Our faculty is a very special group with a tremendous breadth of experiences and a track record of excellence in their chosen fields. They know how a performance team works, how all aspects of athletic development complement each other and most importantly they understand the process of developing athletes. The faculty and their willingness to share and interact make GAIN special. They know how to connect the dots and still stay grounded in the basics. They completely live the GAIN Mission which is: To focus on the possibilities for enhancing human movement with no limits or limitations and emphasize connections and links between all disciplines in the same manner we emphasize connections and linkages in the body.
With each faculty members short bio, I have included their presentation topic and a link to their episode on the GAINcast, many have also been guests on the HMMR media podcast.
Vern Gambetta, Founder of GAIN Network, Currently Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. Vern brings 50 years of experience having worked with sport at all levels of competition.
- Topic 1: Morning session on the Multi-Stage warm-up.
- Topic 2: Presentation on Leg, Legs, Legs – the Foundation.
- Topic 3: Wrap up presentation on Reflections & Recollections.
Peter Vint, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in sport science, performance technology, and sport analytics. He has served as a trusted advisor, consultant, and educator with leading sporting organizations including the US Olympic Committee, UK Sport, Titleist Golf, Nike, and a number of professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, and The Premier League.
In 2016, Dr. Vint was hired as Academy Director for Everton Football Club in the English Premier League. During that time, Vint and his leadership team launched a number of initiatives to support improved health, wellbeing, and athletic development of Everton’s 160 Academy players who range in age from 9-21. Prior to his work in the UK, Peter served the United States Olympic Committee for more than a decade as Senior Sport Technologist, Director of High Performance, and Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research and Innovation.
Dr. Vint holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics (sport science), completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Motor Control and Motor Learning, and has completed executive leadership studies at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
- Topic 1: Deterministic Model – Theory and Application and Living with Analytics
- Topic 2: Living with Analytics
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 80: Performance Team (with Peter Vint)
John Pryor, Former conditioning coach Japan Rugby, now the conditioning coach for Fiji Rugby and The Brumbies in Super Rugby. John has developed a system for blending speed and strength development based on his experience and incorporating the concepts of Frans Bosch that apply to all sports. He is not afraid to challenge conventional thinking.
- Topic: Daily Breakout/Workshop on elements of robust running.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 135: The anatomy of agility – part 1 (with Frans Bosch and John Pryor) and GAINcast Episode 136: The anatomy of agility part 2 (with Frans Bosch and John Pryor).
Jim Radcliffe, Head S&C Coach University of Oregon, a pioneer and a true master of the profession. Jim Radcliffe joined the Oregon athletic department in August 1986 and works as the head strength and conditioning coach. Radcliffe is one of the most overlooked elements in the success of Oregon student-athletes and not only plays a significant role in the Ducks’ football program as the designer of the year-round conditioning calendar, but also has been quick to aid the athletic development of athletes in the sports of baseball as well as men’s and women’s track & field.
While he has long been one of the integral components to the program’s success – as often credited by both past and present Oregon student-athletes – his work and innovation are now recognized as one of the overwhelming contributions to the fast pace the football team has employed in recent years.
During his tenure, which is the longest among his counterparts within the Pac-12 Conference, he has established himself as a highly-respected teacher, coach and author. An active clinician throughout the country, he is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities regarding exercise for the development of strength, speed and agility.
In addition to overseeing a strength and conditioning program that was named one of the top 10 in the country in 2013 by Bleacher Report, Radcliffe was included on a list of the 65 most influential strength coaches of all time by another 2012 website, as well as one of three national finalists for FootballScoop’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award in 2010.
Upon his hiring in 1986, Radcliffe spent two years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Ducks before assuming the head role, a position he has held since.
Radcliffe taught and coached a variety of sports and was the athletic trainer for four years at Aloha (Ore.) High School from 1980-83. He then did graduate study at Colorado and worked in private business prior to joining the Ducks’ staff. Graduating from Pacific (Ore.) with a degree in physical education and health in 1980, he played four seasons at defensive back and was captain of the special teams. Radcliffe earned his Master’s in biomechanics from Oregon in 1992.
- Topic 1: Morning field session on plyometric progressions.
- Topic 2: Co-presentation with Vern on lessons learned.
- More Inforamtion: GAINcast Episode 125: Gold medal roundtable
Martin Bingisser, HMMR Media, Swiss National Hammer Throw Coach, many times Swiss national hammer throw champion. Martin is the founder of HMMR Media, an online coach’s education platform, and co-host of the GAINcast and HMMR Podcast. He is also active as a coach, servicing as the Swiss national coach in the hammer throw, throwing coach for LC Zurich, and fitness coach for GC Rugby Zurich. Martin is a graduate of University of Washington and is a practicing lawyer in Zurich Switzerland.
- Topic: Martin will co-present with John Kiely on New Concepts of Stress & Adaptation.
Grace Golden PhD is currently is a Senior Lecturer & Program Director for the Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Oregon. Her education includes BS in Physical Education/Teacher Preparation (University of Oregon, 1989), MS in Physical Education/Athletic Training (University of Oregon, 1991) and a PhD in Exercise and Sport Science (Oregon State University, 2007). She has been Head Women’s Athletic Trainer (University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1997-2000), Assistant Athletic Trainer (Stanford University, 2000-2001), Associate Head Athletic Trainer (UCLA, 2007-2009) and Clinically focused on lower extremity screening and long-term rehabilitation of ACL injuries, her philosophy and approach are strongly influenced by emphasizing the existing intersections of fundamental movement skill development, motor learning theory, and apt performance programming in active individuals who have experienced lower extremity injury in order to emphasize physical literacy & athletic performance and the potential to prevent injuries.
- Topic: Grace will present on Taking a Hard Look at Evidence Based Practice.
- More Information: HMMR Podcast Episode 172: Better balance (with Grace Golden)
Nick Garcia, Athletic Development Coach & Assistant Track Coach, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California. An accomplished athlete himself Nick has developed an outstanding athletic development at Notre Dame high school where he works with all sixteen sports. He earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s in Physical Education from Cal State Northridge. Nick is also the co-host of the HMMR media podcast with Martin Bingisser.
- Topic: Nick will do a morning practical session on Special Strength.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 46: State of the Sport (with Nick Garcia)
Leonard Zaichkowsky PhD, a professor, researcher, and consultant for almost four decades at Boston University, pioneered sports psychology by bringing cognitive neuroscience and sports performance together as an interdisciplinary science. His academic textbooks and research publications demonstrated the importance of an athlete’s remarkable brain in anticipating and acting on opportunities during competition. He has consulted with teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, Australian Rules Football, the Spanish men’s national soccer team, and Olympic sports organizations around the world. Len is a former president and a fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health, Sport and Science. Recently, the American Psychological Association honored Len with the “Distinguished Service to the Profession” award. Today, Len is a cofounder and senior consultant at 80 Percent Mental Consulting, advising coaches, teams, and sports organizations on developing athlete cognition. After too many Boston winters, he and his wife now live in Fort Myers, Florida.
- Topic 1: Training the Brain
- Topic 2: Learning to Learn Better
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 130: The playmaker’s advantage (with Len Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson)
Greg Gatz is in his 19th year as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports. While overseeing the facility management and organization of 21 varsity athletic teams, Gatz is directly in charge of program design and installation for several specific teams including baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and track (sprinters/ hurdlers). Gatz has worked with several national champion teams at Carolina including: women’s soccer (1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012), men’s soccer (2001 and 2011), a volleyball team that finished with one of its highest national ranking ever (No. 7) in 2014 as well as the baseball team’s six recent appearances in the College World Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
Prior to the University of North Carolina, Gatz spent 11 years as a high school physical education teacher and coach in the Orlando, Fla., area. A 1983 graduate of Ithaca (N.Y.) College, Gatz competed in football and track while receiving a degree in physical education. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
- Topic: Greg will do one presentation “The Carolina Way” highlighting the evolution of Olympic Sport Strength & Conditioning program during his 21 years at UNC.
- More Information: HMMR Podcast Episode 112: Win Like A Tar Heel (with Greg Gatz and Jonas Sahratian)
John Kiely PhD, John has worked directly with the coaches of Olympic and world champions in three major sports. He has coached a Paralympic track medalist and European champion, numerous combat-sport athletes, and lots (and lots!) of kids. From a team sport perspective, he has worked as the Power Training Consultant for the Munster senior rugby squad, the Director of Fitness for Garryowen Rugby Academy, and as an advisor to top professional football clubs.
Outside the sporting domain John has consulted for both the police and the military and has performance managed the science and conditioning support for elite polar expeditions. From 2005 to 2009 John was the Head of Strength and Conditioning for UK Athletics, and retains a brief with that organization to provide direct service to current world champion and Beijing silver medalist, triple-jumper Philips Idowu and coach Aston Moore.
From an academic perspective John graduated with an honours degree in sports science from the University of Limerick, and a master’s degree in strength and conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. In the past John has lectured on sports science and physical education courses at the University of Limerick, has published in both practical coaching and peer-reviewed science journals, served as an invited reviewer for top sport science periodicals, authored a book chapter, presented on various topics at international sports science conferences, and regularly present at coaching conventions.
- Topic 1: New Concepts of Stress & Adaptation
- Topic 2: A breakout/workshop on training coordination.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 61: The Future of Periodization (with John Kiely), GAINcast Episode 132: Learning to control (with John Kiely) , HMMR Podcsat Episoed 48: Mental Biases (with John Kiely)
Bill Knowles, Director of Reconditioning and Athletic Development for HPSports is world-renowned in the field of Sports Reconditioning and Athletic Development. As a specialist with years of experience at the Professional, Olympic, and Elite Junior levels of sport; he specializes in developing injury prevention, performance training and reconditioning strategies for athletes and teams. Bill has lectured and trained staff around the world on his concepts of managing joint compromised athletes in their quest for a return to competition following injury. He has equally presented an adolescent model of injury prevention and performance for soccer players. Bill works consistently with the Philadelphia Union Academy in Major League Soccer/USA. Bill has worked with governing bodies of sport such as the RFU (England Rugby), The FA, Australian Institute of Sport, Chinese Olympic Committee, US Soccer, US Skiing, The England Institute of Sport, and the NCAA. He has trained athletes and staff from over sixty professional teams throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
- Topic: Bill will present on Beyond Reconditioning.
