A comprehensive list of the speakers presenting at National Conference 2013.

National Conference 2013 Speakers:

Jeff Aker, PT

Jeff Aker is a personal trainer, mentor, and educator based in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Calgary Dino’s baseball program.

Jamie Aslin, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Jamie Aslin is Team Leader of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Wellness Center, and Acting Group Leader of LANL Occupational Medicine. He has worked in the field of Corporate Wellness for the past 20 years, been a consultant with local Indian Pueblo Wellness Centers, and spent 5 years as an instructor for the Department of Exercise Science at Santa Fe Community College. He is an National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Certified Athletic Trainer, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, and a Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research (CIAR) Certified Health Promotion Director. Aslin has served the NSCA in many capacities, including New Mexico State Director, Southwest Regional Director, Chair of the State/Provincial Directors Committee, Vice-Chair of the Personal Trainer Special Interest Group, Membership Committee, and the CSCS® Exam Development Committee. In 2004, Aslin received the NSCA President’s Award in appreciation for his outstanding service to the association and dedication to excellence.

Dan Baker, PhD, CSCS

Dan Baker is a strength and conditioning coach for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League, the most popular sporting team in Australia, a position he has held for 19 years. He is President of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), holds an ASCA Level 3 coaching qualification and is one of the very few people to attain the ASCA Master Coach of Elite Athlete Strength and Conditioning status within their professional coaching structure. He attained his PhD at, and still is, an Adjunct Lecturer at Edith Cowan University. Baker has over 38 international peer-reviewed publications and an equal amount of domestic publications with the ASCA’s own journal. He is a sought after conference presenter and has lectured previously at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) conference in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He has also has been a member of the NSCA since 1987 and attained his CSCS® in 1988.

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD

Jenna A. Bell is a Chair-elect for the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bell is a nutrition communications consultant in New York City and the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Lifestyle, and Launching Your Dietetics Career. She is also the co-founder of and a 2-time Ironman competitor.

John Berardi, PhD, CSCS

John Berardi received his PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrient Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Texas. As an elite nutrition coach and exercise physiologist, Berardi has coached hundreds of elite amateur and professional athletes. In fact, in the last three Winter Olympics, his athletes have collected over 30 medals, 15 of them gold. In addition, he is a high performance nutrition consultant for Nike. Further, for the last five years, Berardi has acted as the Director of the world’s largest body transformation project. This one-of-a-kind fat-loss coaching program has produced more total weight loss than all seasons of “The Biggest Loser” combined.

Chris Berger, PhD, CSCS

Chris Berger is an exercise physiologist with the University of Indianapolis. He has been a CSCS-certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for over 10 years and specializes in the study of resistance training and its impact on metabolism and body composition. He has also earned the ACSM-HFS certification. 

Haley Bergstrom, MS

Haley Bergstrom is currently a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the direction of Dr. Terry Housh. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Doane College and completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her main research interests include the evaluation of cardiovascular, metabolic, neuromuscular, and perceptual responses during dynamic fatiguing exercise. 

Doug Berninger, CSCS,*D, RSCC, USAW

Doug Berninger received his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where he performed his final project on the EMG of the lower extremity during various squat types. He performed internships at Athletes’ Performance, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the Olympic training Center (Colorado Springs), and the University of Michigan, before joining the NSCA staff. He enjoys the strength sports and has competed in Weightlifting since 2007, having taken part in three Collegiate National Championships. 

Casey Bond, CSCS, USAW

Casey Bond is the strength and conditioning coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. He earned his Master’s degree in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology fromEastern Michigan University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Community Fitness with a minor in Nutrition from North Dakota State University. From January 2002 to August 2005 he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Northern Arizona University, and from September 1999 to January 2001 he was the Assistant Strength Coach at Eastern Michigan University.

Carmen Bott, MS, CSCS

Carmen Bott holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). She has over 17 years coaching experience and owns the website Bott also teaches Kinesiology at the post-secondary level and is a certified kettlebell instructor with the RKC. She is known as a detail-oriented coach who prides herself on creating an optimal learning environment.

