Speakers

Charlie Weingroff

Charlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He is currently a Physical Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Drive 495 in Manhattan, NY and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ.  He also is a member of the Nike Executive Performance Council and serves as the Physical Performance Lead and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team.  Prior to returning to his home of NJ, he was the Director of Physical Performance and Resiliency and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marines Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, NC.    He graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 1996, and went on to earn an MSPT in 1999 and DPT in 2010 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Beginning in 1998, Charlie spent 12 seasons of professional basketball, highlighted by his time as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.   Among the highlights of his tenure in Philadelphia was being part of the medical staff that ranked 1st in the NBA in Player Missed Games in the 2005-06 season.

Through rehabbing patients, he subscribes to a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Gray Cook, Mike Boyle, Val Nsedkin, Dr. Pavel Kolar, and Louie Simmons.  In training athletes and clients, he champions the principles of the Functional Movement Screen and sound, evidence-based training principles.  Some of the methodologies Charlie is formally trained in include DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FMS/SFMA, TPI, and StrongFirst.

Aside from working with patients, athletes and clients, he is also under the bar himself.  In 2007, he achieved AAPF Elite status in the 220 weight class with a total of 1915 pounds. His best powerlifting competition total is 800 squat, 510 bench press and 605 deadlift.

Currently Charlie is available to treat, train, and consult at Drive495 in Manhattan, NYC and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ.  Charlie often teaches and speaks internationally and consults regularly with Nike, the Roddick-Grunberg Tennis Academy, Perform Better, and Equinox Fitness Clubs.


Al Vermeil

Al Vermeil is the ONLY strength coach to have World Championship rings from BOTH the NFL and the NBA. He is also the only strength coach who has been in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.

Al was honored by being one of the initial inductees to the Strength Coaches Hall of Fame in June 2003.

His knowledge and implementation of new techniques and training methods have made Vermeil’s programs highly visible and respected throughout the sports world. He has developed successful training programs in a wide variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Al Vermeil is President of Vermeil Sports and Fitness, Inc. VSF is currently training players of the World Champion Chicago Bulls, as well as select athletes.  VSF has also consulted with the US Army Rangers Fort Benning Ga., Boston College, Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, Benneton Basketball of Italy, San Francisco Giants, University of Alabama, University of Iowa Basketball, University of Miami (FL) Basketball, Stanford University Sports Medicine, Texas A & M Football, University of Kansas Basketball, Kansas State University, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Chicago White Sox, The Academy of Golf at Lakeway, Nicklaus Academy of Golf, Golf Digest School, teaching golf professionals Chuck Cook, John Elliott, Mike Malaska, and Mark Woods who are both recognized in that select group of top 100 teaching pros as chosen by both Golf Digest and Golf magazine.

Al Vermeil was an outstanding collegiate football player at Utah State University. In l969, when college football celebrated it’s first l00 years, Al was selected to Utah State’s All Time Team.  Mr.Vermeil also established himself as a very successful high school football coach before joining the San Francisco 49’ers in l979 as the strength and conditioning coach. His programs made major contributions to the team’s winning of the l982 Super Bowl Championship.

Al is often the featured speaker at many coaching clinics including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Italian National Basketball Clinic in Rome, Italy, Greek National Basketball Clinic in Athens, Greece and The Mayo Clinic. He has written numerous articles for major publications including Golf Digest, The National Strength Coach Journal, Muscle and Fitness, and Conditioning Association Journal, as well as several conditioning manuals.
 


Corey Schlesinger

Cory Schlesinger is in second season as a Sports Performance Coach at Stanford.

“Cory is a tremendous leader and is extremely knowledgeable in every area of sports performance,” Haase said. “He has a great ability to build strong relationships and create an atmosphere that leads to elite level training.

“We’re excited to have Cory joining our sports performance team,” said Shannon Turley, the Kissick Family Director of Sports Performance. “He brings an excellent combination of passion, knowledge and experience to our program. Cory has already proven during his time at UAB he can lead a comprehensive, basketball specific training system that develops durable, championship caliber teams.”

Schlesinger spent three years as the Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement at UAB, where he worked with Haase and oversaw the men’s basketball program’s strength and conditioning needs.

The Blazers won 64 games in the three seasons with Schlesinger on staff. UAB posted back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016, reaching the round of 32 of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Blazers also captured the 2016 Conference USA regular-season championship and the 2015 conference tournament title.
Schlesinger also worked with the men’s golf program during his time at UAB.

