NSCA’s Southeast Region

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  • NSCA’s Southeast Region
    NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Southeast Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Southeast Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.
  • States/Provinces in this Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico

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    Southeast Regional Coordinator: Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Contact: coachdarnellclark@gmail.com

    Darnell ClarkDarnell Clark is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) in Charlotte, NC. In this role, Clark and his staff are responsible for the daily development and systematic implementation for 36 junior varsity and varsity teams (24 sports). In 2014, Clark was the recipient of the NSCA’s High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award. His program at CCDS has earned the NSCA’s Strength of America Award for seven consecutive years. He has had the privilege of coaching seven NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning All-Americans and over 100 college-bound student-athletes during his time at CCDS. During 2013-2016 he served as the NSCA’s North Carolina State Director. Currently, Clark also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Queens University of Charlotte. Clark received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Physical Education degree from Arizona State University.

    Watch a welcome video from the Regional Coordinators here

    Alabama
    State Director: Michael Esco, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Contact:  mresco@ua.edu

    Michael EscoMichael Esco is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Alabama. Esco’s research focuses on monitoring recovery and readiness to perform with non-invasive physiological indicators such as heart rate variability, as well as determining accurate and practical physiological assessment methods for use within field settings. He has been an active member of National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2004.    

    Florida
    State Director: Thomas Palumbo, CSCS
    Contact: pbo1222@gmail.com

    Thomas PalumboTom Palumbo is the Florida State Director for the NSCA. He has also served as the State Director for Ohio. Palumbo is in his third year working with 7th Group Special Forces (Airborne) as a strength and conditioning specialist.

     

     

    Georgia
    State Director: Chris Bailey, PhD, CSCS, RSCC
    Contact: bailey8112@gmail.com

    Chris BaileyChris Bailey is an assistant professor in Exercise Science and the coordinator of the Sport Performance Enhancement, Education, and Development (SPEED) Center at LaGrange College in Georgia. He works primarily with baseball, softball and basketball, but athletes from many other sports also take part in athlete testing, nutrition education, and training in the SPEED Center.

    Mississippi
    State Director: Joseph Boyd, PhD, CSCS
    Contact: cboyd@wmcarey.edu

    Joseph Boyd MississippiJoseph Boyd is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at William Carey University. His main academic research interests include bioenergetics and sports nutrition. He has a PhD in Exercise Science and has experience working with patients in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and weight loss. 

    North Carolina
    State Director: Nate Brookreson, CSCS
    Contact: natebrookreson@gmail.com

    Nate BrookresonNate Brookreson is the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports at North Carolina State. His primary training duties are with women’s basketball, swimming and diving and men and women’s golf, while supervising the implementation of training for over 500 student-athletes. Brookreson earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and Master’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Exercise Science.

    South Carolina
    State Director:Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS
    Contact:  kurtzm3@yahoo.com

    Micah Kurtz SCMicah Kurtz is in his eighth year as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, SC. In this role, Kurtz has developed the school’s first ever school-wide strength and conditioning program, and created a school-wide culture of vitality and fitness. Kurtz is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Sports Performance Coach through United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), Level I Speed Coach through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE), and Level II Certified Coach through the Functional Movement Systems (FMS).

    Tennessee
    State Director: Robert Townsend, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
    Contact: rtownsendisi@yahoo.com

    Robert TownsendRobert Townsend has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) since 1996 and has worked in a variety of settings including collegiate strength and conditioning, weightlifting, track and field, as well as treating work conditioning patients and performing functional capacity evaluations. He has experience as faculty at the University of Memphis, and is currently working as a clinical consultant with Bardavon Health Innovations.

    Puerto Rico
    State Director: Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D
    Contact: mendiza@yahoo.com

    Maria Teresa MendizabalMaria Teresa Mendizabal is an international presenter, a weekly columnist for El Nuevo Día, the first newspaper in Puerto Rico and in Buena Vida, a fitness magazine, as well as starring in a TV fitness program for six years.