NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Midwest Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Midwest Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.
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Chair, Regional Coordinator: Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D
Don Melrose is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and is the Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Trained as an exercise physiologist at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Melrose has been a Division I head strength and conditioning coach, fitness consultant, and competitive lifter and bodybuilder. Melrose has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally and has authored materials on a variety of topics relating to the Internet and steroids.
State Director: Adam Bruenger, PhD, CSCS,*D, USATF-2
Adam Bruenger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Central Arkansas. His research focuses on biomechanical evaluation of strength training exercises. Bruenger was previously an athletic director and coach at the high school level.
State Director:Paul Luebbers, PhD, CSCS,*D
Paul Luebbers is a Professor and the Chair of the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at Emporia State University, in Emporia, KS. He received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA and taught in the Department of Kinesiology at Northern Illinois University prior to returning to his home state of Kansas. He has been an active member in the NSCA since 2002, when he first earned recognition as a CSCS. He is a member of the NSCA Research Consortium and served for three years on the Executive Council for the NSCA Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition special interest group. Luebbers also holds a Level 1 USA Track & Field certification and has coached track and field at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He has a wide range of research interests and has published in the areas of blood flow restriction training (BFR), anaerobic power, resistance training, metabolism, and nutrition.
State Director: Niki Driscoll, MS, CSCS
Niki Driscoll is the Marketing Director for Kinesics™, a flexibility and mobility program design technology using data from range of motion measurements. Driscoll is an author and speaker who has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years using a multi-disciplinary approach, including strength and conditioning, massage therapy, and nutrition. She is a former collegiate cross-country and track and field athlete, as well as a former National Physique Committee (NPC) Bikini competitor.
State Director: Victor Kizer, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D
Victor Kizer is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Exercise Science Department at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate of Science in Health Sciences from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. He is also a Captain in the Army Reserve (careerist, 20 years in March 2020), previously serving as a Master Fitness Trainer Instructor at Fort Knox. Kizer previously co-owned a private training facility in St. Louis before moving full time into academia.
State Director: Jason West, MS, CSCS
Jason West is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the University of Tulsa. In addition to teaching at TU, West is a Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air Force National Guard, and coaches/trains athletes at the Ultimate Performance Complex in Tulsa, OK.
State Director: Ryan Keller, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
Ryan Keller is the Fitness Director for Campus Recreation at Texas Christian University (TCU). Keller oversees the weight room, personal training, and group fitness programs at TCU. He also coaches/trains members of the recreation center, speaks on a variety of fitness topics to student groups, and helps prepare students to become certified personal trainers and strength coaches.