2018 National Conference McKinney Texas


After coming off of our first National Conference, I wanted to give a quick recap on the weekend for those that were not able to attend.


The weekend really kicked-off on Friday, with our first live Master Sports Performance Coach test. With the amount of snow and the travel issues it cause, I am very proud of all of those coaches who were able to make it down to Texas for the MSPC test.

The coaches had to demonstrate (hands-on) their knowledge of the speed & agility training, weightlifting, sports nutrition and program, one-on-one to the instructors Lee Taft, Wil Fleming, Dr. Chris Mohr, and Robert dos Remedios and show their mastery of those subjects. It was a stressful test but here are the coaches that crushed the test to become our first group of Master Sports Performance Coaches.


Congratulations to the National Sports Performance Association’s first ever Master Sports Performance Coach’s – Ryan Wolfe, Robert Gray, ZaQuan Irby, Matt Cather, Joel Gunterman, Mike Yudin, Tyrone McCray, Matt Durant, and Michael Zangl. They are the best of the best.

We are going to be opening up some more dates in 2018 for more live MSPC testing times, if you are interested in becoming a Master Sports Performance Coach, Click here to join wait-list.


Even with snow and travel issues, the National Conference went off without a hitch. Day 1 was lecture day.

Donnie Maib from University of Texas started it off with “Plyometrics and Power Training: Preparation, Progressions and Programming”.


Dr. Chris Mohr was next with the “The Best Diet for Performance”

Toby Brooks from Texas Tech went deep covering “Long-Term Athletic Development: Global Perspectives From Research to Reality”

Anthony Glass from THE Ohio State pretty much showed his whole training program with his topic “Training the Olympic Sport Athlete – Putting the Athletic Development Program and Plan Together”

Then we finished off the day with multiple coaches roundtables. We themed the roundtables so attendees could get specific with their questions.

Two of my favorite parts on Day 1, besides the social, was the networking of high level coaches (like the legends pictured below discussing their training ideas), and seeing the presenters, who were not presenting at the time, sitting in the audience taking notes. This is why they are at the top of our industry.



On Sunday, Day 2, was all hands-on. It’s always great when you can actually try out the drills and exercises you are learning.

Here was the line-up:

Robert dos Remedios – “Movement Prep and Dynamic Warm-up”
Chris Frankel – “Foundational Strength Training Movements for Athletes”
Lee Taft – “Core Speed”
Wil Fleming – “Olympic Lifting Techniques”
Josh Henkin – “Multi-Planar Strength Training: The Missing Component of Developing the Total Athlete”
Jimmy Radcliffe (University of Oregon) – “Acceleration Development and Increasing Team Speed”












The knowledge and instruction these coaches gave, simply was an amazing experience. There is no better line-up of coaches and they did what they do best, coach. So many great take-aways.

One last thing before I end this email that I wanted to cover. We had our NSPA Pro Members nominate and vote on a 2017 Coach of the Year. The winner this year was definitely deserving.




I want to congratulate 2017 NSPA Coach of the Year Matt Durant, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of La Verne.

What a great weekend. If you were there, first thank you for joining us, and I know that you would agree. If you couldn’t make, I hope you will join us next year!


Better Never Stops!