Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record.
Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. Dan is also a Senior Lecturer for St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.
His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad. He and Josh Hillis co-authored “Fat Loss Happens on Monday.”
In 2015, Dan wrote Can You Go? on his approach to assessments and basic training. In addition, Before We Go, another compilation akin to Never Let Go became an Amazon Bestseller.
Lance Walker, MS, PT
Lance is currently the Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Texas, and has been a member of the team since 2007. He directs global operations for the company in the US, China and England and is also responsible for ensuring product development and implementation for MJP licensed facilities. Lance earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University where he was a three-year letterman and attained Academic All-Big 8 honors as a receiver on the football team. He also earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma.
Daniel Shapiro, MS, CSCS, PES
Director Basketball Performance
Daniel Shapiro begins his fifth season as the Husky Men’s Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is responsible for designing and implementing the club's year-round strength and conditioning programs, while working closely with the training staff and doctors in monitoring player nutritional needs and injury rehabilitation.
Shapiro comes to the Huskies after serving as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Sacramento Kings in the N.B.A. Prior to the Kings, Shapiro spent two seasons at the University of Dayton as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s & Women’s basketball teams. His previous work experience includes a seven-year association with the Seattle Supersonics as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach under Dwight Daub. During his stay with the Sonics, Shapiro doubled his duties with the organization and worked as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA from their inaugural season in 2000 until May of 2003.
Shapiro is co-founder of the NBSCA (National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association), established in 2008 and served as its inaugural president from 2009 to 2011. In May 2010, Shapiro was awarded the 2010 NBSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
A native of Renton, Washington, Shapiro earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science and master's degree in physical education, both from Seattle Pacific University. He has his CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Shapiro enjoys working out and ran and completed his first marathon in summer 2009 in Seattle.
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning - Purdue University
Josh Bonhotal was hired as an assistant director of sports performance in May of 2011. He oversees men's swimming and men's tennis and works directly with men's basketball and men's and women's diving.
Prior to his arrival at Purdue, Bonhotal spent nearly three years with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant strength & conditioning coach. Bonhotal's duties with the Bulls included coaching athletes through all aspects of the strength & conditioning program, traveling with the team to manage player workouts and lead warm-ups, testing and evaluating NBA Draft prospects and coordinating recovery protocols.
Bonhotal also served as a strength & conditioning intern with the Bulls following his graduation from Wisconsin in 2006 with a degree in kinesiology.
Bonhotal's additional work experience includes a stint as strength & conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Winchester, Massachusetts, and a sports performance internship at the International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Florida.
He worked in the UW sports conditioning department as a student assistant while pursuing his undergraduate degree, while also founding Get In the Game Sports Performance and serving as its director from 2004 to 2007.
Bonhotal is an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and is also a certified Heartsaver AED through the American Heart Association.
He is expected to receive a Master of Exercise Science degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, in December of 2011.
Strength & Conditioning Coach - University of Texas
The former Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball on Shaka Smart’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Roose begins his first season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s Basketball at The University of Texas.
The 38-year-old Roose served as Director of Sports Performance for Men’s Basketball during each of Smart’s six seasons at VCU (2009-15). The Rams posted an overall record of 163-56 (.744) and made five NCAA Tournament appearances.
VCU and Duke are the only two programs in the country to have posted at least 26 wins in each of the past six seasons. In addition, VCU is one of only 11 schools in the nation to earn a NCAA Tournament bid in each of the past five years (Cincinnati, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, San Diego State and Wisconsin). The Rams’ NCAA appearance this past March marked the first time in school history VCU had advanced to the Big Dance five straight years, and the first time in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia that a Division I basketball program had accomplished that feat.
Smart’s style of play during his time at VCU was termed "Havoc." Simply stated, it was a high-octane platform marked by full-court pressure and transition offense. Roose was the architect of the physical conditioning program needed to play that style of basketball.
The Rams led the country in steals per game for three consecutive seasons (2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and ranked fourth nationally this past year (9.5 spg). In 2012-13, VCU’s 422 total steals shattered the Atlantic 10 single-season record of 352 set by Xavier in 1998-99. The 422 thefts marked the 18th-highest single-season total in NCAA Division I history. During the 2013-14 season, the Rams registered 391 steals, 21 more than any other squad.
