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Joel Smith

Joel Smith, MS, CSCS is a NCAA Division I Strength Coach working in the PAC12 conference.  He has been a track and field jumper and javelin thrower, track coach, strength coach, personal trainer, researcher, writer and lecturer in his 8 years in the professional field.  His degrees in exercise science have been earned from Cedarville University in 2006 (BA) and Wisconsin LaCrosse (MS) in 2008.  Prior to California, Joel was a track coach, strength coach and lecturer at Wilmington College of Ohio.  During Joel’s coaching tenure at Wilmington, he guided 8 athletes to NCAA All-American performances including a national champion in the women’s 55m dash.  In 2011, Joel started Just Fly Sports with Jake Clark in an effort to bring relevant training information to the everyday coach and athlete.  Aside from the NSCA, Joel is certified through USA Track and Field and his hope is to bridge the gap between understandable theory and current coaching practices.


Ryan Banta

Ryan Banta is Parkway Central High School Girls Head track and field coach 2003 to the present, and Parkway Central High School Head XC coach 2013 to present.  Ryan’s coaching tenure has yielded 84 school records. 2 top 4 finishes in 2008 and 2009, District Champs 2007, 2008, and 2009, four runner up finishes at districts 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, two state records 4×800 and 3200 meter run, 14 nationally ranked events, 34 all state performances, 7 runner up finishes, 8 state championship events and 70 state qualifiers (track and xc).  Ryan is the MTCCCA Vice President and MSHSAA advisory board member.  He is a writer for elitetrack.com and speedendurance.com  and has his USATF Level II in Sprints, Hurdles, Relays, and Endurance, as well as a USTFCCCA technical certification.


Josh Hurlebaus

Josh Hurlebaus is the sprints coach at Carroll University And recently coached LJ Hyland to an All-America finish and school record (dropping a full second off of his PR) in his inaugural year in charge of the Carroll sprinters. Josh has been an Elitetrack member since 2005 and is actively involved in many sprint discussions.  He has also consulted various All-American sprinters post-collegiately.

A former Carroll athlete himself, Josh was a 4x All-American and continued to set personal records post-collegiately. He was a 1x USATF Indoor Qualifier. Below are his personal bests.

60m- 6.73
200- 20.97 (21.47indoor)


Chris Korfist

Chris Korfist has been coaching track for 22 years in Illinois. He has coached at Hinsdale Central, Downers Grove North and York HS, producing 59 All-state track athletes, 3 individual state champions, 2 team state champions, 3 second place team finishes, and 2 3rd place finishes.  He owns the Slow Guy Speed School which is a gym that focuses on running and athletic development from which other All-state athletes have trained. He used to run the Inno-sport website and wannagetfast.com with Dan Fichter. He also had the opportunity to work occasionally with some Olympic sprinters and other professional athletes.


Nick Newman

Nick Newman, M.S. is a jumps expert, athletic performance coach, and top 5 ranked British Long Jumper with a current best of 7.80m (25’7). He was born and raised in Great Britain, where he graduated in 2001 with a two year A-level in Sport Science from Durham Community College. His bachelor’s degree is in Exercise Science from Manhattan College in New York in 2006 and in 2009 he earned a graduate degree in Human Performance and Sport Psychology from California State University Fullerton. Nick has been a lifelong researcher and contributor to sport science, specializing in the jumps. His most recent work has been authoring: “The Horizontal Jumps: Planning for Long Term Development”.


Kevin Kuhn

Kevin Kuhn, M.S.Ed., CSCS, MFS is a Kinesiologist and Sport Nutrition Coach in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Vice President of Research and Development for Classified Nutrition (ClassifiedNutrition.com).  Before moving to Dallas in 2012, Kevin was the head strength & conditioning coach for the Indiana Invaders professional running club in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kevin specializes in athletic performance with great interest and experience in running-specific strength & conditioning, corrective exercise, and exercise and sport nutrition.  Kevin has been certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as a Master Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Institute.



Simon Hunt

As a professional for over 11 years with a strong academic background, Simon has developed a truly modern and dynamic style of personal training. Effective, functional training routines, tailored towards your personal health and fitness goals are what he loves to work towards. This progressive style of training is based around a wealth of experience that includes, working with numerous World & Olympic athletes, developing Norwegian sport champions, preventing heart problems and other diseases through exercise as a medicine, as well as countless private clients achieving their personal goals. Simon reaches out to literally millions of people around the world through his website (sihunt.wordpress.com) and YouTube video channel (www.youtube.com/sihunt) with great demonstrations and training advice for all.


Roger Nelsen

Roger Nelsen Jr is an athlete, personal trainer, and coach. Though his primary experience is in athletics, he also works frequently in rehabilitation settings and loves nothing more than bringing people of all ages, backgrounds, and medical histories up to high levels of performance. He currently runs Body Mechanics Personal Training with his wife and fellow trainer Christal Nelsen in Anchorage, Alaska.


Jack Woodrup

Jack Woodrup is the owner of the exceptional website devoted to vertical jumping: verticaljumping.com  Jack has shown himself to be a true  expert and pioneer in the field of jump development and is based out of Melbourne, Australia.  He is the first to develop a vertical jump training program (verticalmastery.com) that uses computer software to create custom training programs suited to the needs of the athlete.


Jake Clark

Jake Clark is a throws coach and strength coach based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is a multi-sport athlete, and in college competed predominantly in the javelin throw.  Starting his coaching career in the fall of 2011, Jake has helped his athletes break multiple records, and set personal bests both in competition and the weight room.  Aside from coaching, he also specializes in graphic design and sport photography, composing the graphics and functionality of Just Fly Sports.


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