The 2021 Virtual Seminar
As much as I’d love to have everyone back in Richmond, VA, but it just doesn’t seem to be the right move just yet. So, this spring we will be hosting The Seminar virtually, and we are going to crank this up a notch once again. This year’s virtual edition of The Seminar will be a 5-day event. Each of these days will have a specific “theme” to bring you more in-depth dives and open discussions on the topics that you have asked for. We hope you’re able to join us for all 5 days, but if not, you can also choose which days you want to. Think you’ll miss out on a day? The video’s will be available for a small fee (5/day 20 for all 5 with sign up). We hope you’re as excited about this opportunity as we are and able to join us in May!
May 5th POWER
Jenna is the Lead Sports Dietitian at Viverant since the initial launch of nutrition program to the company in 2015. Viverant is a physical therapy and performance optimization company helping individuals move through life better. In this position she works with numerous high school sports teams, pre and post-surgery patients and recreational on up to elite and professional athletes.
Graduate of University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in genetics and cell biology, and a minor in leadership. Jenna went on to obtain her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition with an emphasis on sports nutrition from The Ohio State University. During her graduate studies she worked under the Director of Sports Nutrition to consult with collegiate and recreational runners on enhancing iron absorption through food and improving bone health through nutritional strategizing. Additionally, she worked in the medical center on pharmacology research for muscular dystrophy which broadened her knowledge base of how molecular compounds can directly impact muscle breakdown and repair.
She has worked as a brand strategist for food-based performance nutrition companies across the country to educate companies and medical professionals on the role of food to enhance healing and performance. Additional sports nutrition work for Jenna include working for the largest physician owned orthopedic company in the nation and launched their first ever nutrition program for orthopedic patients and athletes. Sports nutrition continues to be a passion and area of expertise for her as she works with the Macalester College athletic department and has been involved with additional consulting work including: CCM hockey camps for elite and youth hockey athletes around the nation, multiple D3 collegiate hockey programs, Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation, National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the NHL, and now works as the sports nutrition consultant with the Minnesota Wild organization. She speaks nationally with sports medicine providers, orthopedic medical professionals, sports dietitians, coaches, parents and athletes.
Born and raised in Padova (Italy), Antonio Squillante is a Registered Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA RSCC CSCS*D). He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the Universita’ San Raffaele (Rome, Italy). Antonio earned a Master of Science in Sports Performance and Orthopedic Rehab from A.T. Still University (Mesa, Arizona). With more than a decade of experience working with high school and collegiate athletes competing at national and international level Antonio is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of strength training for sport. His first book “Strength Training for Sport. From Science to Practice” published in 2020 has sold thousands of copies. Antonio is the author of “Power. The Training of Champions” published by Ultimate Athlete Concepts
Christine Na is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with almost a decade of experience as a competitive Olympic weightlifter. She has medaled multiple times at the National level and represented TEAM USA at the international level in the sport of weightlifting. She graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California, sat for her Orthopedic Certified Specialist Board exam, and currently works as the Clinical Director at The Physical Edge.
Karim Derqaoui is in his third year with VALD Performance. He oversees numerous global educational initiatives across many of the company’s systems, however largely regarding ForceDecks. His background is centered on performance training, sport science, and end-stage rehab in elite athletics. His experience includes training Major League Soccer teams, D1 college athletics, and international consulting. He has advanced degrees in Sport Science and Exercise Physiology, as well as post-graduate research and teaching in neurophysiology. Originally from Morocco, Karim was raised in France and San Francisco but now calls New Jersey his home.
May 8th Return to Play
Assistant Project Manager at Reef Systems Corp Brigade Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Bio: Dr. Jas Randhawa is the Sr. Performance and Reconditioning Coach for the Sacramento Kings. Prior to his role with the Kings, Dr. Randhawa was the Lead Performance Therapist at ALTIS and a member of the high-performance staff for Canada Basketball. He is also a co-founding member of Rehab 2 Performance, an organization that strives to bring together leaders in the field of rehabilitation, physical medicine, and performance. Dr. Randhawa regularly presents at universities, strength and conditioning, and medical facilities across Canada, the USA, and the UK.