He comes to Stanford with six years of experience as a head strength and conditioning coach, having also spent three seasons at Santa Clara. During his time with the Broncos, Schlesinger worked directly with the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Schlesinger also has experience as a coach at the Olympic Training Center and as a sports nutritionist for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

He is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a United States Weightlifting coach. 

A native of Hillsville, Virginia, Schlesinger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and sports medicine in 2009 at Berea College in Kentucky. During his time at Berea College, Schlesinger was the point guard for the Mountaineers all four seasons.

Schlesinger served an undergraduate internship at Wake Forest in 2007 and at North Carolina during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, while Haase was an assistant coach with the Tar Heels.

He earned his master’s degree in education at Campbell University in 2011, while also serving as a graduate assistant for several of the Camels’ athletic programs.


Ben O'Donnell

Ben O’Donnell is in his second year as an Assistant Strength Coach and Director of Basketball Performance at Kansas State University.  O'Donnell, a former point guard at Florida State and Central Florida, spent five years at Central Florida where he coordinated strength and conditioning for men's and women's basketball and several other sports. Ben has a master degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science and certifications in USA Weightlifting, CSCS and CSCCa certifications.

 


Cal Dietz

Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.

Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance. Utilizing through a collaborative effort which involving numerous professional perspectives from diverse areas of academia such also include professionals from Mechanical engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Orthopedics, and Physiology. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.

During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. He is no stranger to Minnesota athletics after serving as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree. During this time Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a Majority of Olympic Sports.

The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at the University of Findlay Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. Highlights of his career was earning 2 All-American honors in Football and winning the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling. In 1995 he received the NAIA College Sports Magazine Athlete of the year and was inducted into the University's of Findlay's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dietz married Karyn Bye, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in 1998 and silver medal in 2002. The couple resides in Hudson, Wis., with their daughter, Tatum Lynn Born in May 2003 and Brody Michael born July 2005. Cal also contributes and writes articles for www.xlathlete.com.


Bo Sandoval, Director of Strength & Conditioning

Bo Sandoval serves as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the UFC Performance Institute. Sandoval leads the development and implementation of all strength and conditioning aspects within the UFC PI.  In collaboration with the VP of Performance, Sandoval plays an integral role in the continued development of the world’s leading training institution in terms of performance, welfare, and research regarding mixed martial arts.  Over the course of his career, he has designed and implemented comprehensive performance training programs for several NCAA Champions, National Champions, Paralympians, and Olympians in a multitude of sports and disciplines, including Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, Fencing, Figure Skating, Track & Field, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, and Lacrosse. Sandoval’s professional experience includes speaking engagements around the globe covering training topics regarding Wrestling, Judo, Weightlifting, and Programming in continents such as North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Additionally, he was selected by USA Weightlifting to serve as the Men’s Head Coach for the Olympic Test Event held in Rio De Janiero Brazil prior to the 2016 Olympic Games.

A 2017 graduate of the Sports Management Institute Executive Program, Sandoval’s rise through the profession began at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he completed both his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees. Following stints at Belhaven College as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and the United States Olympic Training Center as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist within the Acrobat and Combat Sport-folio, Sandoval most recently served as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan (UM).  While at UM, he expanded his involvement with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), participating in multiple Special Interest Groups, as well as serving as a subject matter expert on Weightlifting for the Essential Lifts Certification and Curriculum, and was honored by the NSCA as the 2015 College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bo and his wife Amanda enjoy spending time outdoors with their son Grayson Thomas, and their two German Shorthaired Pointers, Hank and Cash.


Duncan French, PHD, Vice President of Performance - UFC

Globally recognized as a leading expert in high performance sport, Dr. Duncan French has over 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, French was the Director of Performance Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he was responsible for directing sport-specific technical interfaces that maximized the impact of performance services. Before residing in the US, French was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has worked three full Olympic cycles, and has been the national lead for strength and conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and more recently Great Britain Taekwondo’s Olympic programs since 2004. As a strength and conditioning coach French has coached a host of Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medalists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of different sports. For 3 seasons between 2009-12, French served as the Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United Football Club in the Barclays English Premier League.

French earned his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2004. His research interests lay in the optimization of human performance, neuroendocrine responses to resistance training, strength diagnostics, and the mechanisms of recovery and regeneration. French has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year Award from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. He is a fully accredited strength and conditioning coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), and the NSCA, and holds a USA weightlifting certification. French was the chairman of the UKSCA from 2011-13 and received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry.