R.E.A.L. Man Series

Jason DeMayo is in his 10th year as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, and his eighth year working with the men's basketball team.

DeMayo is directly responsible for the strength training, conditioning and flexibility development of the men and women's basketball teams. He also educates the student-athletes on the proper nutrition to make sure their bodies are performing to their full potential.

Jay has presented at 10 different seminars and clinics in five different states and has coached and lectured for a month at Ningbo University in China.

He came to Richmond from Indiana State, where he was a graduate assistant during the 2002-03 academic year. The Fairport, N.Y. native played on the soccer team at SUNY-Cortland.

We discuss in this episode of the Coach Brix Nation many things including:

~Is there a difference between training Women and Men Basketball players

~The role social media plays with today's athlete

~Specialized exercises for basketball players

Jay also runs a site cvasps.com.  (Central Virginia Sports Performance) where he has tons of information for the strength and conditioning coach. 

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How young is to young to strength train?

Is Chocolate Milk a good recovery drink after a workout?

Do you need supplements?

I answer these questions in my weekly podcast.  Make sure to pass along so more can gain the knowledge needed to become better athletes.  

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Some questions I was asked through social media over the past few weeks.  What is the difference between Whey and Cassein Protein?  When and how should it be taken?  Also should an athlete play hurt?  and finally Concussions should an organization spend hundreds of dollars on fancy helmets to prevent concussions?  

I will answer all of these as well as talk about my upcoming Certification on Acceleration, Deceleration, and Re-Acceleration training.  Go to www.speedandagilityinstitute.com  for more info.  

Also I will be holding a Concussion Discussion May 14th.  All parents, coaches, and athletes need to be here to understand what we need to do to help with this epidemic.  

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Dr. Bryan Mann was hired at Mizzou first as a Graduate Assistant in 2004 and then promoted to Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning in 2006. On top of his duties in the department of Athletic Performance, Mann is also an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training since 2012.

As an Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning, Mann is responsible for assisting with the player development program for football and baseball as well as being responsible for Missouri's women's soccer teams. In addition to these team duties, he is also the Director of Research & Development, as well as being the Coordinator for On-Campus Academic Relations.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Missouri, Mann attended Southwest Missouri State University where he served as a student assistant as well as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from March 1999-May 2004. He assisted in the player development of football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and volleyball. He developed the programs for field hockey, softball, men's and women's soccer, swimming and diving, and men's tennis. He also trained 2004 Barbados Olympic triple jumper Greg Hughes.

Mann also helped in producing some great achievements for the athletic department at SMSU. These include a Final Four appearance by women's basketball and a College World Series appearance by baseball.

Throughout high school and college, Mann was a four-time national and two-time world champion in powerlifting for the Natural Athlete's Strength Association and was considered among the top 20 athletes in the world for his age.

Mann is also an accomplished author and researcher. He has published three books, most notably "Powerlifting" which was published by Human Kinetics, and numerous journal articles. Mann is most well-known for his research on autoregulation of training with the first athlete training article ever done on the Autoregulatory Progressive Resistance Exercise (APRE) protocol as well as assessment of training improvements.

Mann received his degree in Health Promotion from Missouri State University in 2003, a Graduate Certificate in Sports Management from Missouri State University in 2004, a Masters Degree in Health Education and Promotion in 2006 and his Ph.D. in 2011. Mann is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Mann is married to Corinne Schoppet Mann and they currently reside in Columbia.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Physical Therapy & Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning

Nutrition & Exercise Physiology/Department of Athletics
Clark Hall, Room 6C
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 884-3097
E-mail: mannjb@health.missouri.edu

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Ryan Mallett is Personal Trainer and Coach hailing from a small town north of Boston, MA and now living in Southern Florida.  It wasn’t until a work place accident in 2004, that he found his calling in Personal Training and began his journey into the world of fitness. Determined to educate and enlighten, Ryan quickly immersed himself into his craft. He sought out the best in the industry to learn from, and obtained his USAW Coaching Certification; NSCA-CPT as well as FMS Expert designations. TRX Sports Medicine Professional; Battling Ropes Coach and Kettlebell Coaching designations, would also become an integral part of Ryan’s “toolbox”, allowing him to better understand unique training modalities and further understanding of movement and corrective form and function. 