Kaiti Jones came to Louisville in July 2017 and serves as a Senior Sports Performance Coach, where she overseas programming and services for the women’s basketball and lacrosse teams. Given her background in sports medicine, she has a unique perspective on the return of injured athletes back to peak form. Within the staff’s Team of Teams approach, she leads the Reconditioning unit, and contributes to Bioenergetics and Speed. Jones earned her master’s degree in Health Science Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Central Michigan University. She is a certified member of the BOC, CSCCa, NATA, NSCA, and NASM.
TK is the High-Performance Director Kansas City Women’s Soccer NWSL, and formerly the S&C Rehab Coordinator for the Houston Astros. He served as S&C for rugby clubs in London and Japan, and also gained experience in pro mixed martial arts, boxing, tennis, and basketball. He has an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State and received a post-graduate degree in applied sports and exercise physiology from St. Mary’s University in London. Born in Anchorage, AK, Kennell was raised in a U.S. Army family that moved extensively around the US and lived in a few countries as well.
May 10th SPEED
Annie Hogan is the director of sales at Momentous. She has an undergrad degree Western Kentucky University in 2006 with BS in History and a Minor in Business Administration. She then went on to earn her RD and Masters in Applied Health Science at Indiana State University in 2012. Her practical experience in the world of nutrition has led her to be able to work at multiple high major institutions including the University of Tennessee, Baylor University, and University of Tulsa.
Married to Calvin Lowry Sr and Mom to Calvin Lowry Jr. (Deuce) and Klay.
Dr. Ken Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University (WCU), joining the WCU faculty in the Fall 2015 Semester. Ken teaches Biomechanics at the undergraduate level, and teaches Motor Learning at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Ken’s research interests include the mechanical factors underlying athletic performance and injury mechanisms, and he has special expertise in speed and agility development. Ken has peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, and the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.
In addition to teaching and conducting research, Ken has over a decade of speed development and strength & conditioning coaching experience. He has coached in the private sector (Summit Sports Training Center), the high school level (Dallas Jesuit Prep), and in the collegiate setting (Dickinson College, Haverford College, and WCU). Ken has worked with the speed and power athletes on the WCU Track and Field team, and has also been a biomechanics consultant for USA Track and Field, ALTIS, and Parisi Speed School, among others. Ken has coaching certifications from the NSCA, USA-Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field.
Ken received his PhD in Applied Physiology and Biomechanics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2014, where he was mentored by Dr. Peter Weyand. Ken completed his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at West Chester University in 2009. Ken completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Swarthmore College in 2003, where he was a two-time All-Conference running back for the football team.
Courtney Walden joined the University of Oregon athletic department prior to the 2019-20 academic year and serves as the strength and conditioning coach for women’s basketball and softball.
The Ducks thrived in the first year under Walden’s training regime, with the women’s basketball team sweeping the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament championships and the softball team getting out to a 22-2 record before the sports world was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walden came to Oregon after spending two years as the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball sport performance coach at Army West Point.
Walden received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Movement Science in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin, where she was an NCAA Track and Field Championships qualifier in the pole vault. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Exercise Science – Sport Science and Nutrition from the University of Texas in 2017. Walden worked as a strength and conditioning graduate intern at both Wisconsin and Texas.
Justin Kavanaugh has been coaching for over 18 years and is the #1 best-selling author of the book Man Up. He has trained over 50,000 athletes, helped prepare hundreds of College and future NFL players for their Combines and Pro Days. He has a wealth of training and business experience in the field and is regarded as one of the top speed experts in the country. His ability to assess and breaking down biomechanics to correct sport movement is what he attributes to enhance sport transfer. Some of the athletes Coach Kavanaugh has worked with include standouts such as Olympic Gold medalist Justin Gatlin, UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, 3rd overall MLB draft pick Eric Hosmer, the USA Women’s Softball Team and NCAA Touchdown and Rushing leader Keenan Reynolds. His emphasis on the complete athlete, mind, body, and spirit, are what he attributes to his and their success. He is currently the CEO of The Sport and Speed Institute in Chantilly, VA.
