GAIN 2016 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is GAIN?

This is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach.

Who attends?

GAIN is open to Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development coaches, Sport Coaches, Physical Therapists, ATC’s, Chiropractors, Doctors and Physical Education teachers. Those who attend are professionals seeking career advancement & renewal through a networking experience and who are interested in getting out of their comfort zone.

Where can I learn more about GAIN?

Go to or call 941-378-1778. You can also email Vern Gambetta at

How do I apply?

Click here to complete your application. We will let you know within ten days if you are accepted.

Why do I have to apply? Can’t I just sign up?

Having people apply is part of what makes GAIN special. It would be easier to make it open for anyone to enroll, but that is not what GAIN is about. We are looking for people who are wiling to share and challenge themselves and others to grow professionally. The people in the network with you are as important (maybe even more important) than the faculty experts. The connections and inspiration you get from those around you have a significant impact on the experience.

Is GAIN a certification?

No it is not a certification program. It is a professional development network; there is no accreditation or certification associated with it.

Is GAIN a boot camp?

No it is not a boot camp. There is an active learning component that attendees participate if they are willing and able but the focus is on teaching and learning through lecture, demonstration and discussion.

How much does GAIN cost?

Tuition is $1875. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and lodging.

Who are the faculty?

We have a faculty 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.

  • Coaching
    • Wade Gilbert, professor in the Department of Kinesiology  at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Gilbert’s areas of expertise include coaching effectiveness, talent development, and sport psychology. Editor – International Sport Coaching Journal | Consultant – USOC Coaching Education.
    • Vern Gambetta, Founder of GAIN Network, Currently Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems
  • Sport Science
    • Ken Clark, PHD, West Chester State University PhD in Biomechanics, Researcher in Human Performance, Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS, USA-W), interested in all things speed
    • Brian McCormick, PhD is an author, basketball coach, and consultant. He has published 21 books for basketball coaches, including 21st Century Guide to Individual Skill Development, coached youth through professional basketball in the United States and Europe, and advised coaches at all levels.
  • Athletic Development
    • Jim Radcliffe, Head S&C Coach University of Oregon
    • Mike Bahn, US Skiing & Snowboard Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. Formerly with Phoenix Coyotes & Arizona Diamondbacks.
    • Nick Garcia, Athletic Development Coach & Assistant Track Coach, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California
    • Steve Magness, Head Cross Country and Assistant Track Coach University of Houston
  • Sports Medicine/Rehab
    • Bill Knowles, ATC Philadelphia Union Academy and HP Sports
    • Ed Ryan, ATC Head Trainer US Women’s Olympic Basketball Team, Formerly Head of Sports Medicine at USOC
    • Randy Ballard, ATC Assistant Trainer, University of Illinois Working With Track & Field and Volleyball
    • Joe Przytula, ATC Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, and athletic trainer with Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth New Jersey USA.
  • Athletic Development
    • Greg Thompson, Elementary Physical Education Teacher Farmington Michigan, Currently Athletic Development and Age Group Head Coach, Livonia City Soccer Club

How does the network work?

The GAIN annual meeting is just the beginning. Participants have access to a secure website that offers access to an online forum and library. There are periodic scheduled hangouts for GAIN members. In addition GAIN members are eligible to come back each year at a reduced rate.

Are there CEU’s?

Yes there are CEU’s from the NSCA and NATA.

When is GAIN?

June 14 to June 18, 2016

Where is GAIN?

It is held on the campus of Rice University in Houston Texas.

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