- GAINcast Episode 49: Reconditioning (with Bill Knowles) and HMMR Podcast Episode 124: A dollar a day (with Bill Knowles)
Angus Ross PhD, Physical Performance Lead – Performance Physiologist, High Performance Sport New Zealand in a power physiology and strength and conditioning role, primarily working with track and field. He has worked with a number of sports at an elite level within the NZ system, including sprint cycling and skeleton in recent years. He was an Olympian in Bobsled for New Zealand.
- Topic 1: Angus will present on Eccentric Strength Training – Do’s and Don’ts
- Topic 2: A Year with Tom Walsh – Lessons for All
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 83: Power Physiology (with Angus Ross)
Ed Ryan, ATC serves The Andrews Institute as the Director of Athletic Medicine providing service on behalf of Nemours Children’s Hospital to the US Tennis Association’s National Campus in Orlando Florida. Ryan served as the 2007-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team athletic trainer and medical services coordinator for all USA Basketball teams. A 21-year member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Sports Medicine staff, Ed served as the Medical Director and head athletic trainer for numerous events, including the Winter Olympics, Summer Olympics, Winter Paralympics, and the Pan American Games.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 141: Athletic medicine (with Ed Ryan)
Randy Ballard, ATC, Director of Integrated Performance He oversees the collaborative efforts of I-Perform, which includes representation from the Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning and Sports Nutrition units to promote an integrated athletic department that provides student-athletes and teams with programming and resources for optimal performance, athletic development and global wellness. Ballard was integral in the creation of the I-Perform program, which launched in the spring of 2014 with the goal of putting forth a unified approach to student-athlete health, well-being and performance. Randy is a graduate of Kansas State and has a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas.
- Topic: Randy will present on Putting it all Together
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 45: Perform (with Randy Ballard) and HMMR Podcast Episode 32: Movement Screens (with Randy Ballard)
Joe Przytula, ATC (AKA Mr. GAIN) is currently the Supervisor of Physical Education and Health at Elizabeth Public Schools USA- the second largest school district in the state of New Jersey. Prior to 2012, he was the head Athletic Trainer and a physical education teacher. He graduated from Montclair State College with a BS in physical education with a concentration in athletic training. He was NJSIAA athletic trainer of the year in 1998, recipient of the Governor’s teacher award in 2008, and NJAHPERD Active Schools Champion in 2018. Joe’s model of athletic development and rehabilitation is strongly influenced by manual therapy, the Gambetta Method, and physical therapists David Tiberio and Gary Gray. He has extensive involvement in improving community access to nutritious food, and engineering walkability/bikeability back into neighborhoods.
- Topic: Joe will do a breakout workshop session on Hip to the Shoulder
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 149: Integrated training (with Joe Przytula)
Greg Thompson has been teaching and coaching for over 30 years. He has degrees from Alma College and Wayne State University. He currently teaches elementary Physical Education at Longacre Elementary in the Farmington Public School District in the suburban Detroit. Since coming to Farmington, he has served as K-12 Physical Education Coordinator and Department Chair. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as Acting Principal. His programs have earned two EDEX awards, one for assessment and one for “Rise and Shine”, his before-school exercise program. In 2014 he received the Governor’s Champion for Health award from the Governor’s Fitness Council. Since 2010, he has been a member of the GAIN faculty. As a coach, Greg has successfully completed the USSF “A” License as well as the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He has performed as Director of Coaching for the Livonia Soccer Club and the Dexter Soccer Club. He is currently with Michigan Rush-Northville as Athletic Development Director. At the collegiate level, he has worked with Schoolcraft College Men’s Soccer, Madonna University Men’s Soccer, and currently with University of Michigan Men’s Club Soccer. Coach Thompson was recognized with Madonna University’s coaching staff as NAIA Regional Coaching Staff of the year.
- Topic 1: Greg will do a morning practical session on Crawling
- Topic 2: Presentation on Applying Differential Learning Concepts
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 37: Physical Education (with Greg Thompson)
Steve Myrland, Myrland Sport Training. Steve is an innovative thinker who can connect the dots like no other. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He has worked as an athletic development coach in the NHL and at the University level including National Championship teams in Soccer and Ice Hockey at University of Wisconsin.
- Topic: Steve will present morning sessions on Sticks, Straps, & Mini Bands.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 25: Train to Play (with Steve Myrland), GAINcast Episode 108: Counterculture (with Steve Myrland), and HMMR Podcast Episode 149: Zen and the art of training (with Steve Myrland)
Chris Webb, a graduate of University of Pittsburgh Chris works closely with Vern Gambetta on GAIN swimming. He is former Head Coach, T2 Aquatics & Fort Collins Area Swim Team. He will present on Coach Wellness & Keep Perspective.
- Topic: Chris will a present Taking Care of Yourself.
- More Information: GAINcast Episode 66: The Champion’s Choice (with Chris Webb)