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Andrew Althoff, CSCS
Andrew Althoff joined the Baylor University staff in February 2009 as the Assistant Director of Olympic Sports. Currently, he serves as Associate Director of Athletic Performance assisting with football, as well as, men’s and women’s track and field. He earned a Master’s degree in Education from Valdosta State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science with minors in Biology and Coaching from Loras College where he was a four-year letter winner in football. Upon completion of his collegiate athletic career, he spent two additional seasons at Loras as a student assistant coach with football, and strength and conditioning. Althoff has certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association®, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, USA Weightlifting, and is Functional Movement Certified.
John Berardi, PhD, CSCS
John Berardi is a founder of Precision Nutrition and sits on the Health and Performance Advisory Boards of Nike, Titleist, and Equinox. He has columns on Livestrong.com and TheHuffingtonPost.com. He was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest fitness professionals in the world. Each year, Berardi and his Precision Nutrition team coach small groups of trainers and coaches through the renowned PN: Level 1 and Level 2 certification programs.
Eric Biener, MA, CSCS
Eric Biener has been part of the University of North Carolina’s Olympic Sports Athletic Performance staff since 2005. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for the gymnastics, men’s golf, rowing, and men’s and women’s tennis teams; he also assists directly with the men’s soccer program. Biener earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in 2005 and his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 2007. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Donnell Boucher, MS, CSCS
Donnell Boucher is in his seventh year at The Citadel and was promoted to his current position of Assistant Athletic Director of Strength and Conditioning in May of 2013. He joined the staff as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach in April 2007 and took over as the head of the department one year later. Boucher holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) credential and is currently enrolled in The Citadel’s Graduate College of Social Sciences working towards his second Master’s degree. In December 2010, he completed his first Master’s degree in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science from The Citadel. Also, he graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts in 2005.
Luke Bradford, CSCS, RSCC
Luke Bradford is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Kansas baseball, swimming and diving, and volleyball teams. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist. He is also certified with USA Track and Field and USA Weightlifting. Bradford is in his fourth year at the University of Kansas after serving seven years in the private sector as the Sports Performance Director at Velocity Sports Performance and Xcel Performance and Fitness. In this role, he also worked closely with physical therapists on site to evaluate and develop long-term rehabilitative programs for athletes returning to full activity.
Jason Cole, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D
Jason Cole is in his fifteenth year as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic sports at the University of Michigan. His current responsibilities include development of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s soccer as well as the coordinator of the internship program. Cole came to Michigan after spending one year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Cole earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in 1991 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1996.
Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota since 2000. He has developed the strength and conditioning programs for hockey, basketball, golf, swimming, track and field, and baseball. During his tenure, Dietz has trained athletes who have achieved 500 All-American honors, 30 Big Ten/WCHA Championships teams, and 10 NCAA Team Champions. Also, he has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports.
Adam Feit, CSCS
After previously coaching at the Olympic, Division I, and NFL levels, Adam Feit is now the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training, Inc. (RYPT) located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. A former All-American Offensive Lineman for Springfield College, MA, Feit has earned his Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification through Precision Nutrition and his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also an active competitor in the sports of powerlifting, strongman, and Olympic weightlifting.
Brian Gearity, ATC, CSCS, RSCC, USAW, USATF
Brian Gearity is a professor of Sport Coaching Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a strength and conditioning coach at a Division 4A high school, the University of Tennessee, the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) team, and at John Carroll University. His research interests include the knowledge development of coaches and coach quality. Gearity served as Guest Editor for a special issue of the Strength and Conditioning Journal on the topic of coach education.
Jeremy Gentles, PhD
Jeremy Gentles is an Assistant Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. His primary interests include long-term athlete monitoring, injury reduction strategies in sport, acute/chronic biochemical responses to training, and the integration of sport technology in the athletic development process. He is also the founder of Sportably.com, a free web-based athlete monitoring system.
Guy Hornsby, PhD, CSCS
Guy Hornsby is currently a Visiting Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the College of Charleston. He received his PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). While at ETSU he served as an Applied Sport Scientist and a Strength and Conditioning Coach. His research interests include strength power adaptations to resistance training and athlete monitoring.