Brian Brabham, PhD, CSCS

Brian Brabham is an Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB). A former decathlete at Baylor University, he began his career as a high school science teacher and coach. In his current role at UMHB, he works with students to help prepare them for careers in strength and conditioning, exercise science, and physical therapy. 

Lee Burton, PhD, CSCS

Lee Burton is currently the Director of Athletic Training at Averett University. He is the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems a consulting and education organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University, and his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Burton received his Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He has presented on numerous sports medicine topics nationally and internationally at various sports medicine and personal training symposiums. He has authored book chapters and articles in a variety of sports medicine journals and produced instructional videos concerning functional applications for treatment, assessment and conditioning of active individuals. He is currently consulting with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement. He is currently the Program Director for Athletic Training at Averett University. 

Bill Campbell, PhD, CSCS

Bill Campbell is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida where he directs the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory. Campbell has published over 100 scientific abstracts and papers related to sports nutrition and enhancement of sports performance. He has also authored/edited two sports nutrition books. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). 

Sam Caucci

As the Founder/Principal for Sales Huddle Group, Caucci has dedicated his entire career to the sports and fitness industry. With a wealth of passion and sales experience, he has managed and coached sales and negotiation for sports performance training facilities, health clubs, professional sports agents, sports franchise owners, and hundreds of elite athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS. Caucci has been a guest lecturer in the areas of sports sales at several universities and organizations across the globe, as well as been featured on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, Selling Power, and CNBC.

Bret Contreras, MA, CSCS

Bret Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® and Certified Functional Movement Screen Expert. He has over 13 years of experience working as a certified personal trainer. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s degree from Arizona State University. He is currently attaining his PhD at the Auckland University of Technology, where he is also scheduled to teach Biomechanics courses.

Joel Cramer, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA

Joel Cramer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Creighton University and completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Exercise Physiology at the Unveristy of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cramer studies the safety and efficacy of nutritional supplementation as well as neuromuscular fuction across the lifespan. 

John Cronin, PhD

John Cronin is a Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University in Australia. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, with his research focused on strength and conditioning for injury prevention and improved sports performance. Cronin has been involved in the preparation of world champion athletes and teams and he now spends most of his time supervising students and consulting to a number of national and international sporting organizations.

Pat Cullen-Carroll, MEd, CSCS, USAW

Pat Cullen-Carroll is a retired physical education teacher at Nicolet Middle School in Banning, CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®, and is a certified International Coach through USA Weightlifting. He was a physical education teacher for 37 years, 27 at the middle school level. Cullen-Carroll is the Chair of the Executive Board of the Youth Special Interest Group of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is on the Coaches/Education Committee of USA Weightlifting.

Craig Elder, CSCS, CSPS

Craig Elder been involved academically in undergraduate athletic training education and undergraduate and graduate strength and conditioning curriculums for the past 16 years. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he supervises the undergraduate and graduate strength and conditioning curricula. Clinically, he has worked as a collegiate and high school athletic trainer, is currently the athletic trainer and strength coach for USA ParaArchery, and serves as an athletic trainer with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) medical staff for Paralympic multisport events.

Mike Favre, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, USAW

Mike Favre, the NSCA 2011 College Strength Coach of the Year, has been the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at the University of Michigan since 2009. During his 17 years in the field, Favre has held positions at the United States Olympic Committee, Scottish Institute of Sport, Temple University, La Salle University, the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team, and Arizona State University. He is also a combat veteran with the U.S. Army in the infantry.

Andrew Galpin, PhD

Andrew Galpin is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at California State University-Fullerton. He has a Doctorate in Human Bioenergetics and has presented his data numerous times across the world and in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is also the Editor of the “Point/Counterpoint” column in the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. Galpin has also been highly successful both competing and coaching in a variety of sports such as weightlifting, football, and MMA across youth, collegiate, and professional rankings.

