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Do you hold an RSCC-level distinction? If you are RSCC, RSCC*D, or RSCC*E, then the NSCA would love to include your biography. To submit a bio, please email Aubrey Watts, NSCA Performance Center Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Robert "Bob" Alejo, RSCC*EBob Alejo is the Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Wolfpack. Alejo oversees all departmental strength and conditioning efforts and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men's basketball team. Prior to joining the Wolfpack staff in 2011, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland A's from 1993-2001, where he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels. Prior to rejoining the A's, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005-2008. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the medal-winning men's beach volleyball team during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. From 1984-1993, Alejo served as a strength and conditioning coach at UCLA, where he worked with 23 men's and women's teams, including the men's basketball team. During his tenure, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans. Alejo also spent a short period of time as the head strength and conditioning coach of the 1993 U.S. National Soccer team. Prior to joining the Bruins' staff, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State, where he earned a BA in physical education and appears in the Wildcats' Athletic Hall of Fame after a successful baseball career. An accomplished lecturer and author, Alejo has been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball (inaugural inductee) and the Chico Professional Baseball "Legends of the Diamond."David Ballou, CSCS, RSCC*DDavid Ballou has been employed as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Avon High School in Avon, IN for the past 13 years, where he teaches seven Advanced Physical Conditioning classes and works with more than 500 student athletes every day. Ballou provides strength and conditioning for all high school sports. Under his tutelage, Avon High School earned two state championships (volleyball, girls soccer) and had two state runner-ups (boys soccer and boys swimming). Avon High School also earned a fourth-place state finish in girls cross country and finished as state runner-up in the Boys Indoor State Championship. Avon High School was also just recently ranked third nationally in the Max Prep Cup All Sports Standings.Kyle Barbour, MS, CSCS, RSCCKyle Barbour currently holds the position of Athletic Performance Coach with the Golden State Warriors Basketball Organization. Barbour is responsible for many aspects of the team’s athletic development, including Nutrition, Supplementation, Cardiovascular training, Strength training and Corrective Exercises. Barbour reports directly to the Warriors’ Director of Athletic Performance, JoHan Wang; and works closely with the team’s Athletic Trainers and Medical Staff. Prior to joining the Golden State Warriors, Barbour was the director of sports performance at Athercare physical therapy clinic in Castro Valley. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, he recently earned a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State University East Bay. Previously, Barbour worked in professional baseball for three years as a strength and conditioning coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He also spent time at the collegiate level working as a strength and conditioning intern/coach at the University of Notre Dame.
Chase Beidick, RSCC, MAChase Beidick has been a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the US Army since 2012. Beidick is stationed with 4th ID’s 3rd Brigade combat team at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. Beidick’s main role day to day is to work in conjunction with the rest of the strength staff to develop sound training for 3rd Brigade’s athlete warriors to improve strength, mobility, stability and coordination that will aid in their operational readiness in situations of deployment. Beidick also serves as an educator and resource to Army personnel, giving lectures, clinics, and presentations providing knowledge and expertise in the area of physical training. Beidick also works in conjunction with athletic trainers and physical therapy staff to help in the aid and recovery of injured soldiers to rehabilitate them safely and effectively. Previously, Beidick held the roles of Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Omaha Northwest high school in Nebraska, Assistant strength coach at Visible Impact Fitness in Omaha Nebraska, and assistant strength coach at Xplosive Edge in Omaha Nebraska. Beidick has worked with athletes from all walks of life including developmental, high school, college, professional, adult and tactical. Beidick earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Science in 2010, and completed an internship in the NSCA’s performance center upon completion of his degree. Beidick has been an NSCA member and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2010. Beidick was also a scholarship athlete at the University of Nebraska, competing as a thrower for the Husker track and field program. Brad Bichey, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1Brad Bichey is the assistant strength and conditioning coach for football at the University of Arkansas. He is a graduate of West Liberty State College, where he completed his bachelors of science in exercise physiology. Bichey also played football and baseball at West Liberty State. He was an academic all-conference honoree in 2008 in baseball. He then continued his education at Pennsylvania State University where he completed his masters of education in health education. Bichey worked under the direction of famed strength coach Mickey Marotti at the University of Florida during an internship in 2008 and in 2012 during another internship at Ohio State University. Bichey then moved on to a position with the Cincinnati Bengals as a part-time strength and conditioning coach. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Penn State with football from 2009-2011. He is a member of the CSCCa, certified as a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and is a member of the NSCA. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA.Buck Blackwood, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW-1Buck Blackwood began his coaching career at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in 2003. Prior to being hired full-time, Blackwood was a volunteer coach for two years at USAFA, and spent two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Montana State University. Blackwood currently directs all USAFA Olympic Sport development. He has been published in numerous professional journals and has presented nationally and internationally.
Lee Brandon, RSCC, CSCSLee Brandon is an internationally recognized Strength and Conditioning Specialist and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the Medical-Wellness, Fitness, and Performance industries. Lee has the distinction of being the first female Assistant Strength Coach to work in the NFL, has twice been recognized as the World Long Drive Champion, with drives exceeding 325 yards, and three-time Olympic Coach (1984 Los Angeles, 2013 London, 2016 Rio). Lee's patented training system is clinically researched and medically published, and has worked with Dr. Stuart McGill since 2009 regarding “The Science of the Spine and Performance.” She inspires, educates and motivates, and powerfully bridges the gap between bad backs and elite performance. Lee is an author, educator, motivational speaker and professional athlete who continues to be featured in numerous media outlets including CBS, NBC, Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, the Golf Channel and ESPN. Doug Briggs, PhD., CSCS, RSCC*DDoug Briggs has been involved in strength and conditioning for over 30 years. He is a competitive Olympic weightlifter who won the 2002 and 2005 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships, setting a new Pan American Masters Snatch record in 2002; won the 2005 and 2007 USA Weightlifting Masters National Championships; and named male “Athlete of the Year” for the 2002 New Mexico State Games. He has held over 120 state records in Olympic weightlifting. Currently Briggs is the Director of Human Performance for the U.S. Army/MWR activity at Fort Bliss, TX, where he has been for 10 years. He is the founder of the Mission Essential Fitness (MEF) program currently being used to train soldiers. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Human Performance at New Mexico State University. Briggs has written for numerous magazines and published research in the JSCR. Briggs has also been a researcher for chronic health risk factors of Senior Officers through the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) with the United States Sergeants Majors Academy (USASMA) at Fort Bliss. He holds a current CITI certification for human subject’s research. Briggs owned a Powerhouse Gym for 12 years and a personal training center that became an Olympic-style weight training facility that produced numerous collegiate national champions and national level athletes. Briggs has acted as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams of USA Weightlifting (USAW) at the World University and College Championships and the Young Louis Cyr Competition in Canada in 2000.Bill Burgos, CSCS, RSCCBill Burgos is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Orlando Magic, where he oversees the design and implementation of strength, conditioning, flexibility, and team nutrition programs to optimize the health, performance, and overall fitness of the Orlando Magic players. Prior to the Orlando Magic, Burgos was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Knicks. He also completed two and a half years with the Magic before joining the Knicks, as their Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Burgos has also completed a two-year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. In the latter position, Burgos was in charge of overseeing the design and implementation of all strength and conditioning activities from the Major League Club to the Rookie Ball Club at their spring training facility (Pirate City) in Bradenton, FL. Burgos has two Master’s degrees; his first in Exercise Science from Austin Peay State University and his second in Human Movement from A.T. Still University. He also served for a combined 13 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, where he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.Michael Butler, CSCS, RSCCMichael Butler holds state licensure as a physical therapy assistant and certifications through the C.H.E.K Institute and the Poliquin Strength Institute. Butler is also full-body certified as an Active Release Practitioner and is continuing his studies in their masters series program. As a sought after Titleist Performance golf conditioning expert, Butler works with professional and amateur athletes around the world to give golfers a cutting edge training program. Butler also serves on the Active Release Ironman team of professionals. Passionate about working with youth athletes, Butler has been on the La Quinta football Medical Staff for the past 10 years. Butler works and volunteers with many local high school sports teams, including the Palm Desert Baseball team that captured the 2010 CIf Championship. Butler holds his BA in Physical Education from California State Long Beach.Robert Campbell, CSCS, RSCC*DRobert Campbell designs and implements strength and conditioning programs for 14 Division I teams at Idaho State University. He works with all coaching staff to create the most effective programs for their in-season and off-season workout schedules. His main focus is on preventing injuries, improving athletic ability, and building character in each of his 350 athletes. Prior to joining Idaho State University, Campbell owned an elite athlete training company called Total Sports Conditioning and coached high school strength training classes while coaching football in Pocatello, Idaho (1997-2005) and in Honolulu, Hawaii (1987-1997). He still owns and operates Total Sports Conditioning, which is designed to help improve the athletic ability of 9-18 year old boys and girls that live in the community. Previous achievements include: All-state defensive lineman in HS; All-Conference line backer at Ricks Junior College and MVP of the Centennial Bowl; All-Conference and Defensive player of the year at Idaho State University in 1990. He is also the state director of Idaho for the NSCA.Tyler Christiansen, CSCS, RSCC*DTyler Christiansen is a veteran soldier currently working as the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Christiansen has worked with tactical athletes in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, including the 7th Special Forces Group, a Special Missions Unit in the greater DC area, as the TSAC Coordinator at the NSCA, as an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, Christiansen has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC), and earned the FMS and USAW certifications.Ryan Cidzik, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1Ryan Cidzik joined the Stanford Football Sports Performance program in February 2014 after serving as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football and Outdoor Sports at Columbia University for the past two years. Cidzik is considered by many to be one of the Nation's most sought after coaches on the topic of concussion prevention for contact sport athletes. At Columbia, the Lions had the lowest concussion rate in the Ivy League, dropping from 19 concussions to five. Cidzik brings over a decade of NFL and collegiate experience to the Stanford Sports Performance program. Prior to Columbia, Cidzik was a strength and conditioning coach with the University of Memphis football team, where he supervised the training of 2011 NFL first-round draft pick and future Pro-Bowler Dontari Poe (11th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs). From 2009-10, he worked with the New York Jets, helping then rank as the fifth least injured team in the NFL, and helping them to the AFC Championship game in 2009. Prior to his time with the Jets, Cidzik was an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2008, and a volunteer assistant with the Browns in 2007. Cidzik was also the league strength and conditioning coordinator for NFL International Player Development for NFL Europe from 2004-07. Cidzik served as head strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern State University in Louisiana (2006-08), assistant strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech (2003-06) and volunteer assistant at the University of Richmond (2003). Cidzik earned his bachelor's degree from Susquehanna in 2001 and earned his MS in exercise science from Louisiana Tech in 2005. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC), a USA Weightlifting Certified Level-1 Club Coach, and is certified in Orthopedic Assessment (AIAM).Darnell Clark, CSCS, RSCC*DDarnell Clark has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) since 2004. In this position, Coach Clark is responsible for the daily development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for 64 middle school, junior varsity, and varsity athletic teams (24 sports). Since 2010, Coach Clark and CCDS have been the recipient of the NSCA’s “Strength of America Award,” which represents the national gold-standard in high school strength and conditioning. Coach Clark has also coached seven NSCA High School All-American athletes. In 2013, the NSCA national office elected Coach Clark as the North Carolina State Director. In this role, he oversees a nine-member advisory board, operates state and regional clinics, conducts Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities, and represents the state of North Carolina at the National level. Coach Clark is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he played football in the Big Ten conference. He earned his Master’s in Physical Education from Arizona State University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Sun Devils' football team. In the private sector, Coach Clark’s “Training Academy” college prep program has assisted hundreds of student athletes, representing 55 colleges and universities, with their transition from high school to collegiate athletics.Dustin Clark, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAWDustin Clark is in his third season of professional baseball with the New York Mets Organization. Prior to joining the Mets’ organization he worked at the University of Michigan working primarily with Football. He also gained experience at Lafayette College and Drexel University working with a variety of sports. He has a MS in Exercise Science and BS in Exercise Science/Sport Conditioning from East Stroudsburg University, and holds NSCA RSCC, CSCS and USAW certifications.Orlando Crance, CSCS, RSCCOrlando Crance is a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Yankees AA affiliate in Trenton, NJ for the 2013 championship season. Crance served in the same capacity for the Florida Marlins AA affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010; as well as the coach for the low A affiliate with the New York Mets in Savannah, Georgia. Initially, Crance started working in strength and conditioning with professional tennis players, boxers and NCAA athletes.Joshua Cuffe, CSCS, RSCCJosh Cuffe is entering his third season as Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Oakland Athletics and 10th season overall in Professional Baseball. Prior to the current position, he spent 5 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks; 2 years in AAA Reno, 1 year in AA Mobile, 1 year in High A Visalia and 1 year in Low A South Bend. He also worked 2 years with the Houston Astros at High A Salem. Coach Cuffe graduated from Dakota State University BA in Exercise Science.Patrick Cullen-Carroll, MS, CSCS, RSCC*EPatrick Cullen-Carroll is a retired Physical Education teacher (37 years). Pat has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State University in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He taught and coached in California and Arizona. Coach Cullen-Carroll has coached football and strength and conditioning at the high school and college level during his career. Pat has been a competitive powerlifter and has coached Olympic weightlifters from the beginner to the International platform. He is the Chair of the Executive Board of the Youth Special Interest Group (SIG) of the NSCA and is on the Coaches/Education Committee of USA Weightlifting.Jason Curry, CSCS, RSCCJason Curry is entering his sixth season as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in professional baseball. He is entering his fourth season with the Atlanta Braves organization. Currently, he is the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Curry has worked for the Braves as the strength coach for the 2012 High-A Carolina League champions and their 2013 Double-A Southern League affiliate. His is directly responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition programs of the players. Prior to joining the Atlanta Braves, he served as a Strength and Conditioning coach for two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals organization capturing the 2011 Midwest League Championship. He also has experience working with youth and collegiate athletes, and in the private sector. Curry graduated from Slippery Rock University and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Dwight Daub, RSCC*E, MS, CSCS, PES, CES Dwight Daub enters his 18th season with the Thunder and his 15th as Director of Athletic Performance. During his first three seasons with the team, he held the title of strength and conditioning coach. Daub is responsible for the development and implementation of strength, conditioning and nutritional programs for all Thunder players. Daub helps each player establish a personalized diet and training regimen and assists them with injury rehabilitation. He also arranges offseason training programs and monitors each player’s physical progress between seasons. Following the 2008-09 NBA season, Daub was named co-recipient of the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award presented by the NBASCA (National Basketball Association Strength and Conditioning Association). A 1979 graduate of the University of Evansville (Ind.) with a degree in physical education, Daub also received his master’s degree in exercise sports science from Eastern Illinois in 1985. Nate Dine, CSCS, MS, RSCCNate Dine Nate Dine is in his second season with the Royals organization as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach after spending his first season with Idaho Falls. Prior to joining the Royals, Dine served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. While at Belmont, his duties included working with the baseball team along with a variety of other sports. Dine received his Masters degree in Sport Administration (2011) and Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (2009).Mark Dixon, MS, CSCS, RSCCMark Dixon works for the SportScotland Institute of Sport, where he focuses on coordinating strength and conditioning services to the Scottish Women’s national soccer program. Prior to this, Dixon was a conditioning coach with the US Men’s World Cup Technical Ski Team (USSA), where he was responsible for all aspects of physical preparation for Olympic, World Championship and World Cup team athletes. Dixon also served as a strength and conditioning coordinator with the Georgian Rugby Union, overseeing the development of intern coaches in additional to designing and equipping two high-performance facilities. Dixon worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the buildup to the Rugby World Cup 2011 while also serving as head strength coach to the Georgian Under19/20s during two successful European Championship campaigns and the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby Trophy. Dixon gained experience through internships with RGU:Sport collegiate athletics and the Scottish Institute of Sport before working with developing athletes at the Scottish Rugby Union and GB Youth Climbing Team. He gained his BSc in Exercise Science from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2008, MSc in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and is a licensed S&C educator with the IRB.Michael Duehring, MS, CSCS, RSCC*DMichael Duehring is the Director of Performance and Fitness at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Working with 13 varsity sports at all levels since 1999, the athletic program has won 39 state championships and 72 conference championships in the competitive Greater Metro Conference. The athletic program is consistently ranked the top boys program in Wisconsin. Marquette University High School has been awarded NSCA’s Strength of America Award since 2011. In addition to working with the athletic teams, he is responsible for coaching the powerlifting and weightlifting teams. He holds a BS in Physical Education – Exercise & Fitness Management and a MS in Exercise Science – Human Performance. His certifications include Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Level I Club Coach with USAW, and Level I Coach with USATF. In addition to working full time at the high school, Coach Duehring has experience working with athletes at all levels from 6th grade through professional.Joshua Duggleby, CSCS, RSCCJoshua Duggleby is currently the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Washburn University. He is directly responsible for all strength and conditioning workouts for Men’s and Women’s basketball, Women’s volleyball, Women’s soccer, softball, and Men’s golf. He also supervises any Graduate Assistants and Interns. Prior to working at Washburn, he interned at TCU and was a graduate assistant at Ball State University.Brian Edlbeck, MS, CSCS, RSCCBrian Edlbeck is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Exercise Science along with the head strength and conditioning coach at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He has been with Carroll since 2004. Carroll University is a NCAA Division III institution with 20 interscholastic athletic programs. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Master of Science degree in kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee in 2004. Prior to joining the Carroll University faculty, Edlbeck interned as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at UW-Milwaukee. Prior experiences include interning with the Colorado Rockies as a minor league strength and conditioning coach and being a personal trainer since 1998.Chad Efron, CSCS, RSCCChad Efron is entering his 10th season in the Chicago White Sox organization, including seven as the Assistant Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. He spent seven years in Triple A - Charlotte, one year in Double A - Birmingham and one year in High A - Winston Salem. Efron spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an intern High A in the New York Mets organization. Efron graduated from the University of Florida in 1999.Oskars Ernsteins, CSCS, RSCCOskars Ernsteins is from Riga, Latvia and currently working as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the professional basketball club Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. This year the team will participate in VTB League as well as in the Euroleague. Before joining Nizhny Novgorod, Ernsteins spent two years with a professional basketball club Budivelnyk, Ukraine. During those two years he helped Budivelnyk win back-to-back National championship of Ukraine, Ukrainian Superleague Cup; the team also participated in the Euroleague. Ernsteins has worked for the Latvian Basketball Federation with U-18, U-20 and men`s national basketball team. With the U-20 national team he contributed to winning silver medal in European Championship in 2013 which is the highest place in the history of Latvia in any team sport. As a former basketball player himself, competing at the NCAA level and internationally, Ernsteins brings personal experience, as well as exceptional knowledge and expertise to the basketball field in strength and conditioning. He has worked with multiple players which have been drafted for and/or played in the NBA.Scott Gadeken, CSCS, RSCC*DScott Gadeken is IMG Academies’ Head of Physical Conditioning, where he manages the physical conditioning curriculum for the IMG Academies’ 800 student-athletes across seven sports and oversees a growing staff of sport-specialized trainers at the IMG Performance Institute. Gadeken also leads the strength and conditioning portions of the IMG Performance Institute’s world-renowned specialty training programs, including NFL Combine/Pro day and Off-season training, NBA Pre-draft training, Pro soccer training, and MLB Winter training. Before joining IMG, Gadeken served as the Head Assistant Strength Coach for the University of Washington football program, as well as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the school’s softball program. Prior to serving these roles, Gadeken was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Idaho, Head Strength Coach (basketball) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (football) for LSU; and Head Strength Coach (women’s basketball, baseball, and volleyball) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (football) for his alma mater, Kansas State University. Among his countless titles and accolades, Gadeken was a finalist for the NSCA’s National Strength Coach of the Year award in 2001, following an impressive string of bowl wins while both at Kansas State and LSU. In 2003, he helped lead LSU to a National title. He also aided the LSU Women’s basketball team in reaching the Final Four in 2004 and 2005.
