NSCA’s Mid-Atlantic Region

NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Mid-Atlantic Region can connect to other professionals in this area at local and regional events as well as on Facebook.

States in this Region: 

New Jersey
West Virginia
District of Columbia

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Leadership

Mid-Atlantic Region

Regional Coordinator: Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: collins.s@lynchburg.edu   

Sean Collins is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA. He is also the Director of the Walker Human Performance Laboratory and is charged with guiding and supervising laboratory and student research activities. Collins teaches courses in exercise physiology, laboratory techniques, and strength and conditioning.


State Director: Julia Olsen, MS, CSCS,*D
Contact:  juliaolsencrw@gmail.com

Julia Olsen is an instructor at Delaware State University in the Public and Allied Health Sciences Department, teaching exercise physiology and sport and fitness nutrition courses, among others. In her spare time, Olsen works at multiple fitness centers in her area. Her interests include strength and conditioning and exercise physiology. 


State Director: Phil Tran, JD, MSEd, CSCS,*D
Contact: phil@ptstrength.com

Phil Tran is the Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Football Coach at the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD. Additionally, he is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Mariner Swim Club, an elite co-ed club swim team in Baltimore for athletes ages 6-18. Tran is the owner of PT Strength, LLC and is a respected speaker on the topics of football, strength and conditioning, and leadership development. He was also a college football letterwinner at Baylor University where he earned First-Team Academic All-Big XII honors, Baylor Football Highest GPA awards, Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition, and a post-graduate scholarship.

New Jersey 

State Director: Joe Lopez, CSCS,*D, RSCC
Contact:  joelopez2680@gmail.com

Joe Lopez is the New Jersey State Director. He was previously a part of the Advisory Board for the state of NJ.  Lopez has presented at both state and regional conferences on various topics of interest. He is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at  Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, NJ.  Lopez also works as a strength and conditioning coach at Precision Sports Performance.   


State Director: Hayden Gerhart, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F
Contact:  hdgerhart@gmail.com

Hayden Gerhart is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he serve as the Director of Sport Science Research and Education. He teaches undergraduate and master's level courses in the area of muscle physiology, biomechanics, health and wellness, and strength and conditioning. His primary area of interest lies in environmental physiology, where he works with tactical athletes and first responders to simulate work stress, and assess physiological and performance outcomes.

Virginia/Washington, DC

State Director: Barry Parker, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: bparker2@su.edu 

Barry Parker is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Exercise Science at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He has worked as a personal trainer and collegiate strength and conditioning coach. His interests include training for the performing artist.

West Virginia 

State Director: Jarrod Burton, MS, CSCS
Contact: jarrodburton88@gmail.com

Bio to come soon!

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