May 12th Transfer of Training
Steffan Jones is the last dual professional sportsman in the United Kingdom, having played three years of professional rugby and 20 years of professional cricket. Currently, he is the Director of Sport Performance at a private school in England and a global fast bowling consultant. He is a fast-bowling development coach for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL as well as consulting for individual fast bowlers, javelin throwers, and pitchers around the world.
Steffan is in a unique position having played the sport, is a qualified sports scientist, a UKSCA qualified strength and conditioning coach and also as a level 3 qualified technical coach. His methods are innovative and heavily based on sports science.
Steffan has developed a reputation as an ‘outside the box’ thinker in all overhead throwing sports and is the go-to man when an increase in bowling velocity is required.
His focus on specific strength including weighted ball bowling, the application of the Bondarchuck classification and the utilization of isometric training as part of his skill-stability training method. It has brought him plaudits from around the world and continues to disprove the view that technique cannot be changed as you get older.
First and foremost, I’m a person who is obsessed with getting better; as a human, husband, father, and coach. I believe that training for sport must be individual in nature, innovative in approach, and geared toward long term success. I bring the perspective of years of experience in the NCAA and in Professional sports to this process of performance training.
I received my Baccalaureate Degree in Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2016, my Master of Science Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019, and am currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Sport Science Faculty at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. I have also obtained other pertinent certifications in pursuing the art of coaching. At the end of the day, I believe that coaching athletes is the union of art and science, where smart decisions about training are made based on both experience and scientific principles.
Matt Gildersleeve is in his third season as head football strength and conditioning coach. He oversees UB football’s strength program as well as the nutrition program and fueling station. In his first season, the Bulls won eight games and defeated Charlotte, 31-9, for their first bowl game victory.
Gildersleeve came from the University of Akron where he spent seven seasons. He served as both the director of football strength and conditioning and nutrition specialist for the Zips. He was promoted to director in the spring of 2016 after serving as the head coach of football strength and conditioning for two seasons. He helped lead the Zips to a MAC East Division title in 2017.
Gildersleeve earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Mount Union in 2012. The Dean’s List student was a four-year letter winner at tight end for the Purple Raiders, helping Mount Union to four Ohio Athletic Conference championships and the 2008 national championship.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Gildersleeve earned a master’s degree in sport science and coaching principles from Akron in 2014. He worked as a graduate assistant with the Zips until he was named the assistant director of football strength and conditioning in January 2014. Gildersleeve was promoted to head coach of football strength and conditioning in May 2014.
Gildersleeve is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Precision Nutrition Level I certified.
He is married to Ana Martin-Sacristan a former Academic All-MAC long jumper and runner from Akron. They have a daughter, Mia
May 15th Energy System Development
Jay DeMayo is in his 18th year as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, and his 16th year working with the men’s basketball team in 2019-20.
DeMayo is directly responsible for the strength training, conditioning and flexibility development of the men and women’s basketball teams. He also educates the student-athletes on the proper nutrition to make sure their bodies are performing to their full potential.
In conjunction with his role with the Spiders, Jay also is the head of dry land training for NOVA Aquatics, LLC where he has worked with multiple Olympic trial qualifiers and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Townley Haas.
If that wasn’t enough, Jay also is the owner of Central Virginia Sport Performance, a coaching education company most known from their three weekly podcasts (My Thoughts Monday, Outside the Rack and The Podcast) and their yearly symposium, The Seminar. CVASPS also has published 5 books (The Manual, Vol. 1-5) as well.
As a top expert in field of strength and nutrition, DeMayo has presented at dozens of seminars and clinics across the country. He has also coached and lectured for a month at Ningbo University in China.
DeMayo came to Richmond from Indiana State, where he was a graduate assistant during the 2002-03 academic year. The Fairport, N.Y. native played on the soccer team at SUNY-Cortland.
Keir Wenham-Flatt is a strength & conditioning specialist with over a decade’s experience of working at the elite level of sport in 5 different countries. As part of Strength Coach Network, Keir works to provide educational, networking and career resources of strength & conditioning professionals of all levels from some of the world’s best coaches.
Daniel Guzman is the Head Performance Coach for Los Angeles Football Club which is a soccer team in Major League Soccer. He thrives in the challenge to improve S&C in American soccer to beat serve his athletes. He is married with 2 kids under 3 years old which keeps his and his wife’s plate more than full.