  Ryan had the distinct honor of serving on the NSCA State Advisory Board, along side some very accomplished and succesful professionals, to organize and assist in facilitaing Strength and Conditioning Clinics within the state of New Jersey. He would later go on to serve as the NSCA State Director, before vacating the position to move to South Florida. He is still an active member of the NSCA, and has spoken at Clinics at Rutgers University, as well as Temple University. He is currently sought after for speaking engagments througout the USA, and has been published on ‘The Sport In Mind’ and ‘SportsNutritionInsider” webzines.

 Ryan’s services are second to none, with an exclusive and individual feel to his clients/ athletes, which ensures they get the most positive experiences and, above all else – results. Is your team looking for the competitive advantage? Contact me for a whole new level of individual; group strength training and education!

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A Nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development.  Ron McKeefery has twice been named Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.  First by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society (2008 Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year), and next by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2016 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year).  In 2013 Coach McKeefery was honored as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa).  The Master Strength and Conditioning Coach certification is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach, representing professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.

226829_1073919418420_1539237115_30196838_8808_nCoach McKeefery is a sought after industry speaker.  He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities. Ron is the author of the #1 Amazon International Bestseller CEO Strength Coach, and has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning journal, American Football Monthly, and Stack Magazine.

Coach McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the Professional and Collegiate level.  Working with such professional organizations as the: Cincinnati Bengals (NFL) Kansas City Royals (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), and the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe).  Currently he is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Eastern Michigan University.  Prior to Eastern Michigan he was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Tennessee, and spent 10 seasons with the University of South Florida (Div I BCS level).  In his time at South Florida the Bulls transitioned from Div I-AA to the BCS Big East Conference and appeared in 6 consecutive bowl games.

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The NFL combine is one of the most watched test in America.  The question I have for people is this a good evaluator of football players.  Does this show you a great athlete or a great player?  Listen to my take on the combine.   

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Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the strength & conditioning coach for the nationally renowned, Nike elite DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal from over a decade of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players.

Alan’s passion, enthusiasm, and innovative training techniques make him one of the world’s leading experts on productive training for basketball players. He is a performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual Jordan Brand Classic, the CP3 Elite Guard Camp and the Nike Basketball Summer Skills Academies. Alan is a former camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp as well as the former strength & conditioning coach for the McDonald’s All-American game.

Alan is the founder of the Stronger Team NationStronger Team Huddle and Cutting Edge Clinic Tour.

Alan lives outside of Washington D.C. and is the proud father of Luke, Jack (aka The Born Backcourt) and Lyla.

You can follow Alan on Twitter at @AlanStein

Twitter: @Hardwood_Hustle


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Rick Hagedorn is a professional speed and sports performance coach and a former high school football and track and field sprint coach from Orange County, California.

As a high school football coach, Coach Hagedorn is the proud owner of three CIF Championship rings and states that all three teams had two things in common: great players and great speed. 

As a speed coach, he has privately trained many individual athletes and teams for sports requiring speed development. He not only trains high school athletes in getting ready for the Nike Combines, but also trains college football athletes in preparation for the NFL Draft and the various team Pro Days. He counts California CIF Champions in football, basketball and baseball, California State Champions in football and track and field, and a football seven time Hawaii State Champion as programs that have adopted the Speedburner approach to training.  As a Nike sponsored speed coach and a certified SPARQ national trainer in conjunction with Student Sports Magazine promoting Nike's "You're Faster Than You Think" speed initiative, the Nike Speed Showdown brought Speedburners to life, and convinced him to broaden his athlete base to accommodate the incredible demand for speed training. For that reason, Speedburners was founded in the summer of 2004. 

Since then, the Speedburner system has spread across the country as he has visited many cities conducting speed camps and clinics. Coach Hagedorn says the most rewarding aspects about Speedburners is how well they are received in all of the cities, how much fun the athletes have while they're training, and seeing the difference it makes in their athletic performances in their respective sports. 

Rick Hagedorn has written articles on speed development for Student Sports Magazine, Volleyball Magazine, SPARQ Magazine,and Athletes.com, the world's largest training site. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazine, Local Hype Magazine, Nike SPARQ Training, CBS Sports Stars of Tomorrow, 1560 The Game Radio Show in Houston, ESPN Radio, ESPN Radio Hawaii, The Josh Pacheco Show, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Online, NBC Strikeforce Fights, America Online MMA, the Orange County Register, ABC Houston, and various newspapers around the country. Speedburners has been featured in video shoots for Local Hype Magazine, AquaHydrate water, 2XU compression gear, and an HBO training shoot featuring Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko. He also has worked as a technical advisor for Nike on video, commercial and photo shoots and worked with LaDainian Tomlinson for action shots for ESPN the Magazine at the University of San Diego. 

The belief that there is not a sport that isn't speed based is reflected in the athletes and sports represented in the Speedburner system. Sports and athletes in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, swimming, golf, water polo, wrestling, mixed martial arts, volleyball, track and field, cross country, rugby, ice hockey, ice skating, dance, bobsled racing, and fitness, all employ speed.


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Coach Kavanaugh specializes in sports performance training. He has trained over 25,000 athletes, including hundreds of Division I college athletes, as well as NFL, MLB, NBA, Olympic athletes and UFC fighters. He is a former elite athlete with such credentials as being a high school All-American football player, a member of the Junior U.S. National Wrestling team, and Junior Olympic decathlete. He began training and coaching while still in high school, and after an injury ended his playing career, turned his passion and talent to helping others improve their game. He brings his training expertise to all levels – from professionals, to college athletes preparing for their chance at the next level, to high school and youth athletes looking to improve their skills and confidence, to individuals recovering from injuries – anyone who is serious about their fitness goals.

Having worked with, trained with, and been mentored by some of the greatest coaches in the field today, Coach Kavanaugh knows the impact a coach can have on the life of an athlete, particularly at the high school level. As a result, he approaches coaching with the view that many of life’s greatest lessons come from athletic competition and how one prepares for that competition. He has developed numerous high school and youth speed and sport programs, emphasizing the complete athlete…fitness as well as nutrition, confidence, and mental strength. As a coach, mentor, and motivator, Coach Kavanaugh empowers athletes to exceed their goals.

He is a certified personal trainer, holds an ISSA performance nutrition certification, is kettlebell certified, SCENAR and Systemic Interactive Healing ABC trained, is a Nike SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, & Quickness) Certified speed coach, has been a guest speaker at events around the country, and is the founder of Elite Athletes USA, Inc. and Gladiator Training Systems, a sports performance company based out of Miami, FL.

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Tyrai Anderson has been working his whole life to have a shot at playing in the NFL.  After a great college career, Tyrai has played in some top notch senior all star games.  He has taken on the challenge of playing against top notch players from Division 1 schools and has held his own.  Now just waiting on that chance to showcase his talent against NFL talent. 

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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.

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After being head coach of the Lower Dauphin Falcons for the past 14 years Coach Klock calls it quits.  A coach who brought his blue collar work ethic to a program and a team.  Winning over 100 games in his 14 years and finishing his last 4 years at LD with a record of 39 wins and 11 loses.   Coach Klock will be missed by not only the players but by the community.  

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Coach Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. STT has been developed to focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education since March 2009. SMARTER Team Training has been recognized as an Approved Continuing Education (CEU) Provider for the NSCA, BOC, NSPA, ACE, NFPT and CSCCa.

Taylor was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola University Maryland for over seven years. Rob was a strength and conditioning consultant for athletes on the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Champion’s Team Australia in 2005, and was the Head Strength Coach for Team Australia’s 2009 World Cup team which played in the world championship game also. He has worked with professional organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Mutiny, and San Antonio Silver Stars.

Coach Taylor has also been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UNC Greensboro. He left to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware, while working as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Rob has also worked with the athletic department at Cincinnati, Princeton, and Villanova. At each of these institutions he has helped numerous athletes reach their dream of becoming professional athletes. Rob’s athletes have gone on to be drafted by the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, MLL, NLL and participate in the Olympic Games.



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