Nick Grantham, MSc, CSCS, ASCC

Nick Grantham is a founding member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Associaiton (UKSCA) and an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC). Grantham’s career spans four Olympic cycles. He is recognized as a specialist in athletic preparations and has a wealth of knowledge in the physical preparation and injury rehabilitation of high performance athletes at the most elite levels; including professional sport, Olympic, Commonwealth, European, and World Championship standards. 

Jessica Graziano, DPT, PT, CSCS

Jessica Graziano is a physical therapist at Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she played for their Division I softball program. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at New York University in 2007. Her clinical and research interests are the young athlete and injury prevention. She has lectured and had work published on the topic of the young athlete and special considerations, the young overhead athlete, as well as ACL injury prevention in the young athlete. 

Mike Greenwood, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA

Mike Greenwood is currently a Full Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as a Research Associate in the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts primarily in the research constructs of sport/exercise nutrition, athletic performance and strength and conditioning. A Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), ISSN and ACSM, Greenwood has served as a NCAA athletic head coach as well as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach for baseball as well as men’s and women’s and basketball. During his lengthy NSCA tenure, he has also served on a variety of organizational team affiliates which most recently include the Certification, Research and Education Committees. In 2004, he was an honored recipient of the NSCA Educator of the Year Award.


Fritz Hagerman, PhD

Fredrick “Fritz” Hagerman was a professor of zoology and physiology at Ohio University from 1967 until 2001 and an adjunct since 2001. Prior to arriving at Ohio University, he spent time at Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and at the University of Otago in New Zealand. As a professor, he has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical courses in anatomy and physiology. Hagerman’s research interests focus on respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, and metabolic responses to exercise. He is a member or fellow of several organizations related to the fields of exercise science and physiology.

Disa Hatfield, PhD

Disa Hatfield is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Kinesiology. Hatfield earned her first Master’s degree in Psychology at Antioch University in California and her second in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. She also earned her PhD from the University of Connecticut. Hatfield’s research interests include the hormonal responses to resistance exercise, the role of supplementation and resistance exercise, children and exercise, and the weight loss and health benefits of differing diets in combination with resistance training. Her current research focuses on enhancing athletic performance through various training modalities, and the role of whey protein supplementation on health markers. She is also a 3-time National Champion Powerlifter and former American Bench Press record holder. She is an active participant of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), recently joining the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research editorial board as a Senior Associate Editor.

Steven Hertzler, PhD, RD, LD

Steve Hertzler is presently a Senior Research Scientist at Abbott Nutrition. Prior to joining Abbott, Hertzler was a faculty member at the Ohio State University in the Division of Medical Dietetics in the School of Allied Medical Professions and the Department of Human Nutrition. Steve is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Central park Dance Skaters Association (CPDSA), and the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association (SCAN).

Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D

Rick Howard earned his Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University in School Leadership and his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Exercise Science. He is actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he serves on the Youth Special Interest Group as a founding member and Immediate Past-Chair, as well as the Vice-Chair of the NSCA State Provincial Director Committee where he is the Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator overseeing strength and conditioning clinics in seven states. Howard also is actively involved with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, where he serves as Immediate Past-Chair of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Sport Steering Committee and the Chair of the Let’s Move in School Advisory Committee.
Howard is an Adjunct Instructor in exercise science/strength and conditioning at Delaware State University, Neumann University, Rowan University, Temple University, and West Chester University. His primary interest is presenting concepts of pediatric exercise science and active learning to sport coaches, physical education teachers, and those who wish to improve the lives of our young people.

Mary Hums, PhD

Mary Hums was a NASSM Earle F. Zeigler Lecturer, Erasmus Mundus Visiting International Scholar in Belguim, and represented the U.S. at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece. Hums worked the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Athens, and Vancouver. She contributed to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is also an inductee to the Indiana Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Softball Hall of Fame. 