VCU also ranked near the top of the national statistics in turnover margin and opponent turnover rate under Smart’s guidance. The Rams led the nation in turnover margin in 2011-12 (+6.47) and 2012-13 (+8.03) and ranked third nationally (+5.4) during the recent 2014-15 season. VCU’s +8.03 mark in 2012-13 was the sixth-best turnover margin by a NCAA Division I team since the 1992-93 season.
Roose and Smart’s tenure in VCU will be forever linked to the magical 2010-11 season, which saw the Rams advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history. VCU posted a 28-12 overall record, including a 12-6 mark in CAA play, and earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Forced to play in a First Four game in Dayton, the Rams registered five consecutive upsets in what many experts called the greatest run to the Final Four in tourney history. Along the way, VCU defeated "Power 5" schools USC (59-46), Georgetown (74-56), Purdue (94-76), Florida State (72-71 OT) and Kansas (71-61). VCU, which fell to Butler in the NCAA semifinals, finished the season ranked No. 6 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, the highest in school and CAA history.
Prior to his arrival at VCU, Roose spent two years at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2007-09). He oversaw the strength and conditioning program of all 16 athletic teams for the Braves.
Roose served as a graduate assistant at Marshall University for one season (2004-05) and then transitioned into a role as director of strength and conditioning at Marshall for three years (2005-07). He worked directly with the basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball teams, but oversaw and designed training programs for all 15 varsity sports for the Thundering Herd. He also spent one year (2003-04) at Campbell University, serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Camels.
Roose earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Appalachian State in 2001. He later earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall in 2006. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Roose also has been tabbed as a Level 1 coach by the United States Weightlifting Association.
A native of Troy, N.C., Roose was born on Oct. 10, 1977. He and his wife, Laura, have one son, Devin (born Feb. 20, 2007), and one daughter, Anna (born Jan. 23, 2012).
Director of Athletic Performance - Wake Forest University
Ryan Horn is in his third season with the Wake Forest basketball program in 2015-16. Horn serves as the Demon Deacons' Director of Athletic Performance.
Horn joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning at the University of Tulsa where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships--the program's first league title since 2003.
Horn spent three seasons at Tulsa and most recently directed the athletic performance programs for men's basketball and softball while assisting with football. He also previously worked with the Golden Hurricane women's basketball and women's soccer teams.
Prior to Tulsa, Horn spent five seasons at VCU as the associate head strength and conditioning coach. Horn was directly responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for the Rams' men's and women's soccer, field hockey and golf teams while also assisting with men's and women's basketball.
Horn began his professional career as a volunteer intern at Robert Morris University and Liberty University where he assisted with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for football and men's and women's basketball.
Horn played football at East Stroudsburg University for one season and James Madison University for three seasons.
Originally from Inwood, W.Va., Horn graduated from Shepherd University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in May of 2007 and completed his master's degree through the VCU Center for Sports Leadership in 2008.
Horn is an approved mentor and strength and conditioning coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and a Level 1 Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field.
Horn and his wife, Ashley, have two children: son, Landon, and daughter, Addison.
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach - Wichita State University
Adam Ringler enters his sixth year as Wichita State's Strength and Conditioning Coach for Women's Sports; including Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Women's Tennis, and Women's Golf.
Coach Ringler also serves a duel role as the Director of Wichita State's Strength and Conditioning internship program; responsible for the day-to-day education, curriculum development, and in-the-trenches coaching and teaching of 8 professional interns each semester.
Ringler is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NSCA).
Throughout Ringler’s tenure at Wichita State, he has directly assisted with the physical and mental preparation of multiple All-Americans and Missouri Valley Championship teams; including many memorable team moments competing in multiple NCAA tournaments.
While at Michigan State University, Ringler was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach and worked with multiple Big 10 championship teams and several individual All-Americans. He worked closely with the volleyball team and directly oversaw the strength and conditioning program for wrestling, helping the squad place six NCAA qualifiers and awarding one All-American. Ringler also assisted with the strength and conditioning programs for 17 Michigan State Olympic sports and assisted with the men's and women's basketball teams.
Ringler also has experience as an instructor in the classroom and also as a professional mentor to many young strength & conditioning coaches in the industry of collegiate athletics. He is actively sought as a consultant on program design, training equipment, and the administration of testing protocols. He has coached a host of collegiate players who went on to have highly successful professional careers.
He is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and holds a Master's of Science degree in Kinesiology with a specialized coaching concentration, also from Michigan State.
Both natives of Niles, Michigan; Adam and his wife, Brittney, have a young daughter, Breslin.