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Southeast Region Coordinator

Gary Schofield, Jr., MEd, ATC/L, CSCS,*D

Gary Schofield

Gary Schofield is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Southeast Regional Coordinator. Schofield is entering his 18th year as a state licensed Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC/L) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA. Schofield’s unique background of athletic training and strength and conditioning has allowed him to coach and assist in the athletic development of athletes with teams and organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks (National Basketball Association), Georgia Force (Arena Football), Gwinnett Gladiators (East Coast Hockey League), Atlanta Trojans (United States Basketball League), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Atlanta Silverbacks (Pro Soccer A-League), Georgia State Olympic Development Program, USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, and many other professional and amateur organizations. Schofield received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine, with a special emphasis in Athletic Training, from Marietta College in Ohio. He continued his education with the graduate program in athletic training at Georgia State University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Education. Schofield also serves as the NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator and was named the NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2012. 

Alabama State Director

Justin Schwind, MS, CSCS

Justin Schwind

Justin Schwind is beginning his fifth season with the University of South Alabama as the program’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. In his role, Schwind is responsible for designing and implementing the football strength and conditioning program, supervising the day-to-day operation of the weight room, and overseeing a staff that includes two full-time assistants as well as graduate and student assistants. Schwind earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Texas State University in 2004. In 2007, he earned his Master’s degree from Mississippi State University (MSU) in Physical Education. During his time at MSU he designed and maintained strength and conditioning programs for the track and field, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf teams. Schwind is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), United States Weightlifting Association (USAW) and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and has received his CrossFit Football Certification as well.

Florida - North State Director

Tom Palumbo, MEd, CSCS

Tom Palumbo

A native of Savannah, GA, Tom Palumbo graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. He also earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education and Sports Studies from UGA. Palumbo begins his second season as Flagler College’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Palumbo comes to Flagler College from Ohio State University (OSU) where he served as an associate strength and conditioning coach since 2003. He directed the strength and conditioning programs for 28 sports during his time at OSU. He also had a stint as the Minor League Conditioning Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball organization and was the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Georgia.

Florida - South State Director

Kevin Caldabaugh, CSCS,*D

Kevin Caldabaugh

Kevin Caldabaugh graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Economics. His love for the Olympic sport of weightlifting led him to a career in strength and conditioning, and personal training. Caldabaugh completed a Master's degree in Human Performance at the University of Florida (UF). While at UF, he had the fortune of working with Olympic sports athletes in the Strength and Conditioning Department. He has helped guide champions in the SEC, NCAA Regional Qualifiers, and in NCAA National Championships. He has also worked with professional and amateur athletes in all major sports, national and international-level weightlifters, and Olympic gold medalists. His degree and experience with elite-level athletes helped him acquire a job at a sports performance training facility in Sarasota, FL where he ascended into the role of Facility Director. After several years in Sarasota, he transitioned into the private club industry. Combining his initial interest in economics and passion for training, Caldabaugh quickly realized that directing a fitness center in a private club setting would provide a healthy challenge for him and be a wonderful way to make a difference in people’s lives. In 2011, he was named the Fitness Director at John’s Island Club. Recently, he also completed a second Master’s degree in Sports Management at California University of Pennsylvania. His current certifications include the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, the National Academy of Sports Medicine's Corrective Exercise Specialist, the Titleist Performance Institute’s Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Level 1, Functional Movement Systems Levels 1 & 2 certifications, TRX Suspension Training, and USA Weightlifting’s Level 2 certification. Caldabaugh also serves on the Board of the Club, Spa, and Fitness Association as the Education Committee Chair.

Georgia State Director

C. Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC, USAW-1

C. Bryan Pulliam

C. Bryan Pulliam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) credentials through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as a USAW Sport Performance Coach certification. He is currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Athens Academy in Athens, GA. He received the Rotary Club of Oconee County Teacher of the Semester Award for Spring 2011. Pulliam was also the recipient of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Strength of America Award from the NSCA. 

Mississippi State Director

Brian Gearity, PhD, CSCS, ATC, USAW, USATF Sprint Level III

Brian Gearity

Brian Gearity is the Assistant Professor in Sport Coaching Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as a strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball organization, John Carroll University, the University of Tennessee, and Purvis High School, where he is also a football coach. Gearity’s research interests focus on coach quality and the development of a coach’s knowledge. He joined the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an undergraduate student in 1999, started as strength and conditioning club, and currently serves as the NSCA Mississippi State Director.

North Carolina State Director

Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS, RSCC*D

Darnell Clark

Darnell Clark has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) since 2004. In this position Coach Clark is responsible for the daily development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for 64 middle school, junior varsity, and varsity athletic teams (24 sports). Since 2010, Coach Clark and CCDS has been the recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) “Strength of America Award,” which represents the national gold standard in high school strength and conditioning. In 2013, the NSCA elected Coach Clark as the North Carolina State Director. In this role, he oversees a nine-member advisory board, operates state and regional clinics, conducts Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunities, and represents the state of North Carolina at the national level. Coach Clark is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he played football in the Big Ten conference. He earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University where he served as a graduate assistant coach working exclusively with the Sun Devils football team. In the private sector, Coach Clark’s “Training Academy,” a college preparation program, has assisted hundreds of student-athletes (representing 55 colleges and universities) with their transition from high school to collegiate athletics.

Puerto Rico State Director

Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D

Maria Teresa Mendizabal

Maria Teresa Mendizabal started her professional career as a ballet and flamenco dancer, dancing for several companies in Puerto Rico. She earned her first Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico and was the owner of Ballet and Flamenco Dancing School for 25 years. During the 1970s, the aerobic training modality was introduced in Puerto Rico and with Christine Vega, she started Aerobic Trainings International, an educational organization for the personal training and fitness profession. Mendizabal then completed her second Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Physical Education at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1997, she became a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member, and is a currently a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®). She is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) and Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT). Mendizabal also holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). She 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. Mendizabal is the current NSCA State Director for Puerto Rico and was awarded the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year award in 2004 and the NSCA State Director of the Year in 2012.  

South Carolina State Director

Joshua Ortegon, CSCS

Joshua Ortegon

Joshua Ortegon is a Co-Founder and the Director of Sports Performance Enhancement at Athlete’s Arena in Irmo, SC. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Ortegon has helped establish Athlete’s Arena as a premier performance center in South Carolina since 2005. He has worked with multiple areas of sports performance with many different populations while specializing in injury prevention and pre-exercise screening, program design, and appropriate exercise progression and technique.