John Ivy, PhD, FACSM

John Ivy is a prominent scientific researcher in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. He is former chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas-Austin. Currently, John serves as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Texas in Austin and is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Joel Jamieson

Joel Jamieson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports. He has more than eight years of experience working with many of the top fighters from all over the world and has trained over 30 of the biggest names in mixed martial arts (MMA), including eight world champions. He has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Pride Fighting Championships (FC), Dream FC, and worked as a consultant for countless top-level teams and organizations including U.S. Special Forces. Jamieson is the founder of, author of the highly acclaimed book, “Ultimate MMA Conditioning,” and creator of the BioForce HRV Training Management System. He is a highly sought-after speaker and is a regularly featured contributor to Fight! Magazine, Fighting Fit (UK), Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, and his training programs and articles have been featured in a variety of online and print media around the world.


Ian Jeffreys is a Senior Lecturer in strength and conditioning at the University of Glamorgan, and the Proprietor and Performance Director of All-Pro Performance, a performance enhancement company based in Brecon, Mid Wales. A highly experienced coach, he has worked for over 20 years with numerous athletes and teams from a range of sports and at all levels from juniors to professionals. A former professional rugby player, Jeffreys is the author of “Gamespeed,” “Total Soccer Fitness,” “the Coaches Guide to Enhancing Recovery,” “NSCA’s Speed Training Text,” and has contributed book chapters to a number of publications including “the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.” He has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals internationally, and given keynote presentations at conferences around the world. Jeffreys is the Editor of Professional Strength and Conditioning, the UKSCA’s professional journal, and an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He is on the Board of Directors for the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Associaiton (UKSCA) as well as an accredited member, a certification assessor, and coach educator with the organization. He directs the Talented Athlete Development program for Powys in Wales, directs the athletic development program for Cardiff City Football Club Academy, is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and was the 2006 NSCA High School Professional of the year.

Margaret Jones, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Margaret Jones is an Associate Professor, Kinesiology Program Director, and an affiliate of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research Testing Laboratory at George Mason University. Previously, as Springfield College’s Director of Strength and Conditioning, she supervised programming for 500 collegiate athletes. Additionally, she has trained scholastic and international athletes. Previous NSCA honors include 2008 Educator of the Year, 2006 Silver award, and 1999 Bronze award. Her research interest are sport science, resistive exercise, and power development. 

Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E

Joe Kenn has been an active Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1986. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) since 1990, he was named the NSCA 2002 National Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. He was the 2000 Professional of the Year for the Mountain West Conference as well as the 1998 Professional of the Year for the Big West Conference. Kenn earned emeritus status as a Registered Strength and Conditioning coach in 2012. He has served the NSCA as a State Director in Idaho, Arizona, and Kentucky. He received the Bronze award from the NSCA Certification Agency in 1999. Kenn is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He has led programs on the collegiate level at Boise State, Utah, Arizona State, and Louisville. Kenn has been published numberous times and has authored two books, “The Coach’s Strength Training Play Book” and “Push, Jump, Punch: A Developmental Process of Teaching Athletes the Power Clean.”

Morey Kolber, PhD, PT, OCS, CSCS

Morey Kolber is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Department of Physical Therapy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is board certified in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He was recently co-editor for the Sports Medicine special issue of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. His research on shoulder disorders has been featured in numerous refereed journals and nationally circulated magazines. 

Cindy M. Kugler, MS, CSCS, CSPS

Cindy Kugler is currently employed by the Bryan Health System in Lincoln, NE. She has worked as an exercise specialist for cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, a department manager, and is currently the LifePoint Clinical Liaison. She has assisted with lifestyle modification for those with chronic disease and worksite health promotion for her organization and others. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is currently the Chair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Special Populations Specialist (CSPS) certification committee.

Loren Landow, CSCS

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.