Chris Gilman, RSCCChris Gilman is currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He works primarily with men’s soccer, softball, and gymnastics teams. Before arriving at the University of Pittsburgh, Gilman served as an assistant strength coach at Villanova University. He also spent time coaching at the University of Tennessee and University of North Texas. Ben Gleason, MSEd, CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW-SPCBen Gleason was a former lineman at the University of Memphis before serving for four years as an administrative officer for the US Air Force. He then served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for 15 sports at Hampton University. He later established the fitness testing program at Eglin AFB, FL, and served as the Military Fitness Program Liaison, creating new programs in human performance for the diverse base population. Gleason is currently pursuing his PhD in sport performance at East Tennessee State University and serves as a teaching assistant in the exercise and sport sciences department, sport scientist, and strength and conditioning coach for Army ROTC. With over seven years of experience, he has worked with a wide range of populations from collegiate athletes to military special operations personnel.Ian "Chip" Gosewisch, CSCS, RSCCIan “Chip” Gosewisch is the Sports Performance Director at the Fischer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. As Sports Performance Director, Gosewisch is responsible for designing and implementing sports-specific strength and conditioning programs for professional, college, and high school athletes. Additional responsibilities include training and educating interns for both the MLB and NFL off-season strength and conditioning camps, administer sport specific testing of athletes, communicate with Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers on site regarding transitioning athletes from physical therapy to sports performance, and working closely with Fischer Institute business partners to maintain professional and effective business relationships. Gosewisch was a four-year starter on the baseball team and a graduate at Arizona State University. Following ASU, Gosewisch was drafted by the Anaheim Angels baseball organization where he played two seasons in the minor league system.Howard Gray, CSCS, RSCCHoward Gray joined the Florida State strength and speed staff in December 2012 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the strength and speed programs for the swimming, diving, and FSU soccer. Originally from Devon, England, Gray has spent 10 of the last 12 years studying, playing, and coaching in the U.S. He graduated from the University of Maine at Machias in 2006 where he was a two-sport athlete and a student assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. In 2008, Gray received his master’s degree in exercise physiology and performance from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where he was an assistant men’s soccer coach while also working in the sport science laboratory and for athletic advancement. Following his graduate education, Gray interned as strength and conditioning coach at Reading Football Club before moving on to a full-time position at Crystal Palace Football Club, both of the English Championship. Immediately prior to his role at FSU, Gray served as coaching manager for the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, and sport scientist for the ETSU men’s soccer team. He is currently completing the final requirements for his PhD in sport physiology and performance. His research focuses on on-field monitoring of soccer players. Gray is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).Alex Hampton, RSCCCurrently, Alex Hampton serves as a Strength & Conditioning Associate for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. Previously (2012), Hampton worked for Florida State University as an OPS staff member, predominately assisting with implementing sport science/athlete tracking to the football program. From 2010-2011 he interned as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League. In 2010 Hampton interned as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Victorian Institute of Sport, working primarily with women's gymnastics and men's field hockey. Hampton received degrees in both Exercise & Sport Science, and Commerce (majoring in Sport Management) from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) in 2011.
Anthony Harvey, CSCS, RSCCAnthony Harvey is currently with the Orlando Magic, where he designs and implements strength and conditioning programs for players. He also performs testing and evaluation of his athletes through various testing protocols while providing a safe training environment. Harvey assists with player evaluation pre- and post-draft; and conducts testing for NBA pre-draft prospects and at the NBA Combine. Prior to the Magic, Harvey was the Interim Director of Strength and Conditioning at Florida A&M University, where he was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for 18 sports and the supervision of Graduate Assistant coaches. Charles Haskell, MS, CSCS, RSCCCharles Haskell is a 2010 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. He played offensive line on the football team while at URI. He is currently obtaining a Master of Business Administration in Management at Salve Regina University. Haskell is a certified healthcare provider through the American Heart Association (CPR, AED, and First Aid). He began working at Salve Regina during the 2010 football season as the Offensive Line Coach. He joined the fitness center staff in January 2011. As the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, he is responsible for strength and conditioning programs for Football, Men/Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Women’s Lacrosse. Haskell also coordinates an internship program for those interested in the field of strength and conditioning.
Navin Hettiarachchi, MS, Dip MT, MCMT, CSCS, ATCNavin Hettiarachchi is entering his first season as Director of Athletic Performance/Strength and Conditioning for the Washington Wizards. He has been with the team since 2003, serving as an assistant athletic trainer and working home games providing treatment to injured non-traveling athletes. As Director of Athletic Performance/Strength and Conditioning, Navin is responsible for designing and implementing year-round strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition programs with the purpose of optimizing the overall athletic performance of the Wizards players. Navin believes in training hard and smart, enabling players to maintain their best health and highest performance both on and off the court. Navin specializes in overseeing the maximization of athletic performance through management of strength and conditioning exercises and injury prevention techniques, and provides a systematic, results-driven approach to performance training and rehabilitation. Navin’s main areas of focus for the Wizards are injury prevention, rehabilitation, and the treatment of movement dysfunctions. He bridges the gap between rehabilitation and performance by enhancing the physical health and functional abilities of the athletes. Instead of relying on one technique, Navin combines his knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create a unique and innovative treatment approach, enabling an athlete to receive the most appropriate treatment. Navin’s approach is a combination of skillful manual therapy and therapeutic exercises drawn from evidence-based best practices and scientific literature. Navin has a special interest in assessing movement quality as an essential component to reducing the risk of injury and reaching optimal levels of performance. Each athlete with whom Navin works is screened using the Functional Movement Systems/Selective Functional Movement Assessment which provides a road map for preventing injuries and maximizing athletic potential. Navin monitors the off-season regimens of all players; additionally, he develops, coordinates, and implements all rehabilitation protocols in conjunction with the sports medicine team and team doctors. Prior to this position, he served as the Washington Mystics Head Athletic Trainer and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for nine seasons. His responsibilities included all aspects of medical care/sports medicine, rehabilitation and sports performance for the team. Navin serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (STAR) Clinic since 2000. This post has afforded him the opportunity to treat a more diverse patient population with a variety of injuries. From 2001-2003, Navin worked with the Washington Redskins during their mini-camps, pre-season training, and during home games. Navin earned his B.S in Sports Medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from The United States Sports Academy. He has learned and trained under world renowned physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths and has earned multiple certifications in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including Advanced Sports Rehabilitation (CASR) and Spinal Manual Therapy. He also has his Master Certification in Manual Therapy and a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT). Navin is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES); a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES); and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Navin is in the process of learning Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, a developmental kinesiology approach developed by Associated Professor Pavel Kolar, and is working towards his Postural Restoration Trained credentials from the Postural Restoration Institute. Navin has traveled to countries such as Australia, England, Ireland and Thailand in order to continue his professional development; he actively networks with pioneers in sports medicine. A native of Sri Lanka, Navin currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his fiancée and can often be found on the National Mall playing as many sports as he can—especially cricket, flag football, rugby, soccer, and basketball. Daniel Heller, CSCS, RSCCDaniel Heller is a strength and condition coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Heller became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. Heller is also an exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consult for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley, Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Heller is a former competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker.Ben Herbert, CSCS, RSCC*DBen Herbert, now the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Arkansas, joined the Razorbacks after spending 11 seasons working in strength and conditioning at Wisconsin; including the last four as head strength and conditioning coach. He started his career as an intern during the 2002 season following his playing days at Wisconsin and was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2003. In his 15 total seasons at Wisconsin, Herbert was part of 14 bowl appearances and five Big Ten championships. The Badgers claimed three straight Big Ten titles and became the first Big Ten team to appear in three straight Rose Bowls since Michigan following the 1976-78 seasons by making the trip to Pasadena following the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. During his time with Wisconsin, Herbert helped develop 41 NFL draft picks, including six first-round selections. The Badgers also produced five national individual award winners, including 2012 Doak Walker Award recipient and the NCAA record-holder for career touchdowns Montee Ball, 28 All-America honors and 48 first-team All-Big Ten selections in his 11 seasons on staff in Madison. Herbert was a four-year letterman on the defensive line at Wisconsin, which won two Rose Bowls during his time as a student-athlete. He holds the Wisconsin bowl record for most tackle for loss and sacks yardage and is tied for the school's bowl record for sacks after collecting 2.0 sacks for 20 yards lost in the 2000 Rose Bowl victory over Stanford. Ben Herbert is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ben and his wife Kelly are proud parents to sons, Charlie and Thomas.Andrea Hudy, MA, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW-1Andrea Hudy is the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas (KU), where she oversees the Anderson Strength and Conditioning Complex for all KU sports. She has handled strength and conditioning for the KU men’s basketball team since her arrival in 2004. In January 2013, Hudy was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. Prior to joining KU, she served nine and a half years at the University of Connecticut, where she worked closely with the Huskies’ men’s and women’s basketball teams.Dane Inderrieden, MS, CSCS, RSCCDane Inderrieden is going into his third year as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with the New York Mets. Inderrieden spent the 2012-2013 seasons with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League (A). Inderrieden got his start in 2008 as an intern at St. Cloud State University, working primarily with