Strength & Conditioning Team
The USC Team brings hundreds of years of experience and education to you, giving you direct access to many of the leaders in the field.
Jim Kielbaso MS, CSCS – After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from Michigan State University, Jim headed to Ann Arbor to get a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.
After graduate school, Jim ran an Athletic Republic training center for a year before he was hired as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy. While at UDM, Jim was a part of numerous league championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in a variety of sports and helped numerous athletes move on to professional sports careers. In addition to coaching responsibilities at the university, he also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Sports Medicine. After six years as a collegiate coach, Jim joined forces with the Total Sports Complex to open the Total Performance Training Center in August 2002.
Jim has served the National Strength & Conditioning Association as both a State Director and the Midwest Regional Coordinator. He has been a featured speaker at clinics and conferences all over the country and has authored articles in numerous publications. Jim is the author of four books – Ultimate Speed & Agility, Speed & Agility Revolution, World’s Hardest Exercises and Weight Loss In Reality – and was contracted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association to develop a strength & conditioning curriculum for their Coaches Advancement Program. He was hired by the International Youth Conditioning Association to write their curriculum for the Certified Speed & Agility Specialist certification. He has also produced several informational training products including – The Maximum Football Training System, Agility Revolution DVD, Sprint Mechanics DVD, Manual Resistance Training, How to Dominate Your Combine DVD, Ultimate Speed Development Program, IYCA Ultimate Speed Mechanics & Ultimate Speed Drills and Complete Football Speed. During his career, Jim has trained thousands of athletes including professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey players, Olympic competitors, hundreds of college athletes and too many high school and youth athletes to count. Jim blogs at http://JimKielbaso.com
Adam Stoyanoff MS, CSCS – Adam spent over three years as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Bowling Green State University under Aaron Hillmann and Rick Court. At BGSU, he worked with all 18 varsity sports, with most of his time being spent with Football, Hockey, Basketball, and Baseball. At Bowling Green Adam began to practically apply the fundamental principles of strength and conditioning he learned while earning his BA in Exercise Science from Albion College, where he also played football for four years. Adam earned his Masters Degree in Developmental Kinesiology from BGSU while coaching there.
Adam began his working relationship with Jim Kielbaso while he completed an internship at Total Performance in 2004. Jim allowed Adam to use the athletes being trained at the facility as the sample for a college funded research project under the direction of Dr. Roop Jayaraman. From the internship and data collected he was able to present multiple research studies at the Michigan ACSM in Gaylord, MI.
Adam brings a great deal of experience and science to the Ultimate S & C Team. Early in his career he saw great importance for understanding the basic fundamentals and sciences involved in the Strength and Conditioning field. Through his experiences he’s concluded, that after gaining a base of knowledge, the next step in becoming a great coach is being able to teach those principles well.
Frank Wozny BS, CSCS – Frank graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Kinesiology and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He completed an internship at the Total Performance Training Center and was so impressive that he was brought on full-time, and has worked at TPTC for six years.
Frank has contributed a number of articles and videos online and works with top-level athletes every day. He is also responsible for many business-related aspects of Total Performance and is the Director of their Fitness Revolution program. Frank is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Physical Education.
Adam Gentry MS, CSCS, CSCCa – Adam is the Editor and featured contributor for UltimateStrengthAndConditoning.com. He has authored dozens of articles and is considered an expert in the areas of strength development, sports performance and exercise physiology.
Adam served as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 – 2011. After working at Pitt, he was lured back to his home state of Michigan to work with the crew at Total Performance as the Director of their Rochester Hills facilily. Adam received his BS in Kinesiology from Michigan State and his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Oakland University.
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Darl Bauer – University of West Virginia: Darl is the Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at West Virginia University, working under Head Coach Mike Joseph. Darl received his BS in Exercise Science from Hillsdale College (MI) where he also played football. He spent a year working at the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, MI before moving on to a Graduate Assistant position at WVU where he earned his Masters Degree while working with the S & C staff. Darl holds both his CSCCa and CSCS certifications, and has written numerous articles on different strength training topics. He has quickly become one of the most respected young strength coaches in America.
Bret Contreras – Often referred to as “The Glute Guy,” Bret received his Master’s Degree from Arizona State University and holds certifications from the NSCA, ACE and FMS. He has done extensive research on glute a
ctivation and has been published on several sites including StrengthCoach.com, Tmuscle.com and Elitefts.com. Bret is also the inventor of the Skorcher glute developer. He has an incredibly open and innovative mind and has been training and writing for over 13 years. Bret is now pursuing his Ph.D. in New Zealand at AUT University where he is focusing on applied biomechanics under highly regarded professor John Cronin.
Adam Feit – Carolina Panthers: Adam was the S & C Coach at Eastern Michigan University for a year before being hired on with the the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in early 2011. After serving as Asst. S & C Coach at Louisville for two years, Adam took on Head Coach responsibilities at EMU. Before that, Adam had a stint at The Citadel and completed an internship at Arizona State. He is a graduate of Springfield College and organized the Young Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association which featured a popular newsletter read by coaches all over the country.
Shawn Grant PT – Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists: Shawn is the Director of Phyical Therapy at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists in Wixom, MI. He played college baseball at Alma College in Michigan, and has worked with thousands of athletes at every level of competition. A regular speaker at meetings, clinics and conferences in the area, Grant is also in charge of the Plymouth PT Athletic Training program that provides ATC coverage for several area high schools.