Douglas Lentz, MS, CSCS,*D, USAW

Douglas Lentz is the Director of Fitness and Wellness for Summit Health in Chambersburg, PA. He competed in the sport of weightlifting in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is also an active coach for the East Coast Gold weightlifting program, which is the largest and most successful weightlifting team in the country. Since his graduation from Penn State University in 1981, Lentz has trained professional, Olympic, collegiate, high school, and adolescent athletes. Lentz has been a certified weightlifting coach with USA weightlifting since 1990. Lentz has utilized weightlifting movements as an integral part of his athletes’ training programs for over 20 years. Also, Lentz was the Pennsylvania State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 1992 to 1998. He received the NSCA President’s Award for outstanding service to the NSCA in 1998 and 2006. He is also the NSCA Conferences and Special Programs Coordinator, a role that he has had since 2001. In this role, Lentz has had the fortune of working with many of the top performance training experts from all over the world. In 2008 and 2009, he traveled to China to lecture and instruct athletes, coaches, and coaching directors at the Shanghai Technical Sports Institute. Also in 2009, he was chosen to present at the NSCA European Conference which was held at the Netherlands Olympic Training Center in Arnhem.

Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT

Robert Linkul is the NSCA’s Southwest Regional Coordinator. Linkul has a Master’s degree in Personal Training and has the NSCA-CPT® and CSCS® with Distinction certifications. He is the Strength and Fitness Director at Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa and mentors CPTs. He trains over 125 clients per week and has had tremendous success collaborating with physical therapist Tony Mikla, in Sacramento, CA. Their ability to bridge the gap between CPTs and PTs has drastically improved the quality of life for many of their clients.

Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D

Rhodri Lloyd is currently a lecturer in physiology and health at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development, and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning resistance training adaptations in youth. He is a member of the Executive Council for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Youth Training Special Interest Group. He is also an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC)

Sean Marohn, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D

Sean Marohn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University-Chico, and a Master of Science degree in Human Performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. During his Master’s program at Tennessee, Marohn was a graduate assistant strength coach working with baseball and football, where in 2001 the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team went to the College World Series. He worked with the Milwaukee Brewers (Rookie Ogden, 2001), the Pittsburgh Pirates (Rookie Williamsport, 2002), and then spent two seasons as the strength and conditioning coach with the Cincinnati Reds (AAA Louisville, 2003 – 2005). Since 2005, he has worked as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.

Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Patrick McHenry is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO. He designs the lifting and speed/agility programs for all the weightlifting classes as well as works with the school’s 20 varsity sports. McHenry earned a Master’s degree is in Physical Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with Distinction with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also a Certified Club Coach with USA Weightlifting. McHenry has worked with athletes from youth to the elite-level in a wide variety of sports. He has presented at international and national strength coaches and physical education conferences. He is published in books, journals, internet manuals, and videos.

Mal McHugh, PhD

Malachy “Mal” McHugh received his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1999 from the University of Wales, Bangor. Since 1999, McHugh has been the Director of Research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He leads a multidisciplinary research team that includes orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, biomechanists, medical engineers, and athletic trainers. The research encompasses areas such as randomized clinical trials in orthopaedic sports medicine, injury epidemiology, and basic and applied research in nutrition, physiology, and biomechanics. McHugh is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM), an associate Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at New York University and has also held teaching positions in the Department of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University and the Department of Physical Education at Hunter College in New York City. McHugh is on the Editorial Board for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. He has been a consultant with the New York Rangers hockey team since 2000. Some of his research interests include exercise-induced muscle damage, musculoskeletal flexibility, and orthopaedic sports injuries injury and rehabilitation. McHugh has more than 100 publications in the sports medicine and exercise science literature.

Larry Meadors, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D RSCC*E

Larry Meadors was named State High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2002 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National High School Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2003, and was awarded the NSCA President’s Award in 2007. Meadors was inducted into the Minnesota Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in 2008. This will be Meador’s 50th year as a teacher and a coach.

Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D

Don Melrose is an exercise physiologist and Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), and former Division I Head and Assistant Strength Coach. He oversees the sport physiology lab for the Department of Kinesiology. Currently, he serves as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Texas State Director. He has published and spoken nationally on the topic of the Internet and steroids, and has spoken to thousands of students and athletic groups on this topic. 

Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, CSCS

Arianne Missimer has spent the past 14 years in the fitness and nutrition industry, specializing in performance enhancement and injury prevention. She owns and operates CORE Fitness and is the Clinic Director and Golf Performance Program Director at Kinetic Physical Therapy. She strongly adheres to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that seamlessly integrates all aspects of optimal performance and overall health. She also holds the RKC certification. Her personal goal is to bridge the gap between physical therapy and performance.

Jeremy Ng, MD

Jeremy Ng, MD is currently a primary care sports medicine physician at Coastal Orthopedics in Bradenton, Florida. He specializes in nonoperative sports medicine and heads the comprehensive concussion management program there. He has helped set up subsidized baseline neurocognitive testing in Manatee County and has designed numerous School and County-wide concussion protocols. In addition, he has coached for 13 years at the high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels. He worked as an NFL Combine Specialist for 3 years at Bommarito Sports Performance in North Miami Beach, Florida and for the past year has worked as a physician and coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He still works part-time as an emergency medicine physician at Doctor's Hospital in Sarasota, FL. He completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at the combined University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Program. While there he was served as a fellow physician for the Philadelphia Eagles under Dr. Gary Dorshimer.

Jonathan Oliver, PhD, CSCS

Jonathan Oliver is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Texas Christian University where he directs the Human Performance Laboratory. His primary research focuses on the manipulation of resistance training variables to alter muscle mechanics and the resultant physiological adaptation. Prior to joining Texas Christian University, he obtained his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University, respectively. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh in the Human Performance Laboratory. Oliver is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® and continues to make contributions to the field through his many peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. 

Rob Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Rob Panariello is a founding partner with Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Professional Athletic Perofmrnace Center in New York. Rob had more than 30 years of experience in the related fields of Sports Rehabilitation, and the Perofmrance Trianing of Athleteics. His experience includes the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York (1986-1995), the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights (1991), and the WUSA NY POWER Women’s Professional Soccer League (2001-2002). He continues to rehabilitate and performance train athletes, and consults to many NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Collegiate and University teams, coaches and players. He lectures nationally on the related topics of the rehabilitation and training of athletes.

Willard Peveler, PhD

Willard Peveler is an Assistant Professor at Northern Kentucky University. He has an extensive background in the sports of cycling and triathlon. The majority of his published works cover physiological and biomechanical factors that affect performance in cycling and triathlon. He is the author of “The Complete Book of Road Cycling and Racing” and “Triathlon Training Fundamentals.” Peveler also has extensive experience in both racing and coaching. 

Jimmy Radcliffe, MS

Jimmy Radcliffe received his Master’s degree in Exercise Movement and Science at the University of Oregon, and his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Pacific University. He currently works at the University of Oregon Athletic Department as well as the Physical Activities and Recreation Department. He coached at Aloha High School from 1978 to 1982. He has authored and consulted for various books and videos including, “Functional Training for Athletes at all Levels” and “High-Powered Plyometrics.”

Cheryl Richardson, MS, CSCS

Cheryl Richardson serves as the Senior Director of Programs for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In this role as a subject matter expert, she directs professional program development related to youth physical activity, physical education, sport, and kinesiology. Specific areas of focus include practice of teachers in PK-12 schools and other youth-serving settings, leadership support for youth-service sport and physical activity programs, and professional preparation for those working in such programs. In addition to representing the association to external organizations and the media, she serves as a content expert to members. Richardson has managed several initiatives including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) Director of Physical Activity Certification program, developed content for AAHPERD’s Let’s Move in School (LMIS) initiative, and raised interest in NASPE national initiatives such as PE2020 which focuses on the future of physical education. 


Peter Ronai ss a Clinical Associate Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CN. He is a Fellow of the Americal College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and past-President of the New England Chapter of ACSM (NEACSM). He is the “Special Populations” column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal and a co-editor of ACSM’s Certified News. 

