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification through the NSCA.