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2012 NSCA Scholarship Recipients
Ryan Colquhoun is an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer®, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and is pursuing his CSCS®. He is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University. He has worked with youth athletes to professional-level athletes of all backgrounds and skill levels, and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology after his graduation from FAU in May 2013.
Nicole Dabbs is a Doctoral student in the department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreational Management at the University of Mississippi. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at California State University-Fullerton in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. Her research interests are in neuromuscular facilitation in sport performance and improvement on baseball and softball performance.
Charles Forsythe is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science. At KU, he was an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Andrew Fry and presented research on baseball batting kinetics at the 2010 NSCA National Conference. He has been a Member of the NSCA since 2009, attended six NSCA conferences, and attained a CSCS® in July 2012. Forsythe also interned at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL where he studied baseball pitching mechanics under Dr. Glenn Fleisig. This fall, he will be a graduate assistant at the University of Texas-Austin under Dr. Ed Coyle. His career aspiration is to work in the front office of a MLB team.
Adam Gonzalez is a Doctoral student of Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida and is certified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He is also a Facility Coordinator of the UCF Wellness Research Center, a Research Assistant in the UCF Human Performance Lab, a Sport and Exercise Science teacher, and a personal trainer.
Nathaniel Jenkins received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Messiah College in Grantham, PA in May 2007. He is now entering his second year as a graduate student under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current research interests include the non-invasive study of neuromuscular function and sports nutrition. He is a member of ACSM and the NSCA and holds certifications through the NSCA.
Brian Kautz is currently a sophomore at Manchester University in North Manchester, IN. This fall will be his second year as a part of the Spartan soccer program at Manchester. He plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. His goal is to be a strength and conditioning coach at either the high school or collegiate level.
Trevor Love is currently finishing his Master’s degree at California State University-Fullerton. He is a part of the Kinesiology program and it has helped improve his knowledge and understanding of strength and conditioning. Trevor has also earned the CSCS® certification though the NSCA.
Masahiro Ono graduated from Jiyu-Gakuen College, Japan in 2009. He is presently attending Lindenwood University, MO, seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Currently he helps the strength and conditioning department for the Lindenwood University athletic teams as a work and learn student and has completed a strength and conditioning internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Ono desires to become a strength and conditioning coach.
Wyatt Robinson is currently in his last year of the Exercise Science major at the University of Kansas. At Kansas, Robinson helps out in the Biomechanics research lab and participates in the studies. Upon graduation from Kansas, he plans to attend a D.P.T program. After obtaining a D.P.T degree, his plan is to teach physical therapy at a University level, and continue doing muscle research. He is a member of KU’s Strength and Conditioning Club and Pre-Physical Therapy club, and is currently pursuing a CSCS® certification.
Justin Roethlingshoefer recently completed his undergraduate degree at Westfield University in Massachusetts, where he played hockey and baseball. He majored in movement science with a concentration in exercise science. Throughout his undergraduate work, he was involved in numerous studies and was published twice in NSCA journals, and presented at the NSCA National Conference in RI. Also during his undergrad, he has done internships in the CFL (Canadian Football League), AHL (American Hockey League), NHL (National Hockey League), NCAA, Canadian National Development centers, and the private sector. He is currently furthering his career at the University of Louisville within the Louisville Sport Performance program working with the Olympic sports and their strength and conditioning staff.
Jimmy Stitz is in his second year as a graduate student at California State University-Fullerton where he is studying for a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Originally from Minnesota, Stitz spent two years at Minnesota State University-Mankato as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach. He now serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Charter Oak High School in Covina, CA working primarily with football and wrestling.
Matt Stock is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences. Stock completed his undergraduate degree at Florida Atlantic University in 2006. He then earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2008, and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma in 2012. Prior to his Doctoral studies, Stock volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach in both Florida and Nevada. His research interests include adaptations to strength training, muscle fatigue, and issues related to the firing characteristics of individual motor units. Stock’s work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, Muscle & Nerve, and the Journal of Sports Science.