Eric Ryan, PhD

Eric Ryan is a Stallings Fellow Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Doctoral Student Research Award recipient in 2008 and the Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award recipient in 2011. He has authored and co-authored over 55 peer-reviewed manuscripts examining the acute and chronic influences of exercise, nutritional supplementation, and aging on neuromuscular function.

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

Scott Sahli is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Burnsville High School for all sports and the Head Olympic-style Weightlifting Coach. He coached the U.S. Olympic Team Trails for Weightlifting in 2004. He was inducted into the MN Weightlifting Hall of Fame and the Northfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He is also the Regional Director for the North Central region for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), which includes Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba and holds a CSCS,*D and NSCA-CPT,*D.

Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA

Brian Schilling is an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Memphis. He has a background as a strength and conditioning coach and National-level weightlifter. His research primarily concentrates on the neuromuscular system’s expression of force and the responses/adaptations of the body to resistance exercise. Other research interests include nutritional ergogenic aids, resistance training in special populations such as Parkinson’s disease and tactical strength and conditioning. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award in 2009. He became a Fellow of the NSCA in 2007.

Daniel Shapiro, MS, CSCS

Daniel Shapiro is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he just finished his 8th season with the team. He is responsible for designing and implementing the club’s year-round strength and conditioning programs, while working closely with the training staff and doctors in monitoring player nutritional needs and injury rehabilitation. Shapiro is a co-founder of the National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association (NBSCA), established in 2008 and served as its inaugural President from 2009 to 2011. In May 2010, Shapiro was awarded the 2010 NBSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award. A native of Newcastle, WA, Shapiro earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Master’s degree in Physical Education, both from Seattle Pacific University.

Anthony Soika, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F

Captain Tony Soika has a unique background in both the military and strength and conditioning settings. He currently commands a company of 241 soldiers at Fort Jackson, SC. Prior to this assignment he served as the Training Management Officer at the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School where he worked on redesigning the Army Physical Fitness Test and rewriting the army fitness manual. He has been a CSCS® since 1996, has served as a strength coach in Division I athletics, and trained athletes at every level from high school to the NFL and NBA.

Emily Splichal, DPM, NSCA-CPT

Emily Splichal is a Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, and the Founder of the Evidence-Based Fitness Academy and creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist Certification for health and wellness professionals. With over 11 years in the fitness industry, she has dedicated her medical career to studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training. Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine and biomechanics. She takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full biomechanical assessments and movement screens. She is actively involved in the correction of movement dysfunctions as it relates to sports injury and frequently performs manual therapy techniques including muscle activation technique (MAT), joint mobilization, and trigger point release. Splichal has a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, a Master’s degree in Public Health and Human Movement, and has earned the CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) and PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Bob Takano

Bob Takano has coached on five World Weightlifting Championship teams. A 2007 inductee into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame, he has coached four national champtions, seven national record holders and 28 top-10 nationally ranked lifters. Seventeen of the volleyball players he has coached have earned Division I volleyball scholarships. His articles have been published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He is a former member of the Editorial Board of the NSCA Journal. He is currently the chairperson of the NSCA Weightlifting Special Interest Group. 

Lem Taylor, PhD

Lem Taylor is currently the Assistant Professor Exercise Physiology and the Director of the Exercise Biochemistry Lab at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Taylor has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, and a Doctorate in Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health. Taylor is a researcher, author, and is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is a Fellow of the ISSN and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). Taylor is a lifelong resistance trainger and still plays competitive rugby.