Matthew Krause, MA, ATC, CSCS, *D, RSCC*D
Matthew Krause is entering his 11th season in the Reds (MLB) organization. He spent his first two seasons as the organization’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to joining the Reds, Krause spent three years in the Pittsburgh system, where he served as the strength coach at Class A Hickory (2000) and then as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator (2001-2002). From 1997-2000, Krause was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Central Florida. He also worked as an intern with the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate at Daytona in 1999 and as a volunteer intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) during their minicamp in 1998. Krause earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University in 1997 and his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Wellness from Central Florida in 1999. He is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer. Krause sits on the Performance Committee for the NSCA and is a national speaker for the NSCA. Krause is also the Vice President of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS). He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Julia Ladewski, CSCS
Julia Ladewski is currently the Director of Parisi Speed School in Indiana and works with youth and adults. From 2002 to 2009, she was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Buffalo. Ladewski is also a professional powerlifter and an EliteFTS.com athlete and staff member. She is part of the Institutional Review Board for MusclePharm as well.
Loren Landow, CSCS, *D
Loren Landow is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. His goal is to maximize human performance, while decreasing the likelihood of injury. He has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Olympic medalists. Landow served as the strength and speed coach during the NFL lockout. These training sessions included over 30 players from the Denver Broncos, as well as, 45 players from other NFL teams. Landow has worked with over 30 NFL All-Pros and over 20 first-round draft selections in the NFL. He has presented on the national and international level in the performance field, and serves as a consultant for professional and collegiate teams across the country. Landow has developed the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) prevention program and ACL return to sport protocols for the world-renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, CO. His recent accomplishments include the publication of “My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team While Nobody is Watching.” This past summer he served as a strength and conditioning coach on the 16th season of the Ultimate Fighter reality television show for Team Carwin. Landow’s passion is assisting athletes to perform at their peak level on the competition field.
J. Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS
J. Bryan Mann has been a strength and conditioning professional for the past 14 years at the Division I level. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Missouri as well as being an Assistant Professor in the departments of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.Brandon Marcello, PhD, CSCS, USAW
Brandon Marcello was named the Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University in December of 2007. In this role, he oversees all aspects of athletic performance enhancement for 36 intercollegiate sports. Acting as the chief administrator for the Sports Performance department, Marcello’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to budget oversight, facility design and equipment layout, nutritional strategies, staff development, and to direct methodology. Marcello has over 16 years of experience in the area of athletic performance, most recently serving as the Director of Performance for USA Softball. Marcello was a co-founder of Athletes’ Performance in Tempe, AZ, a world-class training facility for professional and elite athletes. Prior to his work at the Arizona facility, Marcello was also a performance specialist at the International Performance Institute (IPI) of the IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL. Marcello’s work appears regularly in various journals, textbooks, and periodicals. He has served as a consultant to a lot of top Division I teams, international sports federations, as well as Adidas International, Under Armour, and Nike. Marcello holds a PhD in sports nutrition and certifications from the NSCA, NASM, and USA Weightlifting.James McFarland, MEd, CSCS, *D
Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS, *D
Ron McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the professional and collegiate levels, having worked with such professional organizations as the Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Berlin Thunder, and served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Tennessee (UT). Prior to UT, he spent 10 seasons with the University of South Florida. At South Florida, he coached 27 NFL Draft Picks and was the NSCA State Director for Florida. Currently, he is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Additionally, he has worked with seven All-Americans, numerous NFL free agents, and All-Conference selections. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of South Florida, and Bachelor degrees in Biology and Physical Education from Ottawa University. While at Ottawa University, he was a two-sport athlete earning All-Conference honors in football and track. He was also a two-time Academic All-American. McKeefery is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). In 2013, he was awarded the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) distinction by the CSCCA. He is a nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development, and was recently awarded the Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society.
Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS, *D
Greg Myer is currently the Director of Research and the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical. Myer has published more than 160 articles in peer reviewed medical journals and has published books and book chapters related to his research on the biomechanics of knee injury, sports performance, and knee injury prevention training. He is a member of and lecturer for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the National Athletic Training Association (NATA), as well as an invited lecturer to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Myer is currently serving as an International Consultant to the English Institute of Sport and as a Senior Research Advisor to the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Boston, MA.
Timothy Pelot, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Timothy Pelot is a Strength and Conditioning Physiologist for the United States Olympic Committee. Pelot has assisted in the physical preparation and development of national team athletes in the following sport disciplines: bobsled, skeleton, luge, alpine ski, aerial ski, freestyle ski, canoe, kayak, freestyle and greco wrestling, volleyball, track cycling, Judo, speed skating-short track, water polo, beach volleyball, swimming, and boxing. Recently he has assisted in the achievement of 2 Olympic Gold Medals (water polo and swimming), 1 Silver Medal (volleyball), and 1 Bronze Medal (swimming) in the London Olympic Games.
Lew Porchiazzo, CSCS, RSCC
Lew Porchiazzo is in his second year as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. He has been with the University of Michigan for five years. He is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the field hockey, softball, and women’s gymnastics teams. He earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from William Paterson University. A 2011 NSCA Student Assistantship recipient, Porchiazzo holds CSCS and RSCC credentials.
Colin Roberts, MEd, MS, CSCS, USAW
Colin Roberts is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the football team at Norman North High School (6A Oklahoma). He is responsible for developing year-round strength and conditioning programs. Before joining the staff at Norman North High School, Roberts was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Keys High School (3A Oklahoma), and he held a position as a Graduate Assistant in the Strength and Conditioning Department at the University of Tulsa. Roberts began his career as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Northeastern State University Rugby team in 2001.
Mike Robertson, MS, CSCS, USAW
Mike Robertson has helped clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their performance and physique-related goals. Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems, and co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, which was named one of the “Top 10 Gyms” in America by Men’s Health magazine in 2009 and 2010.
Daniel Schaefer, MS, CSCS
Daniel Schaefer joined the Florida State University (FSU) Strength and Conditioning staff in July 2012. He is responsible for the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for the track and field, cross country, and women’s tennis teams. Over the course of his time at FSU, Schaefer created a paperless strength program currently used by all varsity sports, improved Florida State’s exercise and testing database, designed the FSU Strength YouTube channel, and has and will continue to look to enhance the department’s use of technology to promote learning and technique mastery.
Gary Schofield Jr., ATC/L, CSCS, *D
Gary Schofield Jr. is entering his 19th year being accredited with an Athletic Trainer Certification through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Along with service as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Greater Atlanta Christian School, he is currently the NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator. He was the 2012 High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year and is a former NSCA Georgia State Director.
Sarah Snyder, MS, CSCS
Sarah Snyder is the Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida (UF) Athletic Department. Snyder provides nutrition services and programming at UF for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, and lacrosse. Prior to joining UF, Snyder worked at Athletes’ Performance for 4 years specializing in nutrition consulting for National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB) athletes during their off-season and consulted for the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA). She also studied biology at Santa Clara University and obtained her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Florida State University while serving as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the women’s volleyball team.
Marie Spano, MS, CSCS
Marie. A. Spano, MS, CSCS is the sports dietitian for the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves and works with a variety of athletes including NFL, PGA and NHL players through her company Spano Sports Nutrition Consulting, LLC. Spano is also a regular guest expert on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition (Human Kinetics Publishers) and a freelance journalist for FitnessRx for Women, as well as several trade publications. A three-sport collegiate athlete, Spano earned her masters in nutrition from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG) where she was a student athlete representative to the NCAA and scholarship cross country athlete.