Football, Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, and Golf. From there he became the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Volleyball team at Northern Michigan University, while working on his Master’s Degree. Inderrieden completed his Bachelors of Elective Studies degree from St Cloud State University in 2008, and his Masters of Science degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University in 2011. Thomas Inkrott, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1, USATF-1Thomas Inkrott has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2009. During his tenure, he has trained 112 NCAA All-Americans, 28 NSIC Conference Championships, one team National Championships, five individual National Champions, and two National top-four finishes. Prior to Inkrott’s current position with MSU, he was a Graduate Assistant from 2007-2009 and earned a Master’s degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation from MSU. In January 2009 he assumed the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning at MSU and responsibility of all 20 men’s and women’s sports. The Glandorf, Ohio native earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Bowling Green State University in December of 2006. Among his numerous certifications are CSCS, ATC, ATR, USAW-level 1, and USATF-level 1.Tobias Jacobi, CSCS, RSCC*DTobias Jacobi is the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Strong Rock Christian School, where he is responsible for training all of the sports teams and conducting weight training classes for the high school age student. A part of Strong Rock since early 2014, Jacobi developed the training protocols for the Academy’s weight training classes as well as the training programs for the Academy’s athletic teams. Prior to joining Strong Rock, Jacobi spent 14 and a half years as a collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach, where he worked with 23 different sports and seven different colleges from NAIA to Division 1 FBS.Kyle Johnson, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1Kyle Johnson is in his third year as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Central College and his sixth year on the Dutch staff. Johnson spent three years as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Johnson spent four years as the Assistant Sports Performance Director at Velocity Sports Performance in Franklin, Tennessee. He graduated with honors from Central in 2002 with a degree in Exercise Science and earned a Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Iowa State University in 2004. Johnson worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Iowa State football program. While at Central, Johnson was a member of the Dutch football squad, receiving academic all-Iowa Conference honors. He currently oversees the Strength and Conditioning program for all of Central’s 19 athletic programs as well as serving as an instructor in the Exercise Science department (Strength and Conditioning major). Johnson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the NSCA. He is also certified as a level 1 coach with USA Weightlifting. Johnson is also a competitive weightlifter, finishing 12th at the USAW National Championships in 2010 and 8th in 2011.Ashley Jones, CSCS, RSCC*EAshley Jones is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked with the elite of the game, having been employed by the Crusaders (Super XV competition), New Zealand All Blacks, and the Australian Wallabies over the last decade. He has been awarded an honorary position at Bond University in Australia as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Jones has worked in the sports physical performance conditioning and fitness industries since 1978 and has worked in three professional sports (basketball, rugby league, and rugby union) across three countries (New Zealand, Australia, and Japan) since 1992. He is currently the strength and conditioning coach responsible for all physical preparation of players at the Panasonic Wild Knights based it Ota City, Japan. He has been certified by the NSCA continuously since 1988. Jon Jost, MS, CSCS, RSCC*EJon Jost has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Florida State University since 2001, and is now firmly established at FSU having a tremendous impact throughout the entire athletics program. Jost, who was named the NSCA College Strength Coach of the Year in 2010, came to FSU after serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Southern Methodist University and Holy Cross. He started his career at the University of Nebraska where he served as an assistant Strength Coach for seven years (five in a full-time capacity) and earned Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA. Jost earned a master's and a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.Bryan Karkoska, CSCS, RSCC*DBryan Karkoska oversees the entire Strength and Conditioning department and staff for Olympic sports, including budget, graduate assistants, facilities, and full-time assistants. Karkoska directly programs for the Swimming and Volleyball teams, while supervising M/W Tennis, Track and Field, and Diving.Stephanie Armitage Kerr, PhD, MS, CSCS, RSCCStephanie Armitage Kerr is a wellbeing program manager for Providence Health and Services in Washington State. She received her BS degree in Health & Physical Education and her MS in Exercise Science from Washington State University. She received her PhD in Education/Sports Pedagogy from the University of Idaho focusing on physical identity development of adolescent girls and boys in physical education weight training. Armitage Kerr coached strength and conditioning at Division I with Washington State University and University of Washington with football and track and field. Armitage Kerr is a past National Champion in Olympic Style Weightlifting; a Women’s team member for the America’s Cup in 1995; served as the NSCA National Women’s Committee Chair and was a recipient of the NSCA scholarship award. Armitage Kerr has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1988, and Certified Special Populations Specialist in 2013. Stephanie is also certified by the ACSM – HFS, and ACSM – Wellcoach.Eric Klein, MS, CSCS, RSCC*DEric Klein is the head strength and conditioning coach for University of Minnesota football. Prior to joining the Gopher staff, Klein served as the Director of Sports Performance at Northern Illinois, where he oversaw sports performance for all 17 sports. Klein coached at Southern Illinois from 2001-07, where he designed the strength and conditioning programs for the five-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion Saluki men's basketball team and the three-time Gateway Conference Champion football team. Klein also helped design a new strength and conditioning center while he was at Southern Illinois. Prior to taking on the strength and conditioning program, Klein coached the defensive line at SIU in 2000 and 2001. Klein coached the defensive line and implemented the strength and conditioning program at Emporia (Kan.) State from 1999-2000. He began his coaching career at Saginaw Valley State in 1994, where he designed and created the strength and conditioning program. He also served as an assistant football and track and field coach at Saginaw Valley. Klein is a member of and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting and the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Klein holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and graduated from Apple Valley High School. He holds a master's degree from Emporia State. Thomas Koss, CSCS, RSCCCoach Koss (CSCS/NASM PES, CES, SNS/IYCA HS Strength & Conditioning Coach) is the Vanden High School head strength and conditioning coach and Track team sprints coach. During this time, the teams’ non-contact injuries have become non-existent due to his focus on mobility, movement pattern training instead of muscle training, and expertise in developing the energy systems required for each sport and position. He is also one of a few coaches around the country to be a certified Quarterback instructor through the prestigious National Football Academy, where he works with aspiring quarterbacks from age nine through high school. Koss’ training of sprinters (more specifically 200 and 400 meter runners) directly impacted Vanden’s winning the league championship for the men’s and women’s Varsity and Junior Varsity programs and has helped one of their men’s 400m runners to be ranked as the #11 runner in the state of California. Coach Koss is also a retired Air Force officer and pilot.Douglas Lentz, CSCS, RSCC*EDoug Lentz is the Director of Fitness and Wellness for Summithealth in Chambersburg, PA. Since his graduation from Penn State University in 1981, Doug has trained professional, Olympic, collegiate, high school, and adolescent youth. From 1985-1989, Lentz was a center manager for Sports Physical Therapists, Inc., a sports medicine organization with over 40 centers in 11 states. While he was with SPT, Inc., the company provided strength and conditioning services for the Philadelphia 76’ers and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1989, Doug opened Chambersburg Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. In 1997, Mr. Lentz sold his business to Summithealth. In his current role, Doug is responsible for all athlete program design and training. Doug assisted the Penn State University Women’s Tennis team with their strength and conditioning, speed, and agility needs from 2000-2005. He also served in a similar role with the Shippensburg University track team, working predominantly with the sprinters and weight event individuals. He currently oversees the strength and explosive movement training for Neely Spence, who currently runs professionally with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project and is the top-ranked 5k runner in America.Furey Leva, CSCS,RSCCFurey Leva is a minor league strength coach within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He has spent two years working in both short season and more recently, Advanced Class A ball. The 2015 season will be spent with the AA affiliate, the Altoona Curve. Prior to joining the Pirates staff, Leva worked as an assistant strength coach for the football program at Temple University in Philadelphia. He began his strength and conditioning career with the Villanova Wildcats as an intern for their football team. Leva received a Bachelor’s of Science, Exercise and Sports Science from Temple University in 2012.Brad Lokey, MS, CSCS, RSCCBrad Lokey serves as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Stetson University. Prior to this, Lokey served as the Director of Strength & Conditioning at Cumberland University and in the Georgia Tech Strength and Conditioning department, primarily working with the football, softball, swimming and diving, and cheerleading squads. It was during his time at Georgia Tech when Lokey completed his CSCCa practicum and internship hours to earn his certification as a strength and conditioning coach. He also spent two years working with the football, men's and women's basketball, and wrestling teams at UT-Chattanooga. Lokey was the first head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Manager at Webber International University, where he was responsible for the 19-sport Warriors program, designing and implementing workout programs for all sports. Lokey received his bachelor's degree in Recreational Administration with minors in Biology and Coaching from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., in December of 2006. He played football for two years at CMU, before spending four years of honorable military service in the Marine Corps, prior to completing his scholastic-athletic endeavors. He earned a master's degree in Business Administration and Sport Management from Webber International in 2009. Lokey is also Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) and is recognized as an approved mentor by the CSCCa.Shane Lopes, CSCS, RSCCShane Lopes is currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Head Football Coach at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California. Students who train to enhance athleticism represent any of the following sports teams at the school: football, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, cross-country running, tennis, golf and basketball. Students who choose not to participate in a sport may satisfy their athletic requirement by joining the Strength and Conditioning Class. The top priority for all students is to reduce the likelihood of injury through sound practices of functional training. Aside from safety, the most important outcome each student can gain is an improved level of intrinsic motivation to lead physically active lives. The program also offers group fitness sessions each day for staff and faculty. Prior to Shane’s current positions at Laguna Blanca School, he taught P.E. at his alma mater, Dos Pueblos High School, and operated his own personal training company; “Lopes Training.” Lopes served as a Performance Coach Intern at Philippi Sports Institute (PSI) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The staff and program at PSI provided immeasurable guidance for him as a Strength & Conditioning Professional. “To this