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NSCA Board of Directors

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the NSCA membership. The board is comprised of eight members of the NSCA and one elected public member.

President, N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA

N. Travis Triplett is a Professor and Director of the Strength and Conditioning Concentrations for the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University. Her past experience includes being Director of the Strength Centers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a research assistantship in Sports Physiology at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a postdoctoral research fellowship at Southern Cross University in Australia, and other international research at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and the University of Valencia in Spain. Dr. Triplett is currently a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, a past Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, and was the recipient of the 2000 Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator award, the 2010 William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award, and the 2016 JSCR Editorial Excellence Award. She also served on two panels for NASA, including one for developing resistance exercise countermeasures to micro-gravity environments for the International Space Station. She was a founding Fellow of the NSCA, and holds the Sports Performance Coach certification from USA Weightlifting.

Vice President, Colin Wilborn, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA

Dr. Wilborn is currently Executive Dean of The Mayborn College of Health Sciences and Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters on the effects of sport supplements and exercise on body composition, metabolism, and performance. Colin has a published book on Sport Nutrition and has written for magazines such as Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness. He was the recipient of the NSCA’s 2015 GNC Nutritional Research Award, the highest honor for a sport nutrition researcher in the field. Colin is a Fellow and served on the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association as the Vice President and Treasurer. He is a Fellow and former Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition, a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and editorial board member or reviewer for 10 journals. Colin’s professional and personal interests are the effects of resistance training and sport nutrition on health, body composition, and performance.

Secretary/Treasurer, Margaret T. Jones, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM, FNSCA

Margaret Jones is a Professor of Kinesiology and an affiliate of the Center for Sports Performance at George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Master of Education degree from the University of Houston, and PhD from the University of Georgia, as well as completed a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. Past experience includes 15 years at Springfield College as the Director of the Strength and Conditioning Master’s degree program and Director of Strength and Conditioning for Intercollegiate Athletics, where she supervised program design and implementation for 500 athletes from 24 sports. An active Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1995, Jones received the NSCA Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and Fellow of the NSCA (FNSCA) in 2012. In 2016, she was the recipient of the NSCA’s Senior Investigator Grant in support of her work with cluster resistive exercise in resistance trained women athletes. Currently, she serves as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and an Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Jones’ research uses resistance exercise to address questions related to human performance and athlete health. She has authored many publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and has presented consistently at regional, national, and international conferences. She holds the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) certifications.

Personal Trainer Member, Bret Contreras, PhD, CSCS,*D

Bret Contreras has a PhD in Sports Science from Auckland University of Technology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He invented the barbell hip thrust; patented the Hip Thruster; created the Glute Loop and BC T-Bell; founded Glute Lab (a San Diego-based gym), BC Strength, and Booty by Bret; authored Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy; and co-authored Strong Curves and Glute Lab. Contreras’ primary research interests involve the gluteal muscles, resistance training biomechanics, and the functional transfer from resisted exercise to performance. Contreras is an international lecturer and author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles in strength and conditioning.

Educational/Institutional Strength and Conditioning Professional Member, Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Patrick McHenry is the Director of Strength & Conditioning at Castle View High school. He designs the lifting & speed/agility programs for all the strength training classes as well as works with the school’s 23 varsity sports. Patrick has a Masters Degree is in Physical Education, emphasis Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a CSCS,*D and an RSCC with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Patrick is also a Certified Club Coach with USA Weightlifting. In 2003, Patrick was the regional Strength Coach of the Year for American Football Monthly, in 2005 was the NSCA High School Strength Coach of the year, and in 2006 received the Editorial Excellent Award from the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Patrick received the 2010 Strength of America Award from the President’s Council on Fitness. He has presented at state, national and international conferences, and has published in books, journals, manuals, and videos.

Sports Medicine Professional Member, Michael G. Miller, PhD, EdD, AT, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, FNSCA

Dr. Michael G. Miller, joining the NSCA Board as the Sports Medicine Professional member, is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. He has an EdD from West Virginia University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. Dr. Miller authored and co-authored numerous abstracts, manuscripts, texts, text chapters, and has been a CSCS and member of the NSCA since 1992. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer, Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Public Member, Kacie Wallace, JD, LLM

Kacie Wallace joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as the Athlete Ombudsman in January 2015. She serves as an independent adviser to athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities under national and international rules in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. She also works with athletes to help resolve disputes and as a liaison between athletes, National Governing Bodies, the USOC, and other stakeholders. Kacie earned a B.A. in art-design from Duke University, a law degree from North Carolina Central University, a master of laws in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in documentary studies from Duke University. Kacie spent the previous decade teaching negotiation, mediation and international conflict management at Duke University, the University of North Carolina and through Rotary International. She also taught courses at Duke University that examined global conflict through the lens of documentary film and how film can be used as a persuasion tool. She partnered with experts in the video gaming industry and won a $250,000 digital innovation award from the MacArthur Foundation to build virtual training environments for NGOs, governments and other agencies to simulate coordination efforts necessary to address relief needs following large scale natural disasters. She also has designed exhibits for a children’s museum and taught art therapy in a state psychiatric institute. She was a swimmer through university, has competed in international open water competitions, and now competes in long distance races for the YOLOboard standup paddle team. She has paddled in the standup paddle World Championships across the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, around islands in Hong Kong, down the Tennessee River, and 304.6 miles up the coast of North Carolina from South Carolina to Virginia. She is married to Richard Stockmans and lives in Colorado Springs.

Helen M. Binkley, PhD, ATC-L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA

Dr. Helen Binkley is an Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physical Education from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Physical Education from Temple University. Binkley’s areas of expertise include aquatic research, strength training and conditioning, and emergency response in athletic training. She has authored and co-authored numerous abstracts, texts, and manuscripts, in addition to presenting at local and national events. Binkley has held numerous volunteer positions with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and previously sat on the Board of Directors (2004 – 2007). She holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) certifications and is a Fellow with the NSCA.

Darnell Clark, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

Darnell Clark has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) in Charlotte, NC since 2004. In this role, Clark and his staff are responsible for the daily development and systematic implementation for 70 middle school, junior varsity, and varsity teams (24 sports). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D). He has presented on multiple topics of strength and conditioning at the state, regional, and national level. In 2014, Clark was the recipient of the NSCA’s High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award. Under his direction, CCDS has earned the NSCA’s Strength of America Award for ten consecutive years. He has had the privilege of coaching 10 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning All-Americans and over 200 college-bound student-athletes during his time at CCDS. From 2013 – 2016, he served as the NSCA’s North Carolina State Director and from 2016 – 2019, he served as the NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator. Currently, Clark is pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where his research interest are long-term athletic development, physical education pedagogy, physical literacy, and coaching pedagogy.

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