Christina Specos, ATC, CSCS
Christina Specos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and a certification in massage therapy. Now in her third year as the Associate Director of Sports Performance for Purdue University, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the Mackey Arena facility. Specos is the Head Sports Performance coach directly responsible for yearlong programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning activities for the women’s basketball and volleyball programs and oversees women’s soccer and tennis. She also coordinates the Health and Kinesiology Department’s undergraduate clinical student and internship curriculum and practical experience for twenty students. Prior to her position at Purdue, she spent three years full-time in the private sector at Lightning Fast Training Systems in Pennsylvania and eight years at the prestigious Lawrenceville School in Princeton, NJ. Specos also worked with Lightning Fast’s National Football League (NFL) Combine Prep program and a private massage therapy practice working with some of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) players.
David Szymanski, PhD, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E
David Szymanski is an Associate Professor of Sports Performance and the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Board of Directors and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning Journal. He was formerly the Exercise Physiologist for the Auburn University baseball team for five years and a volunteer assistant baseball coach for two years. Before attending Auburn University, where he earned a Doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology, Szymanski was the Assistant Baseball Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the baseball team at Texas Lutheran University for five years. He has been involved in numerous research studies involving high school and college baseball players and has published many baseball research and training articles.
Kevin Vanderbush, MS, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E
Kevin Vanderbush is in his 30th year as the strength and conditioning coach for all sports at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN. He teaches an advanced weight training class that involves both strength training and athletic enhancement activities to athletes on all 20 boys and girls sport teams. Vanderbush has been named the “National High School Strength Coach of the Year” by American Football Monthly (2008), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (2007), and the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (2001). This will be his seventh opportunity to speak at the NSCA National and Coaches Conferences.
Randy Vanderbush, MS, CSCS
Randy Vanderbush is in his 21st year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Plainfield High School (1,400 students) in Plainfield, IN. While at Plainfield High School, he has grown the strength and conditioning program from an old classroom to a 7,000 square foot weight facility, 8,500 square feet of functional training space, and an adjacent 70 yard straightaway track. Plainfield High School has had unprecedented success with State Championships in both girls and boys sports as well as many individual State Champions in a conference where they have one of the smallest enrollment numbers.
Ken Wainwright, MS, ATC, LAT
With over 16 years of experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Ken Wainwright has spent the last 10 years as a Staff Certified Athletic Trainer at the University of Kansas. His current responsibilities include providing daily sports medicine coverage for the university’s baseball program, and overseeing the care for the women’s tennis program. He arrived at the University of Kansas after working for three-plus years at the University of Nevada with the football and baseball programs. In addition, he held positions at St. John’s University and the University of Oregon. Wainwright earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada and his Master’s degree from the University of Oregon.
Candice Walls, MSc
Candice Walls joined the Baylor University staff in August 2011 as Assistant Director Olympic Sports. Currently, she serves as Assistant Director of Olympic Sports overseeing soccer, softball, women’s golf, as well as men’s and women’s cross-country while assisting with track and field. She earned a Master’s degree in Health and Exercise Sports Science from The Citadel and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Exercise Promotion with a minor in Health from Berea College where she was a four-year letter winner in basketball. Walls also holds a certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Mark Watts, MS, CSCS, RSCC
Mark Watts is the Director of Education at EliteFTS.com. He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Watts has been working with college athletes in over 20 different sports at the Division I, II, and III levels for over 15 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to EliteFTS, he coached athletes at Denison University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Allegheny College, and Clarion University. He has also completed strength and conditioning internships at the University of Tulsa and Ohio State University. Watts is currently the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) State Director of Ohio.
Megan Young, MEd, CSCS, RSCC
Megan Young is in her sixth year at Auburn University. She was promoted to her current position as strength coach for women’s basketball and soccer in July 2010. As an intern at Auburn, she worked with championship teams in baseball, football, women’s soccer, and women’s basketball. A native of Durham, NC, Young came to Auburn after earning her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Baylor University. While at Baylor, Young worked directly with the football and basketball teams while assisting with other sports in speed, strength, and explosive training. Prior to her time at Baylor, she served as a strength and conditioning intern at her alma mater, University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from UNC-Wilmington, and was a four-year varsity athlete of the track and field team as a thrower. Currently, Young is working towards her Doctorate in Adult Education at Auburn University. Young is holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, and USA Track and Field.
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