day, I still apply principles and methods in my coaching that I gained from Mark Philippi and his staff.” – Shane Lopes. At the end of the 2013 football season, Shane was voted as the Santa Barbara County Head Football Coach of the Year. Additionally, he and Laguna Blanca School’s strength & conditioning program were approved for NSCA’s Strength of America Award. Shane is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University.Ryan Maedel, CSCS, RSCCRyan Maedel is from Ontario, Canada and currently the Head Strength Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays Gulf Coast League team. He will be going into his second season coaching in professional baseball. In his first season, Coach Maedel was awarded strength coach of the year award in the GCL. Before the Blue Jays, he was an Assistant Strength Coach with the University of Virginia`s football team. He also spent 1.5 years in graduate school at Salisbury University as a Graduate Assistant to the Strength and Conditioning department under Coach Matt Nein. He has also coached as an intern at Clemson University and The University of Richmond`s football team in 2007.Joe Maher, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAWJoe Maher is employed at the University of Michigan as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Ice Hockey as and Women's Rowing. Before joining Michigan, Maher spent six years with Yale University as the Associate Head Strength and Conditioning coach. His team responsibilities while at Yale included men's and women's ice hockey, crew, baseball, field hockey and track and field. He has been a part of multiple IVY League, ECAC and National Championships teams during his tenure. Maher was also part of the coaching staff for the USA Hockey bronze medal-winning team during the 2011 World Junior Championships held in Buffalo, N.Y. Before Maher's tenure at Yale, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, implementing strength and conditioning services for Men's and Women's Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Baseball while assisting with Football. Coach Maher holds a Master's degree from LSU-Shreveport, where we was a graduate assistant in the USA Weightlifting Development Center and worked closely with Kyle Pierce, Ed.D., and the multiple Olympians and National Champions the Center has developed. He also has worked as an assistant sport physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee and holds certifications from the NSCA, USA Weightlifting and USA Hockey.Kyle Marandino, CSCS, RSCCKyle Marandino is currently a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach within the Boston Red Sox organization. He is a graduate of Springfield College, where he earned a BS degree in Exercise Science. Before starting his position with the Red Sox, Kyle interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of South Carolina working primarily with the football team. He also gained experience interning at Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut, where he worked with a variety of sports. In addition to his professional and collegiate experience, Kyle also spent time working at the high school level and within the private sector.Brandon Marcello, CSCS, RSCCBrandon Marcello is the Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University, where he oversees all aspects of athletic performance enhancement for 36 intercollegiate sports. With more than 16 years experience, Marcello has worked with the United States of America Softball team, EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance), the IMG Academies, top Division I teams, international sports federations, and a number of athletic apparel companies. Marcello's work appears regularly in various journals, textbooks, and periodicals.Steven Mason, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USATFSteven Mason is entering his third year as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for men’s/women’s Cross Country and men’s/women’s Track & Field teams at Lipscomb University. As a former 400/800m athlete competing at the NCAA Division I level, Coach Mason beings personal experience, as well as exceptional knowledge and expertise in the track and field arena of strength and conditioning. In 2012, he was selected as one of five candidates to receive the NSCA’s Assistantship scholarship, through which he began his career at Lipscomb University under the expertise of Coach John Hudy, RSCC*D. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and again in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science. He currently holds a CSCS and is certified through the FMS and USATF organizations.Brian Mattioli, CSCS, RSCCBrian Mattioli has been practicing as an S&C coach for the last 7 years. Brian started his S&C career as an assistant S&C coach at Trinity Western University, located in British Columbia Canada. Brian then moved to Colorado, where he started working with Colorado College NCAA Division 3 athletes as an Assistant S&C coach, while pursuing graduate school. Additionally, during Brian’s Graduate program he was able to intern at the NSCA and USOC. Brian prides himself with working with a variety of athletes such as: High school, Collegiate, Tactical, Olympic medalists, and Paralympic medalist. A few of the sports Brian has worked with are bobsled, judo, fencing, modern pentathlon, track cycling, wrestling, figure skating, hockey, skiing, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, pistol, shotgun, track and field ,speed skating, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and Paralympic: skiing, judo, and swimming. Brian resides in Colorado Springs, CO where he operates a S&C business called Alpine Strength.Joe McAuliffe, MS, CSCS, RSCC*EJoe McAuliffe is an internationally acclaimed professional trainer who has been training, educating and motivating athletes for the past 24 years. McAuliffe has been helping Shore Conference student-athletes, among scores of others, not only perform better but also significantly reduce injury risk. He is the Head Strength Coach at Red Bank Catholic High School and Sports Performance Training Director at Test Sports Club in Tinton Falls, NJ. McAuliffe’s proven program has consistently helped hundreds of high school students from many different schools in the Shore Conference develop the requisite athletic excellence and stamina needed to gain entrance into the colleges of their respective top choices. McAuliffe has assisted more than 300 D1 players earn athletic scholarships. His pragmatic and holistic program focuses on natural athletic development achieved through a combination of both immediately useful education and rigorous training in Power, Agility, Strength, Speed, Flexibility Restoration and Nutrition. Currently, five of McAuliffe’s alumni play in the NFL, two of whom went in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. His cutting-edge injury risk reduction program has also helped hundreds of female athletes stay healthy while performing at the highest level. McAuliffe practices what he preaches. He is a drug-free world record holder on the squat and bench press, winning nine USA National Championships and four World Championships. McAuliffe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from California State University and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Montclair State University. Since 1990, he has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and most recently was awarded the distinction of Emeritus for more than 20 years of certified training of student athletes.Bryan McCall, CSCS, RSCC*DBryan McCall has completed the Michael Johnson Performance (MJP) Mentorship Program under the leadership of Director Lance Walker which qualifies him to oversee the second Michael Johnson Performance Center in the world. He is currently the Director of Performance for SPIRE-MJP which is an authorized United States Olympic Training Center located in Geneva, Ohio. SPIRE institute is an academy level training center that offers 750,000 sq/ft of world-class training that offers a complete array of recreation, competitive and Olympic level training programs. Bryan holds a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association since 1999 and is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He worked at both SMU and Florida State as an assistant strength coach, took graduate level Sports Management courses at Florida State and has a decade of experience at the director level for sport performance facilities. Bryan has been a performance training coach for a total of 13 years. He is currently a member of the Cooper Clinic advisory board, NSCA-Ohio advisory board and a member of the Nike SPARQ performance network.Bradley McNamara, CSCS, RSCCBradley McNamara was born and raised in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, where, from the age of five, he played competitive hockey in the winter and competitive soccer throughout the summer. He has always been fascinated by the training side of sports, which led him to study a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he graduated in 2007. He knew he wanted to train elite-level athletes, so he packed his bags and moved across Canada on his own to pursue his dream. He began his role at Athletes Nation as a volunteer who wanted to learn about the philosophies and methodologies of training elite-level athletes and over time has progressed in the field and is now the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. In his three years at Athletes Nation, he has aided in the development of over 300 individual athletes, over 50 different elite-level teams, and just as many different Sports Academies.Michael Michelakis, PhD, MS, CSCS, RSCC*DMike Michelakis is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Niles Senior High School in Niles, Michigan. His Major Sports of emphasis are Varsity Football and Club Powerlifting. He has a BS in Exercise Science from Butler University; an MS in Kinesiology from Indiana University; and a Ph.D. in Human Performance and Health Promotion as well. Michelakis is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist. He has twice been a Finalist for the NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award. Niles H.S. is presently an NSCA Strength of America Award Winner.Jeff Mester, MS, CSCS, RSCCJeff Mester is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science - Fitness and a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science-Human Performance from UW-La Crosse. Mester is entering his eighth season as Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator with the Milwaukee Brewers. He previously spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and began his baseball career as an intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002.Dan Perlmutter, CSCS, RSCCDan Perlmutter is the Head Olympic Sports Performance Coach at Duke University. He oversees the athletic development of 23 men’s and women’s sports, and works directly with baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s fencing. Perlmutter has trained athletes at all levels of sport during his 13-year career, including Olympians in track & field and ice hockey; professional athletes in the MLS, MLB, NBA, and NFL; and collegiate all-Americans in a wide variety of sports. He has been a member of the NSCA since 2003.Christian Polega, CSCS, RSCCChristian Polega is entering his fourth year as a Strength Coach in Minor League Baseball; his first with the Cincinnati Reds (previously serving the last three years with the Milwaukee Brewers). Graduating from the UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Kinesiology (11) Christian had the opportunity to coach for the Midwest League Champions the following season (12). Following his years with the Milwaukee Brewers he had the opportunity to be a Professional Intern at the University of Montana (Fall/Winter 13/14) where he worked with (FB, MBB, WBB, Soccer, and Track & Field). Entering his first year with the Cincinnati Reds he will be coaching the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A).Lew Porchiazzo, MS, CSCS, RSCCLew Porchiazzo joined the University of Michigan Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning staff as a graduate assistant in August 2009. He was then promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach for Olympic Sports in December 2011. Porchiazzo is responsible for the program design and implementation for field hockey, softball, women's gymnastics, and women's rowing. Prior to arriving at Michigan, Porchiazzo completed an internship at Baylor University in the summer of 2009, where he assisted with football, women's soccer, and women's tennis. He also completed a five-month spring 2009 internship with the United States Olympic Committee at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the OTC, he worked with a variety of sports. Porchiazzo earned his BS in exercise science from William Paterson University in May 2009; and his MS in exercise physiology from Eastern Michigan University in December 2011. He was a two-time recipient of the Donald R. Shepherd Graduate Coaching Fellowship and the 2011 NSCA Student Assistantship. He is certified by the NSCA as a CSCS; the CSCCa as a SCCC; and USAW as a Sports Performance Coach.