Ken Mannie – Michigan State University: A legend in the field, Mannie has been the Head S & C Coach for football at Michigan State University for over 15 years, while also directing the strength & conditioning programs for all men’s and women’s sports. He holds a Masters Degree from Ohio State University and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through both the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCCa) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). In May of 2002, the CSCCa awarded Mannie the title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach in recognition of his professionalism, expertise, longevity and contributions to the field.
He has written over 200 articles and four book chapters on various aspects of strength/conditioning, speed/power development, sports nutrition, motivation, athletics and the anabolic drugs issue. He has been the keynote speaker at several national conferences and seminars. Mannie writes a monthly column called “Powerline” for Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director and is a frequent contributor to the NCAA News and the Championship Performance newsletter.
Ron McKeefery – A Nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development. The Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society awarded him the Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities. Ron has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning journal, American Football Monthly, and Stack Magazine. Coach McKeefery was the S & C for Football at the University of Tennessee. Before that, he served the same role for 10 years at the University of South Florida. After working with the Cincinnati Bengals for a season, Ron moved on to his current position of Football S & C Coach at Eastern Michigan University. He has helped many strength coaches get their start, and his internship program has become legendary as one of the finest in the industry.
Brad Pantall – Penn State University: Brad Pantall has been a S & C Coach at Penn State for over 12 years, spending time with every team on campus. His main responsibilies are now centered around the Nittany Lions Men’s & Women’s Basketball programs. Brad has also spent time on the S & C staffs of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins. A true Nittany Lion, Pantall joined the football team as a walk on, and eventually earned three varsity letters and played in 36 consecutive games. He earned both his BS and MS degrees from Penn State and holds both the CSCS and CSCC certifications. He has spoken at various clinics and conferences around the country
Ted Rath – Detroit Lions: Coach Rath is in his foruth year as a strength coach for the Detroit Lions. Ted played linebacker at the University of Toledo where he earned his degree in Physical Education. He was then hired by UT as the Asst. Director of Strength & Conditioning, and spent two years working with every team in the department. Rath holds his CSCC certification and has become a popular speaker at various camps, clinics and conferences.
Tony Rolinski – University of Notre Dame: Rolinski has been on the S & C Staff at Notre Dame since 1998, and is the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports. He earned his BS from Penn State and his MS from the University of Pittsburgh where he also completed an internship with the Panthers S & C Staff. Rolinski spent one year as the Head Strength Coach at Duquense University before being hired at Notre Dame. He holds both his CSCS and CSCC cerfitications and is responsible for the S & C programs of 25 different sports.
Alan Stein – Stronger Team Training & Nike Basketball: Alan is recognized as a leader in the area of strength and conditioning for basketball players. He has produced over 12 training DVDs and is on the staff for Nike Basketball where he tours the country teaching athletes the importance of training for basketball. Stein is regularly asked to speak at conferences and clinics and has been published in just about every basketball publication imaginable. Alan owns a great training facility outside of Washington D.C. and regularly contributes to several web sites.
Aaron Stickel – Total Performance Training Center: Stickel works at the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, MI where he brings a unique set of skills and interests to the table. A former U.S. Marine and collegiate soccer player, Aaron draws on his vast experiences when training athletes. He has worked with thousands of athletes at every level of competition including Olympic Gold Medalists and elite professional athletes.
Rob Taylor – Smarter Team Training: Coach Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training (www.SmarterTeamTraining.com). STT has been developed to focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education since March 2009.
Taylor was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola University Maryland for over seven years. Before that, he was the Head S & C Coach at UNC Greensboro. Rob was a strength and conditioning consultant for athletes on the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Champion’s Team Australia in 2005, and was the Head Strength Coach for Team Australia’s 2009 World Cup team . He has worked with professional organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Mutiny, and San Antonio Silver Stars. Rob has also spent time in the private sector as the Director of Sports Performance at the Gordon Institute.
Mike Vorkapich – Michigan State University: Mike has been part of the Michigan State Strength & Conditioning staff for over 12 years and is responsible for the basketball, hockey, and tennis programs while assisting with football. Vorkapich has been a part of two National Championship teams and too many conference championships to count. A former Spartan football player, Mike received his Masters Degree from Michigan State, and has completed stints at both Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Mike is asked to speak at conferences all over the country.
Freddie Walker BS, CSCS – University of Pittsburgh Football Strength & Conditioning: Freddie is originally from Grand Ledge, MI where he was a standout high school football player. An ankle injury almost ended his career, but he persevered and went on to play football at Bowling Green State University where he earned his BS in Exercise Science. After completing his degree he spent time as a strength coach at Michigan State University, focusing primarily on football, men’s & women’s basketball, tennis, golf and hockey. He then joined forces with the Total Performance Training Center, working with hundreds of athletes from 2009 – 2010. He returned to MSU as Graduate Assistant S & C Coach at Michigan State University, before being hired at the University of Illinois where he was the Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football for two years before being hired at Pitt.
Nick Wilson – Wilson was formerly an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy, responsible for lacrosse, track, softball, soccer, tennis, golf and cross country as well as assisting with basketball. He has worked in professional baseball in the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers organizations. He currently works with the crew at Total Performance.
Brian Wilt, Ph.D. – Lock Haven University: Dr. Wilt is a professor in the Department of Recreation Management at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Wilt received his MS in Exercise Science from Michigan State University, where he also served as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for several years. He moved on to earn his Ph.D. from Penn State and joined forces with Lock Haven where he completed his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management.