National Strength and Conditioning Association Announces New NSCA Board Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer

Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is happy to announce that the NSCA Board of Directors has selected current members Darnell Clark, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D as the new Vice President and Helen Binkley, PhD, ATC-L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA as the new Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Clark will serve in his role for the 2020-21 year, and Dr. Binkley will serve in her position from 2020-22.

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).

Clark 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 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 interests are long-term athletic development, physical education pedagogy, physical literacy, and coaching pedagogy. 

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. She has held numerous volunteer positions with the National Strength and Conditioning Association 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.

“We are excited to have Darnell Clark and Helen Binkley take on new leadership positions within the board,” said N. Travis Triplett, NSCA Board President. “As we continue our mission to serve the strength and conditioning community, their extensive knowledge and experience will provide valuable perspective.”

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Founded in 1978, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world.

The NSCA exists to empower a community of professionals to maximize their impact through disseminating evidence-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, networking opportunities, and continuing education. The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals throughout the world who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, tactical professionals, and other related roles.

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