James Prendergast, RSCCJames Prendergast currently works with 5 teams at Hofstra University. His primary teams are Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Wrestling, Baseball and Volleyball. Prendergast handles all of the programming for strength, speed, agility, conditioning and mobility for all 5 teams. He has been a part of 3 conference championships and numerous NCAA appearances. He has also worked with numerous All American and professional athletes. Prendergast has worked under Allison Bradshaw, Scott Wilks, Brandon Beach and Joe Staub, all of whom have taught me something new about the field and about coaching. Each coach has their own coaching style which has helped mold Prendergast into the coach he is today. Prendergast looks forward to adapting and learning as the field of strength and conditioning expands into the future.Caitlin Quinn, MS, CSCS, RSCCCaitlin Quinn is an Assistant Strength and Speed Coach at Florida State University, working with Women’s Volleyball and Softball. Quinn is a graduate of Springfield College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science. She began her time at Florida State in 2007 as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Upon graduating from FSU with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration, Quinn was hired as a full-time Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at FSU. Quinn has spoken with the FSU Strength and Conditioning staff at the NSCA State Clinic in 2011, as well as on her own at Valdosta State University NSCA State Clinic in 2012. Aside from having the privilege of working with two highly-successful nationally-ranked teams, Quinn also teaches an undergraduate Strength and Conditioning course at FSU; as well as assisting supervisor Jon Jost in teaching a leadership course within the Sports Sciences Master’s program. Consistent post-season appearances; five ACC championships between her two sports; and trips to the NCAA Softball Super Regionals and the NCAA Volleyball Semi-finals pale in comparison to the relationships Quinn has built with her teams, sport coaches, and fellow strength coaches.
Tim Rodmaker, RSCCTim Rodmaker is entering his 10th season with the Chicago White Sox. Tim has served as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Rookie Ball, Low A, High A, and Double A level. During the winters he has worked with MLB Europe (French and Swedish Developmental Teams), US Paralympic Alpine Ski Team, and various private sports performance companies. Tim is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Also holds CPR, First Aid, CSCS, and USA Weightlifting certifications. Josh Robertson, MS, CSCS, RSCCJosh Robertson has six years of full time strength coaching experience on the NCAA Division-I Level at Wofford College and Appalachian State University. He was the head strength coach for all sports at Wofford College. At Appalachian State University, Robertson was the assistant director of speed, strength & conditioning for the 2006 & 2007 Division-I Football National Champions and the head football strength coach for the 2009 Southern Conference Champion. During his four-year stint at Appalachian State University the Mountaineers won four straight Southern Conference Championships in football with a conference record of 26-2 and beat the Michigan University Wolverines in what some considered the all-time upset in the history of football. Robertson has coached 28 NCAA Division 1 FCS All Americans and he coached the only two-time Walter Payton Award Winner in football. He also has three years coaching experience as an assistant basketball coach at the NAIA and Junior College levels.Jordan Sabourin, RSCCThis is Jordan’s second full season with The Detroit Pistons. His role with the team includes assisting with designing and implementing basketball-specific strength and conditioning, injury-prevention, and nutrition programs for each individual athlete. Prior to working with the Pistons, Jordan was the Head Strength Coach for Turk Telekom Basketball Club in Ankara, Turkey and also spent time in the private sector training athletes as well as working with the Detroit Compuware Hockey Organization. Jordan is a former pro athlete and has a lifetime passion for athletics, health and fitness. After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Oakland University, he signed a pro basketball contract in Germany. He also played for the Canadian National Team. After ending his overseas pro basketball career, Jordan began focusing on his career in Strength and Conditioning. Jordan has a master’s degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA as well as a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, and a Speed and Explosion Specialist from the NASE.Matt Saitz, MS, CSCS, RSCCMatt Saitz serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Webster University located in St. Louis, Missouri, and has held this position since 2011. He currently oversees the development and implementation of proper physical preparation protocols for all 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Prior to accepting the position at Webster, Saitz served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves Professional Baseball Organization from 2008-2011, assisting in designing, implementing, and overseeing the strength and conditioning program and protocols for all Atlanta Brave minor league affiliates. He simultaneously served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Gulf Coast League Braves, a rookie level affiliate located at their spring training facility in Orlando, Florida. Saitz graduated from Missouri State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Wellness. While at Missouri State he served as a student strength and conditioning volunteer in 2006 and was invited to be a guest student strength and conditioning coach at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, for their “Strength and Speed” Clinic. Saitz is currently in pursuit of his Master’s Degree in Education from Webster University.
Daniel Schaefer, RSCCDaniel Schaefer is in charge of program design for men’s and women’s cross country, sand volleyball, and track and field. Since becoming the director of strength and conditioning in the fall 2014, he has brought new flare to the strength and conditioning department. As director, Schaefer’s mission is to integrate science and technology to increase sport performance, create individualized workout prescriptions, and provide an unrivaled student-athlete experience. Kevin Schultz, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USATF-1Kevin Schultz currently serves as the Director of Sports Performance at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a position which he has held since June of 2011. Prior to arriving at UW-L, Schultz served as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA from 2008 – 2011. Schultz received his Master’s degree from UW-L in Exercise & Sports Science Human Performance in 2008 and his undergraduate degree from UW-L in Exercise & Sports Science Teaching in 2006. Schultz is also currently licensed by the state of Wisconsin as massage therapist, certified as a kinesiotape practitioner, active release therapy provider, certified sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, corrective exercise specialist and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a level one club coach and sports performance coach through USA-Weightlifting, and is USATF level 1 and holds a technical certification through the USATFCCa.Rob Schwartz, MS, CSCS, RSCC*DRob Schwartz is a Strength and Conditioning Contractor with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He spent the previous four years as the Director for Strength and Conditioning for eight Olympic Teams; focusing on the sports of Boxing, Wrestling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Synchronized Swimming, Taekwondo, Judo, and Diving. He is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for several professional Boxers, including Adrien Broner, 3x World Champion. Prior to joining the United States Olympic Committee as strength and conditioning coach in 2009 he served for three years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Northern Arizona University (2006-09). In his last year there seven of the 13 teams were conference champions and another two were runner-up. Rob’s strength coaching career began in 2000 at his alma mater Bowling Green State University; from there he took a position at the University of Houston (2002-03) where he also attained his Master’s in Health and Human Performance. Other stops have included the Cleveland Indians (2003), Tulane University (2003-04) and Velocity Sports Performance (2004-06), where he was the Director. Rob has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, USA Track and Field, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Also he is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association as well as the Young Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Matt Segura, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1Matt Segura is a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Michigan and is entering his second year. His team responsibilities include the program design and implementation for the cross country, pole vault, and throwing athletes. Matt also assists the Director of Strength and Conditioning with the implementation of the volleyball strength and conditioning program. Before joining the staff at the University of Michigan, he was the football strength and conditioning coach at Butte Junior College, where he also worked with the softball team in his last year at Butte. Prior to being hired at Butte, he completed an internship at Arizona State University, working primarily with football. However, he also assisted basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling. Matt also completed an internship at Butte, working with football, where the team won the State and National Championship. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from California State University – Chico and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. He currently holds a CSCS certification and a USAW – level 1 certification.John Sheffield, CSCS, RSCCJohn Sheffield joined Drexel Athletics as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in July 2012. He is directly responsible for the design and implementation of sport-specific programs for Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey, and Softball teams. Before accepting the position as Assistant, Sheffield was a Graduate Assistant for the Dragons from June 2011 to June 2012. Prior to his stint at Drexel, Sheffield has volunteered at both East Carolina and Elon Universities in their Strength and Conditioning departments. Sheffield graduated from East Carolina University with bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He also holds an Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification and continues to compete in Olympic Weightlifting.Barry Shillabeer, RSCC, CSCSBarry Shillabeer is a senior strength and conditioning coach work at Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar. The current sports being coached are elite youth squash players, swimmers, fencers and golfers. This academy is, by essence, designed to develop selected youth performers into internationally ranked athletes. Previously Barry has been employed as a senior strength and conditioning coach at the English Institute of Sport working for two Olympic cycles through Beijing 2008 and the London 2012 games. He has been the national lead for British Swimming and been two-time appointed Olympic S&C coach working with the national team supporting elite athletes who went on to win Olympic gold and bronze medals. Barry has also been involved with track and field working most notably with sprint and middle distance athletes who have won medals at the European championships and Commonwealth games. Alongside this role there has also been involvement in rugby, junior and senior elite tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Barry is an accredited strength coach with CSCS and ASCA (Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach- UK) status since 2003.Courtney Shinost, MS, CSCS, RSCCCourtney Shinost (formerly May) was the Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach at the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion (1st MSOB) at Camp Pendleton, CA. While there she was responsible for developing mission-specific strength and conditioning programs for Operators and support personnel which were geared toward improving strength, power, endurance, and skill. Additionally, Courtney was responsible for completing baseline testing and data analysis. Courtney holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science/Health Fitness from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA and a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA. While at San Diego State University, Courtney was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and softball. Currently, Courtney is pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. After graduating she plans to return to coaching as well as provide rehabilitation needs as a Physical Therapist to athletes.Aaron Short, MS, CSCS, RSCCAaron Short is finishing his last GA year with Eastern Michigan University programming for wrestling, swim/dive, gymnastics, while assisting with football and basketball. Pursuing higher education was an important step in the professional advancement of Shorts career, and he is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology through EMU. Short is currently on the advisory board for the Michigan State NSCA. Most recently he spoke at the 2014 Michigan State NSCA clinic. As the Assistant Director of strength and conditioning at the University of Detroit Mercy, Short worked directly with both basketball programs, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse track and field, and both tennis programs, while assisting with the Titan men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams. He was first appointed Assistant director in April 2012 after spending the fall of 2011 as strength and conditioning assistant coach. While in this capacity he was responsible for tennis, cross country, and track and field teams.
