Why I Became a Sports Performance Coach
“It’s about building character, self-confidence, discipline, courage, mental toughness, and most importantly, a positive outlook on life.”
I am often asked why I became a sports performance coach and why I am so intense when coaching. The answer is simple. What I do isn’t a job. It’s something I truly love and enjoy doing each and every day. As a sports performance coach, I have the ability to impact an athlete's life in a positive way. It’s not only about lifting weights or running until you can’t feel your legs anymore. It’s about building character, self-confidence, discipline, courage, mental toughness, and most importantly a positive outlook on life.
My passion for strength and conditioning began during my freshman year at the University of South Carolina as a student-athlete. I always embraced the grind and gave my best effort in every situation. Unfortunately, my career was cut short due to multiple injuries: two-foot surgeries, four lower back injuries, and an ACL tear. This is why understanding the human anatomy and applying science to training is crucial. I don’t ever want an athlete to experience what I did. There is always a risk for injury. However, training the right way can definitely reduce that risk.
I was fortunate to coach at the collegiate level and learn from some of the best. Nothing beats having a facility and welcoming youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. It is my dream come true!