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National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Announces 2019 Election Results

Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announces the results of the 2019 Board of Directors elections, as voted on by NSCA Members. Joining the Board are Helen Binkley, PhD, ATC-L, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA and Darnell Clark, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D.

In addition, the NSCA welcomes two newly elected members to the Nomination Committee. Joining the committee are Nicole Dabbs, PhD, FNSCA and Duncan French, PhD, CSCS,*D.

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

Dr. Nicole Dabbs is currently an Associate Professor at California State University (CSU), San Bernardino in the Department of Kinesiology. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology at CSU, Fullerton and her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include neuromuscular facilitation, adaptation, and recovery during sports performance and she is an Associate Editor for The Strength and Conditioning Journal. Dabbs was awarded the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Fellow in 2018 and currently serves as the Vice President of the NSCA Foundation.

Dr. Duncan French is the Vice President of Performance at the UFC Performance Institute, where he directs global performance services for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster athletes. He has over 23 years of experience working with elite athletes, and has coached a host of Olympic, World, and European Championship medalists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of sports. French has previously held positions as the Director of Performance Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, the Head of Strength and Conditioning with Newcastle United in the English Premier League, and the National Lead for Strength and Conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain Taekwondo’s Olympic programs. He was the chair of the United Kingdom’s Strength and Conditioning (UKSCA) from 2011 – 2013 and received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry.

About the National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world. The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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