I am a coach foremost and avid competitor. I leave both open ended on the details, because at this point I feel very fortunate to have experience in multiple disciplines and I am still on the hunt for who I have yet to become. When you find your passions you do all you can to be filled with it, but our purpose is to pour out what we find. I coach to not light a fire in others, but to let them bring out the fire they already have within themselves.
I was born in raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I grew up very active in sports and got into training around 11 years old. My passion was football not only for the sport, but for the amount off work I put in the offseason strength and conditioning program. I knew I wanted to be involved with training athletes. Unfortunately I suffered a back injury that led to surgery my last year of highschool. I took this lesson as a chance to learn about training and work at Rapid Sports Performance as I healed and became certified. I am able to see now how this setback propelled my career and coaching experience.
I am a collegiate strength and conditioning coach and began in the field in 2009 at the University of Alabama as an intern. Summer 2011 I finished my undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Alabama. In addition to this I had acquired my USAw and NSCA-CSCS. then pursued a brief internship at Georgia Tech before I began my graduate assistantship at Gardner-Webb University. While in grad school I was the primary strength coach for Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, and Cross Country. I also was able to assist in coaching football. My master’s degree was completed in Sport Science and Pedagogy and I also earned my CSCCa-SCCC.
My next opportunity as a coach was at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. I worked primarily with Women’s Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, and Tennis. I also assisted football. My time there led to two NCAA championship Socon bids. I also had a brief coaching stint at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas working with Women’s Basketball, tennis, and Women’s swimming.
From there I went to Marshall University as an Associate Director of Olympic Sports in Strength and Conditioning. I coached Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Swimming, and both Golf programs. This position then allowed me to gain experience as an interim director for the duration of staff changes. This growth led to my most recent opportunity at Army West Point as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. You have to have a deep trust that everywhere you pass you will unknowingly leave and take something away. Most of this something cannot be seen, heard, or numbered. But without it nothing counts. And the next place will require what you took away for this I am so thankful for the experiences and relationships I have had over the years in my career and where it has taken me. College coaching requires moves and starting over, but to me the team atmosphere and to be a part of a program and athletes development is irreplaceable.
Personally I have stayed active and have something in the forefront I am training for. The summer before college 2008 as I was healing from my back injury I began training for NPC Figure competitions. This began because I was limited on the strength movements I could do, but controlled my diet and cardio to still have a goal. I found quick success with open national qualifications and teen national class wins. During this time I also completed two full marathons winning my age and qualifying for Boston. The weight room was my first love however and why I kept running as a cardio tool and outlet and just competitively competed in the NPC. This continued until 2013 when after NPC Figure nationals I switched to the Women’s Physique Division after judges feedback. This allowed me to hit the weight room even harder and highlight my natural strengths. My highest National placing in Women’s Physique was 6th and after two years I unintentionally took some time away from the stage. I switched jobs, moved, and then suffered in a car wreck to where prepping in 2016 just was not in my best interest to make improvements. The time away allowed me to want to reach different goals and why I can now say I am a powerlifter. I competed on the platform Spring 2017 and loved the entire process. A performance driven approach just felt more natural for me.
I feel very fortunate to have had some of my experiences and to learn from amazing people through the years. That’s why I am compelled to write about it and share what I can. I find that my Instagram captions are always hitting the length limit then I continue on in the comments, but this will better serve as a place for my ramblings. I also am available for contact, consultation, and coaching services.