Patrick Tingle is a junior at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. He is studying Exercise Science with a focus in strength and conditioning. He is captain of the NCAA Division I ski team at Colby-Sawyer. He trains at Integrated Athletic Performance in Watertown, CT, where his passion for strength and conditioning was formed. He hopes to achieve the CSCS® credential after his senior year and then continue on to graduate school.
Ken Wheeler is a graduate student in the Hardin Simmons 2012 Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McMurry University in Abilene, TX. He also competed 4 years in cross-country and track. Wheeler was the recipient of the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship for Track. He authored and published a training guide on running and strength training for high school coaches, as well as conducted research with local college teams on injury prevention.
Michael Willey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida with minors in cinema studies and law. During his time at UCF, he worked with the Orlando Predators arena football team, attained his personal trainer license, and after a brief 4-month stint training at a local gym, he decided to start his own personal training business called “JustFit.” During this time, he also held boot camp classes and worked with a wide variety of clients. He later finished his undergrad career, immediately got his CSCS®, and went straight into graduate school to study Exercise Physiology.
Hana Michael graduated with honors from Althoff Catholic High School where she played varsity volleyball all four years. St. Louis CYC Volleyball Club was a big part of her past few years with the team playing at the USAV National Championships five times and finishing in the top teams. Michael will play for the Saints at Maryville University of St. Louis and pursue an education in Physical Therapy. She is one of 50 students that was selected as a direct entry into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She enjoys reading the NSCA journals and hopes to utilize them in her studies.
Jolee Paden will be attending Eastern Mennonite University this fall studying Recreation and Sports Leadership and Business on a partial Honor’s Scholarship. Paden graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, IL with high academic and athletic honors. Paden will run cross-country and track at the varsity level while at EMU.
Christopher Bates is in his third year as the first-ever strength and conditioning coach at California Baptist University. Bates has spent his the last two years developing the infrastructure for the Lancers’ Athletic Performance Development program, which involved building the program’s theoretical foundation (i.e., purpose, mission, philosophy, policies, and procedures) as well as developing safe, periodized, and holistic performance enhancement programming and protocols for the student-athletes of California Baptist University. Bates is dual-credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers. He is an active and involved Member of the NSCA, serving on the NSCA’s Diversity Committee. Some of his other memberships include the National, Far West, and California Athletic Trainers’ Association. Bates earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in the accredited Athletic Training Education Program from Cal State Fullerton in 2006, and is currently acquiring a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from California Baptist University.
Evan Enquist is 23 years old and was born and raised in Rochester, MN. He is a graduate of the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. He is attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) in the Human Performance Graduate program and will graduate in the Spring of 2013 with a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He is also the Graduate Assistant in the UWL Human Performance Laboratory and the men’s and women’s Assistant Tennis Coach.
Allen Tran is currently pursuing double Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition at the University of Utah. He has served as a Sports Dietetics Intern for the University of Utah athletics. Tran is USA Weightlifting Level 1 certified and will soon be completing his CSCS® certification. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the food and wine industry, including the acclaimed French Laundry Restaurant in Napa Valley, CA. After completing graduate school, Tran hopes to combine his expertise in sports nutrition, the culinary arts, and strength and conditioning to become a leader in the field of human performance.
Maxwell Shubert is a senior at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI where he is majoring in Administration of Justice. He is a 3-year starter for the Seahawk football team, was selected as the New England Football Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year his freshman year, and was an All-Conference selection each of the following years. He competed in the 2010 NSCA National and International Index Competitions where he won both titles and set 14 competition records. He will be sitting for the CSCS® exam in December 2012 and hopes to leverage his passion for strength and conditioning to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Haley Bergstrom received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Doane College in 2009, and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is currently a Doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her main research interests include the evaluation of cardiovascular, metabolic, neuromuscular, and perceptual responses during dynamic fatiguing exercise.
Michelle Boland was born in Worcester, MA as the youngest of four daughters. She attended Keene State College, where she played women’s soccer, basketball, and track and field. Boland graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and continued her education at Springfield College in the Exercise Science Master of Science degree program with a concentration in strength and conditioning. She is currently at Northeastern University as a strength and conditioning intern. She wishes to continue her education, complete an Exercise Physiology Doctorate degree, and pursue a career in strength and conditioning.
