Today we are ecstatic to announce our fifth presenter for The 2018 Seminar, University of Louisville’s Director of Sport Performance Teena Murray. Coach Murray been driving the profession forward by not only building one of the best performance departments in the country at U of L, but also with being a lecturer in their Exercise Science graduate program. This combination makes her a perfect fit for The Seminar, and a person I can’t wait to have on campus July 20th and 21st. Let’s meet Teena Murray…
JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about you, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available and/or notable publications.
TM: I’m a small town Canadian girl, who grew up on hockey. I played college basketball @ Laurier (Canada)- only because hockey wasn’t a varsity sport (yet)- and fell in love with the weight room. I was my own strength coach, and Muscle & Fitness was my bible, so clearly I didn’t know what I was doing! I quickly fell in love with all things human performance and haven’t stopped studying since then. During graduate school I pursued my strength & conditioning certification, and the rest is history. Now in my 22nd year in collegiate athletics, I’ve also spent time in pro and international hockey. I’ve had stops at Cornell & UCONN and I’m now in year 14 at Louisville. My niche is building leaders for high-performance, and I’m committed to developing the next generation of elite performance coaches.
JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently/how to correct these issues.
TM: At a macro level we have an identity problem associated with a failure to evolve. If our profession is to advance and gain the level of respect deserved, we must reorganize at a national level and clarify standards around education, certification, preparation, operation.
JD: What advice would you give a coach to improve knowledge in the lines of continuing education, meaning could you point our readers in a direction to find the scientific and practical information to improve the methods they use to improve performance?
TM: Be curious. Have a growth mindset. Make a commitment to life-long learning. Demand better mentorship. Put yourself in the right learning/growth environments, and create clear and consistent daily practices. It’s critical that we all become masters of the fundamentals, before creating our specific niche. Know the theory, use the literature, stay current.
JD: If you could, give a brief description of what our attendees can expect from you at The Seminar?
TM: Our top priority as performance leaders is operationalizing excellence. I will share a proven and progressive approach for aligning systems, processes, people and outcomes. I will help you reverse engineer winning in your environment, maximizing your value and efficiency as a coach.
JD:Any closing thoughts Coach?
TM: I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow as part of the CVASP experience.
Who is Teena Murray?
Teena Murray is entering her 13th year as Director of Sports Performance at the University of Louisville, where she has built a model program in collegiate athletics. Teena has also been an adjunct lecturer in the graduate program in Exercise Science at U of L since 2010.
Teena brings over 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and practitioner, having worked previously at the University of Connecticut and Cornell University. Beyond the collegiate ranks Teena has worked with several pro hockey (NHL) teams, the International Ice Hockey Federation, and from 2006-2010 was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team that won a silver medal in Vancouver.
Teena holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and undergraduate degrees in Education and Kinesiology from Queen’s University (Canada) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada). She also holds a long list of industry certifications. She has published extensively, with her research centering on the performance profiling of elite athletes, and is a regular presenter at national events in the sports performance industry.
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