Jon Torine

In 1998, Jon Torine became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and was the youngest to have served in this role in the National Football League (NFL) at the time. His career in Indianapolis spanned 14 seasons where he had the privilege of working with some of the best athletes, coaches, doctors, and management in the world. He was able to institute strategies for players to excel that combined all facets of human performance including movement, power, nutrition, and recovery just to name a few. After spending 17 years in the NFL as a strength and conditioning coach (prior to his elevation in Indianapolis he served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Buffalo Bills for three seasons), culminating with a World Championship in Super Bowl XLI, Torine joined Functional Movement Systems as the Human Performance Director. In this role, Torine oversees an integrated and unique partnership of management, assessment, strategizing, and training of athletes, competitors, active people, coaches, and sports medicine professionals. Torine appeared in Tony Dungy’s movie titled “The Red Zone,” a nationwide program geared towards high school athletes. He is a Strength and Conditioning Expert Advisor for USA Football, a consultant on the Nike Sparq Performance Network, and appears on the Perform Better Lecture circuit. Torine has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and was been heavily influenced by Dr. William Kraemer throughout his career. Torine also serves as an Instructor and Lecturer for Functional Movement Systems where he co-developed a software system aimed at improving movement. 

Shannon Turley, MEd

Shannon Turley enters his sixth season as the Sports Performance Coordinator for the Stanford football program. Since arriving in 2007, Turley has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement, and mental discipline development. His role is to direct the performance enhancement training, sports nutrition education, and sports psychology programming to ensure the physical and mental preparation of the entire 120-player roster. In addition, Turley is responsible for collaborating with the sports medicine staff to develop an individualized, sport and position-specific, active integration rehabilitation plan to ensure the successful return to competition of all injured players.

Richard Ulm, DC, MS, CSCS

A former track athlete and strength coach, now a Chiropractic Physician, Richard Ulm has spent the last 10 years studying weight training theory, functional assessment, anatomy, and kinesiology to improve his ability to both treat and train athletes. Currently, he is the owner and Head Treating Physician at the Columbus Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center in Dublin, OH where he balances his time between treating patients, teaching seminars, and training athletes. 

Jakob Vingren, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM

Jakob Vingren is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and co-director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of North Texas. His research interests include endocrine and neuromuscular responses to resistance exercise and training and how these responses are affected by alcohol ingestion and infection with HIV. In addition, Vingren is following a focused line of research on resistance exercise-based health promotion programs to treat co-morbid conditions associated with chronic diseases.

Diane Vives, MS, CSCS,*D

Diane Vives is owner and director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, TX. She is an internationally recognized presenter who focuses on providing integration strategies based on science and experience. Currently, she works with Functional Movement Systems and serves on the Under Armour Performance Training Council. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She currently serves as a mentor and educator on her website and authored the “SMARTsets” DVD series and “Training the Female Athlete” DVD and ebook series.

Jason White, PhD

Jason White has been a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Ohio University since 2011. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Sport Physiology from Ohio University, White was employed by Emory University as an exercise physiologist. After a brief stay at Emory University, he decided to return to school to attain a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Physiology and Muscle Biology. As a professor, he has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in human, exercise, and cardiovascular physiology. He has also taught numerous sport and activity-related courses and coached the Ohio University men’s club basketball team. His research interests include practical exercise-related research, improving athletic performance, and heart and muscle development with analysis via ultrasound. He is currently a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and other organizations related to the field of exercise science and physiology.

Colin Wilborn, PhD, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Colin Wilborn is currently an Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the effects of sport supplements and exercise on body composition, metabolism, and performance. Wilborn’s professional and personal interests are the effects resistance training and sport nutrition on health, body composition, and performance. He is Chair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Research and Education Committee, a Fellow and Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and currently serves as the Sports Supplementation and Drugs Section Editor for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 

Jacob Wilson, PhD, CSCS,*D

Jacob Wilson is an Assistant Professor and researcher in the Human Performance and Sports Nutrition Laboratory in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa. Wilson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and abstracts on sports nutrition, supplementation, and resistance training in athletic and clinical situations. His research has covered both the cellular and molecular responses to resistance training, as well as the whole body changes in muscle size, strength, and power.

Todd Wright

Todd Wright begins his 15th season as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball program at the University of Texas. Texas has had 16 players drafted to the National Basketball Asssociation (NBA) in the 14 years under Wright, including 10 first-round selections and six lottery selections. A native of Peabody, MA, Wright earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness from Springfield College in 1993. He also is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute.

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