In April 2010, Short had the privilege of interning with Eastern Michigan’s football and basketball programs during the summer of 2010.
Prior to arriving in Detroit Metro, MI, Short spent 2008-2011 as volunteer and eventually Head of Strength and Conditioning for football and assisting basketball at Rochester Community & Technical College. Additionally, Short spent a short time as an intern at the University of Minnesota working with football.
Short attended Goshen College and obtained his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Physical Education (business, education, psychology). While running track & field (NAIA), Short competed in the 4x100 and open 400 in 1999/2000. Aaron holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) and (RSCC), USA Weightlifting (Level 1), and Red Cross while pursuing the Strength & Conditioning Coach’s Certification (expected 2015).Andrew Slorp, CSCS, RSCCAndrew Slorp has been a Minor League Baseball S&C coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2010. He has worked at the Rookie level, Low A level, and currently with the AA team in Mobile Alabama. Before working with the D-Backs, Andrew worked at Explosive Performance in McLean VA. At EP, Andrew was the Site Director of Performance Training where he oversaw and directly trained hundreds of youth athletes in many sports.Steve Smith, MS, CSCS, RSCCDr. Steve Smith, a 1997 LC graduate, is the strength and conditioning coach for Lynchburg College. Smith was named to the position in the summer of 2012 after serving the College in various capacities the last 15 years. Smith will be responsible for the strength and conditioning for all of Lynchburg College’s 21 athletic teams. He will supervise strength training, counsel coaches, supervise workouts and design sport-specific strength and conditioning programs. Smith is an associate professor of health and physical education at Lynchburg. He earned his master's degree from LC and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Smith is on the state advisory board for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is also the co-chair of the sport and exercise psychology special interest group for the NSCA. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and club coach certified from USA Weightlifting. Smith served as an assistant coach for 14 seasons with various teams before taking over head golf coaching duties in 2010.David Snedden, RSCC, CSCSDavid Snedden is with the Minnesota Twins as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach, with the Low-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels. Prior to working for the Twins, Snedden spent one season with the Colorado Rockies as the Minor League Strength Coach for the Tri-City Dust Devils Short Season A affiliate. Snedden interned at North Carolina A&T State University, where he worked directly with baseball, softball and tennis. Snedden started his career as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southeast Missouri State University, where he worked directly with softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball and assisted with men’s basketball, baseball and football.Craig Sowers, MS, CSCS, USAW-1In Coach Sowers’ 20th year as strength and conditioning coach finds him as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports at NC State University. There his responsibilities include performance development for women’s basketball, women's soccer and men's and women's swimming and diving teams, as well as assisting in the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of the unit. Sowers’ experienced career began in 1993 when he was a student assistant on The University of Akron's strength and conditioning staff until 1996. Craig relocated to the west coast from 1996-2000 to become an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UCLA and was in charge of men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's track and field, and men's and women's soccer, and assisted with football. During that time he was associated with NCAA championships with men's soccer and women's water polo. In 2000-03, Sowers headed to El Paso accepting the position of head strength and conditioning coach at UTEP, overseeing all aspects of speed, strength and conditioning for the University's 17 NCAA varsity sports and approximately 350 athletes. While Coach Sowers’ directed the strength and conditioning program for football they won the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2000. Coach then left the college ranks for seven years taking strength and conditioning to the private sector His first stop was at Velocity Sports Performance in Ohio and Irvine, California from 2003-2007. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of speed, power and strength development for athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level. He served on the Sports Performance Directors Advisory Council during that time and was its chairman in 2006 and 2007. Staying in the private sector, from 2007-2008 Craig served as the director of human performance for Akron General Sports Performance in Stow, Ohio. Returning for a second stint, Coach Sowers was named the assistant head coach for athletic performance at UCLA (2008-11), where he assisted with football and designed and implemented their speed program. He also had complete oversight of training for the men's volleyball and women's soccer squads. Sowers joined the Wolfpack after spending 2011 at his alma mater, The University of Akron, where he served as the director of strength and conditioning for football. Coach Sowers earned his BS degree in physical education from Akron in 1996 and was a member of the Zips' football team. He completed a master's degree in kinesiology from the UTEP in 2008, is SCCC certified, and has a CSCS and USAW Level I certification.Meg Stone, MA, CECE, RSCCMeg Stone, MA, FNSCA, is the Director of S.P.E.C. and the Assistant Track and Field Coach at East Tennessee State University. Coach Stone is a two-time Olympian that competed in the discus for Great Britain; she also competed for the University of Arizona and still holds the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record outdoors in both shot put and discus. With many years of collegiate coaching under her belt, Coach Stone served as the Coaching Manager for the United States Olympic Committee. Recently, she was presented with the prestigious “Legends in the Field Award” by the College Strength Coaches Association, the only woman to receive this honor. In July 2009, she received the honor of earning the NSCA Lifetime Achievement Award.Keith Swift, CSCS, RSCC, USAWKeith Swift currently coaches and implements a year-round, periodized, Olympic-based strength and conditioning program for 12 Division II sports teams in addition to the cheerleaders and dance squads at Stillman College. Using exercise prescription, assessment, and nutritional guidance, he helps athletes achieve success. He created the first strength program in Stillman’s history. Since then, the athletics program boasts of several All-SIAC athletes, All-Region athletes, four teams statistically ranked at the top in NCAA, six conference players of the year, and one national championship. He assists in rehabilitation and reconditioning of injured/post-surgery athletes as well as instructed an undergraduate course in weight training. Keith graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. While at Tennessee Tech, he played football for four years lettering all four years , and receiving captain status. Upon completion of his degree, Keith served as a student assistant strength coach at Tennessee Tech for one year prior to interning as strength & conditioning coach with the Seattle Mariners. During his three seasons with the Mariners he helped develop future major league baseball players. Keith also worked at one of the foremost sports performance companies, Parisi Speed School, specializing in enhancing athletes’ speed and agility. Keith is certified by The National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting (USAW) as a Sports Performance Coach, and Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (SCCC).Patrick Szpak, CSCS, RSCC, USAWPatrick Szpak is currently entering his first season as a Strength and Conditioning Coach within the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball organization. Before the Blue Jays, Patrick was a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Guelph and was responsible for Men's Rugby and Women's Basketball. He has also spent time as an intern within the University of Michigan Olympic Sports S&C Department and as an intern with the New York Jets. Patrick is certified through the NSCA as a CSCS and also holds his Level 1 USA Weightlifting Certification.Alex Tavarez, CSCS, RSCCAlex Tavarez is currently working as a strength and conditioning coach for the New York Mets Organization. Previously, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach for St. Leo University in Tampa, FL. Prior to that Tavarez worked at Power Sports Academy in Davie, FL. He received his degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Currently, he holds his USA Weightlifting Certification and his CSCS from the NSCA.
