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Northeast Regional Coordinator

Dave Heikkinen, PhD, CSCS,*D

Dave Heikkinen is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. He serves as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Northeast Regional Coordinator, and was previously the Massachusetts State Director. His background includes over 15 years of strength and conditioning and coaching experience. Heikkinen earned a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College. His research interests include hormonal fluctuations during exercise and athletic development.

Connecticut State Director

Patrick Mediate, MEd, CSCS,*D, USAW-1

Patrick Mediate

Patrick Mediate served the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a member of the NSCA Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Northeast Regional Coordinator, and as the Chairman of the NSCA State/Provincial Directors Committee. He has received the NSCA State Director of the Year Award, the NSCA Presidents Award and named the NSCA High School Coach of the Year. Mediate has been certified as a Level 1 USA Weightlifting Coach (USAW-1). He currently teaches physical education and wellness at Greenwich High School. Mediate has co-authored books and DVDs as well as spoken at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Mediate is the president of PhysioFit personal training and New England Sport Performance (NESP) in Connecticut.

Maine State Director

Patrick McCarthy, MS, CSCS, RSCC

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at the University of New England (UNE) located in Biddeford, ME. He works with the varsity athletic teams as well as the general student population. Prior to UNE, McCarthy worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) in Winchester, MA. While at MBSC, he worked with a wide variety of clients and athletes ranging from middle school children to professional athletes. McCarthy is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of New England. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and serves as the Maine State Director for the NSCA.

Massachusetts State Director

Brian Thompson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson is currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning, an Associate Professor of Exercise Science, and the Graduate Strength and Conditioning Program Director at Springfield College, where he has been a full time faculty member since 1998. He is responsible for the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College as well as teaching and advising in the Graduate Strength and Conditioning program. Thompson first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in 1992 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic, and Olympic levels. He has presented and/or conducted strength and conditioning related workshops in Australia, China, Mexico, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Athletic Training and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.

New Hampshire State Director

Christopher Proulx, DC, MS, ATC, CSCS

Christopher Proulx

Christopher Proulx is a clinical consultant at DJO, LLC in the Recovery Sciences division. He is also in private practice and an adjunct assistant professor of research at New York Chiropractic College. He is also a consultant as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and performance coordinator for individuals and athletic teams. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness, and is a PhD candidate in Exercise Science. Proulx has over 20 years of experience in sport and clinical science. He has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed publications and has presented his work across the United States, Central and South America, and Europe in many different venues. He has been a consultant to several manufacturers, clinicians, athletes, and coaches at all levels. Proulx is a licensed chiropractor, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Assocation (NATA), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

New York State Director

Harold Gibbons, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Harold Gibbons

Harold Gibbons graduated with honors from Adelphi University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education. He has earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and currently serves as the New York State Director. Passionate as an educator, Gibbons has presented on behalf of the NSCA and the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD), and maintains a free blog to help others realize their inner strength while developing physical strength.

Rhode Island State Director

Rick Armstrong, MS, CSCS

Rick Armstrong

Rick Armstrong is the Internship Director and Lecturer in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, RI. He holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from URI and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College. He has over 10 years of experience training individuals, including Division I athletics, health and wellness, and law enforcement. His interests include strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and youth physical activity. Armstrong was a collegiate baseball pitcher and is still involved as a coach at the high school level in Rhode Island. He has been the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) State Director of Rhode Island since 2011.

Vermont State Director

Justin Smith, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1

Justin Smith

Justin Smith is the Associate Head Coach at the University of Vermont (UVM). The 2012-2013 season marks Smith’s ninth year as a member of the strength and conditioning coaching staff UVM. He oversees the strength and conditioning programs for the field hockey, men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic skiing, men’s hockey, and men’s and women’s track and field programs. Smith is also the Vermont state director for the NSCA. Before Smith joined the staff at UVM, he served a stint as an assistant at Miami University in Oxford, OH, designing and implementing programs for field hockey, women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s tennis. Prior to arriving at Miami University, Smith was the strength and conditioning coach for the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team, in the South Atlantic League. Smith earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado. Smith is also a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); in addition he is certified as a Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW-1).