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: 

North Carolina
South Carolina
Puerto Rico

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The NSCA hosts state, regional, and provincial events throughout the year

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Southeast Regional Leadership

Southeast Region

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

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 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 eight consecutive years. He has had the privilege of coaching 10 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning All-Americans and over 250 college-bound student-athletes during his time at CCDS. During 2013-2016 he served as the NSCA's North Carolina State Director and presently is the Southeast Regional Coordinator. Clark received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where he was a member of the football team, and his Master of Physical Education degree from Arizona State University.


State Director: Stacy Bishop, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: sbishop2@montevallo.edu 

Stacy Bishop currently works at the University of Montevallo as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Exercise and Nutrition Science program. Bishop is a former NCAA strength coach and is currently interested in research using cryotherapy to aid performance in baseball as well as other sports including mixed martial arts. 


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

Tom 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.


State Director: Vacant - Contact Heather Wood (heather.wood@nsca.com) to find out how you can lead as an NSCA State Director!


State Director: JohnEric Smith, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: cboyd@wmcarey.edu

Bio to come soon! 

North Carolina

State Director: Jena Ready, MS, CSCS
Contact: jena.ready1@gmail.com

Jena Ready received her Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Currently, she works as the Director of Sports Performance for Women's Basketball at Wake Forest University. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has worked with numerous sports and athletes at the Division I and II levels. Ready's interests focus on empowering female student-athletes through mentorship programs.

South Carolina 

State Director: Joni M. Boyd, PhD, CSCS,*D
Contact: boydj@winthrop.edu

Joni M. Boyd is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Winthrop University. Her main interest focuses on bridging the gap between science, practice and education in the areas of strength training and conditioning.


State Director: Vanessa Moreno, MS, CSCS,*D
Contact: vanessa.lc.moreno@gmail.com

Vanessa Moreno is a full-time faculty member at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Her main research interest is human performance, specifically post-activation potentiation. Moreno received her Bachelor's degree from Whittier College and Master's degree from California State University, Fullerton. Currently, she is working towards her PhD in Leadership and Human Performance at Concordia University. 

Puerto Rico

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

Maria 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.

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