Christopher Thomason, RSCCThomason is a Minor League Strength coach for the St Louis Cardinals AA affiliate in Springfield MO. Thomason graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health promotion. Following an internship at the University of Wyoming, Thomason joined the Cardinals Strength staff as Strength coach with the rookie league Johnson City Cardinals. The following year Thomason held the same position with the Peoria Chiefs, Class A affiliate of the Cardinals. In between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Thomason worked as a volunteer coach for the University of Wyoming Sports Performance Program. During that time Thomason assisted with many sports including Football, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. Brian Thompson, CSCS, RSCC*DBrian Thompson has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Springfield College since the summer of 2010 and a full time faculty member since 1998. He previously worked at the University of Illinois from 1992-1998 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic and Olympic levels. He currently supervises the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College. Brian is also an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Graduate Strength and Conditioning program at Springfield College.Shannon Turley, CSCS, RSCC*DShannon Turley enters his seventh year at Stanford where he directs all sports performance efforts for the football program. Turley has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement, and mental discipline development. Turley was FootballScoop's 2011 Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year, and has earned significant credit from the Stanford coaching staff for his role in turning around a program that won a single game the year before his arrival to a program with three straight BCS bowl appearances. Turley’s player development program has been overwhelmingly successful with media attention being paid to his injury prevention system. Since his arrival on The Farm, the number of injuries has been dramatically reduced; from 2006 to 2012 the program has seen an 87 percent decline in games missed due to injury among players in Stanford’s two-deep. Remarkably, only two injuries in 2012 required season-ending or post-season surgical repair for the Cardinal. Prior to arriving on The Farm, Turley spent the 2006 campaign at the University of San Diego as Director of Athletic Performance for the Torero's 16 sport programs. Turley spent time at Missouri as a Graduate Assistant (2001-03) and Assistant Director (2003-05). During his stint in Columbia, Turley earned a Master's degree in education and counseling psychology with a concentration in sports psychology. Prior to his time with the Tigers, Turley was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning development of the Class-AA Wichita Wranglers (affiliate of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals) in the summer of 2001. Turley earned his bachelor's degree in science of human nutrition, foods and exercise from Virginia Tech in 2000, also earning a minor in chemistry. While with the Hokies, Turley served as president of the Exercise Science Student Organization and began his career in strength and conditioning as a student assistant coach following his track and field career. Turley is a certified member of the NSCA and the CSCCa, and a certified sports nutritionist with ISSN. Danny van Dijk, MS, CSCS, RSCC, ASCA-2, AWFDanny van Dijk currently serves as the Head of Strength and Performance at Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club in Sydney, Australia as well being an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NSW Waratahs Rugby Union u20 Academy. Furthermore, van Dijk is a qualified Physical Education teacher who is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at James Cook Boys High School. In his positions as Head of Strength and Performance and Head of Strength and Conditioning, Danny is responsible for the overall design and implementation of the entire year round strength and conditioning program as well as liaising with medical staff to oversee injury management, recovery and return to play protocols. At Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Danny is responsible for supervision of assistant strength coaches as well as interns at the club. Vvan Dijk earned a Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University under current NSCA President Dr. Greg Haff to go with his Bachelor of Physical Education degree. As well as being CSCS certified, Danny is an Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 2 Coach, Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Strength and Power Coach and FMS level 1&2 certified.Anthony Velazquez, MS, RSCC, CSCSAnthony Velazquez is in his 2nd season as a strength and conditioning coach within the Yankees minor league system. He is involved in all aspects of the strength and conditioning program. Velazquez assists with MLB/MILB during spring training, and implements year round S&C programs for an assigned affiliate during the course of the season. Previous experience includes University of Michigan, University of South Florida, University of Maryland, and Philadelphia Philles. Velazquez is a graduate of Central Michigan University (2006) with an undergrad degree in health fitness and preventive rehabilitation, and Masters from Oakland University in Exercise Science (2012). He holds his CSCS, USAW and FMS certifications.Adam J. Vish, MS, CSCS, RSCCAdam Vish is entering his third year as a Strength Coach in Minor League Baseball; his first with the San Francisco Giants (previously serving the last two years with the KC Royals). Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA., Adam earned his MS in Exercise & Human Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh (09). Last season while coaching with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Advanced-A Carolina League, Adam had the honor of being the recipient of the 2012 PBSCCS Carolina League Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year Award.Cory Walts, MS, CSCS, RSCCCory Walts has been Haverford College’s Fitness Center Director and strength and conditioning coach since 2007. He has worked in both the collegiate and professional ranks and has a wealth of experience and a strong background in the strength and conditioning field. Walts’ duties include designing and implementing sports specific athletic enhancement programs for the majority of Haverford’s varsity and club sports programs in addition to overseeing the health and fitness programs for the campus community. Walts graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca (N.Y.) College in 2005 with a major in clinical exercise science and a general business minor. Following internships with the strength and conditioning departments at Cornell University and the Buffalo Bills, he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2007. During his two years at College Park, Walts also worked with the Terps' strength and conditioning department. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for men's tennis and assisted with football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming. Since Walts’ arrival at Haverford, a number of teams and student-athletes have reached unprecedented heights at both the regional and national level. The recent success led to Walts becoming a finalist for the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award in 2014.JoHan Wang, MS, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, RSCC*D, ATC, PES, CESJoHan Wang is an Assistant Coach and Director of Athletic Performance for the Golden State Warriors Basketball Team. In this role, he is responsible for designing & implementing the team’s athletic performance programs, performance testing and evaluation, nutrition, recovery, as well as assisting in the rehabilitation of injuries. Wang earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of California - Davis and his Master of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Studies from Boise State University.Randy Wells, CSCS, RSCC*ERandy Wells is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for all sports at Emporia High School in Emporia, KS. He also teaches weight training classes at Emporia. His duties include programming, designing, and implementing strength and conditioning programs for a variety of sports. He has served as the NSCA state director of Kansas for 4 different terms. Coach Wells was also named the 2008 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.Greg Werner, MS, CSCS, RSCC*EGreg Werner became the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at James Madison University in 1995 after working as an assistant in the program the previous three years. In addition to coaching at JMU, Werner is the Kinesiology faculty instructor for the Concepts of Strength & Conditioning course. In the past 21 years, Werner has helped grow the JMU strength program from one assistant coach with two weight-rooms to the current program which has an additional Director of Football Strength & Conditioning, four assistant coaches, and several interns, with five weight-rooms, and three multi-purpose cardio/fitness rooms, totaling over 20,000 square feet. Before JMU, Werner was an assistant and taught classes for one year at the University of The Pacific. Werner received his MS in Exercise Science from JMU, and his BS in Human Performance from Austin Peay State University. Outside of the collegiate ranks Coach Werner has worked with several NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, and Olympic athletes. In 1999 Werner was selected as the NSCA’s CAA Professional of the Year and he has been a finalist for the National Professional of the Year a couple times. Coach Werner has served as the Strength & Conditioning specialist for the US Olympic Field Hockey team, has been the NSCA’s Virginia State Director, and an active speaker at the NSCA Sport Specific Training Conference, CSCS Symposium, and several other coach’s clinics and camps. In 2005 Coach Werner received the NSCA’s highest distinction of Coach Practitioner, and in 2006 he received the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association’s highest distinction of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. In 2011 Werner was voted on to the CSCCa’s Board of Directors. In addition to his coaching and teaching, Werner has published over 25 articles in various coaching journals and magazines. Additionally, Coach Werner owns and operates AthElite Strength & Conditioning Academy where he and his staff coach athletes ranging from 7th graders to Pro athletes.
Ken Wheeler, DPT, RSCC, CSCSKen Wheeler has been working with McMurry University as Strength Coach and High Altitude Trainer since 2011. His primary interests and research areas are with runners at the local Universities and with D1 Sports Training Center in Abilene, TX. Ken Wheeler graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Hardin Simmons University, and with a Diploma in Osteopractic in December 2014 from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, through which he is completing an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. Through the AAMT he is also certified in Dry Needling and Spinal Manipulation. Ken has published strength training guides for High School and College Coaches, and completed the USA Track and Field Level 1 Certification. He incorporates Hypoxico’s High Altitude Training into many of the group and individual strength and circuit type workouts for the athletes. He was a 4 time Academic All American runner at McMurry, recipient of the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship for Track, and the NSCA Challenge Scholarship. Ryan White, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1Ryan White is beginning his fourth season as a Performance Specialist in the Seattle Mariners Minor League organization and first year with the Jackson Generals. Ryan spent 2011 and 2012 in Everett, WA and 2013 with the Clinton Lumberkings. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Exercise Science and his Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas. In 2008, Ryan began his career as an Intern with the SMU football program. While attending Arkansas, Ryan continued interning with the Olympic Staff with multiple sports including Soccer and Track & Field. Ryan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a Level 1 Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.Megan Young, PhD, CSCS, RSCCMegan Young is currently in her fifth year at Auburn University and is directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the Tiger’s women’s soccer and women’s basketball programs. Coach Young serves on the Alabama NSCA State Board of Directors. Coach Young has worked with multiple SEC Conference and NCAA championship teams, as well as professional athletes. Megan is currently working towards a PhD of Adult Education at Auburn University.
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