Patricia Dietz joined the Kansas strength and conditioning program in the summer of 2011 and currently works with softball and soccer teams, as well as assists the women’s and men’s basketball teams, all while pursuing her Doctoral degree in the field of Exercise Science. She is also a member of the Research and Coaching Performance team where she assists with current research and projects within the graduate biomechanics lab, undergrad biomechanics class, and laboratory experiments. She is a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®. She also is a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Dietz came to the University of Kansas from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2008-2011. While at DePaul, she designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for 18 Division I collegiate sports programs, supervised and advised graduate assistants, and was the interim volleyball coach. During her time in Chicago, she was the 2011 Illinois State Champion Olympic Lifter in the 69K weight class. Dietz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education non-teaching with a minor in coaching from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. She was a 2-sport letter-winning athlete for the Panthers in volleyball (defensive specialist) and track and field (javelin). In 2008, she received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from UNI.
Andrea Du Bois is a graduate student in Kinesiology at CSU-Fullerton emphasizing in Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning. Currently, she is actively involved in numerous sport performance research studies and also teaches activity classes for the University. Working as a personal trainer on the side allows her to apply her knowledge gained in the classroom and through research. Her future goals include pursing a PhD in order to pursue a career as a research and professor in the field.
Christine Kloiber has spent much time as a Head Coach of Track and Field at the collegiate level in addition to performing as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at her institution. Kloiber has earned her Level II USA Track and Field Certification in the Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, Jumps and Endurance event groups, and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She is an active coordinator in track and field events (including multiple U.S. Indoor National Championships and the 2004 Olympic Trials, where she was a member of the Competition Committee), and has also served on the Board of Governors as an Athletes’ Representative for the governing track and field body of New England (USATF-NE). In the fall of 2012, she will travel overseas to take part in a program focusing on Sports Performance Enhancement with concentrations in physiology and biomechanics.
Andrea Kozai is an MSc student in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and went on to dance professionally in New York City, NY. Her undergraduate thesis examined plyometric and traditional strength training for dancers, and won the Student Research Award from the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Her professional interests lie in using strength and conditioning principles to improve performance and reduce injury in dance.
Nicole Moyen is currently completing her Master’s degree in Kinesiology at California State University-Fullerton. She plans to continue research and teaching through her pursuit of a PhD next year. Her main research interests lie in environmental exercise physiology, specifically focusing on the effects of heat and humidity on thermoregulation and performance.
Colleen Doyle Muñoz is a Doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut under the advisement of Dr. Carl Maresh. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from California State University-Fullerton in 2010, under the advisement of Dr. Daniel Judelson. In alignment with her research interests, her most recent research includes field and laboratory-based studies examining physiological, perceptual, and behavioral considerations of hydration and external cooling.
Angela Teal’s interest in strength and condition field was sparked by her volunteer work as a firefighter, both structural and wildland firefighting. She is a student at Washington State University and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology this year. She is the Vice President of the WSU Strength and Condition Club and a student intern with the strength and conditioning staff for WSU athletes. As a student intern, she was able to develop and implement an exercise circuit with the full-time firefighters at Pullman City Fire department last semester. She is a volunteer firefighter and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Whitman County Rural Fire Departments District 11 and 12, Albion City Fire and Pullman City Fire Reserves. She will soon be taking the NSCA-CPT® and TSAC-Facilitator™ exams and will continue instructing firefighters on exercise practices in the future.
After finishing high school in 2005, Sarah Trifogli moved to Newcastle, NSW, where she completed a Diploma of Fitness and a Diploma of Sport and Athlete Services. She is currently completing her final semester of a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation) degree at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, NSW. On top of full-time study, she is also completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage and running her own small personal training business. She participates in Olympic lifting training and is the only female in the current graduating group of four strength and conditioning interns at the Western Region Academy of Sport. This internship involves in-depth movement screening and specific program design to reduce injury risk and optimize performance within the Academy’s pre-elite junior athlete population. Due to the work that she and her colleagues have done, this internship program has been successful in winning the Strength of America Award in both 2011 and 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Bird. Trifogli is currently a member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and Fitness Australia (FA). She plans to take a holistic approach to athlete injury prevention and rehabilitation management after completing a postgraduate degree.
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