The best sports performance experts in the country—trainers, nutritionists, sport psychologists and others—contribute STACK's Sports Performance content. These men and women work with top athletes and teams, at both the collegiate and professional level, to help them get better and make smart training, nutrition, skills and gear choices. They regularly offer the benefits of their experience to help STACK's readers and web visitors become better athletes. Read about their backgrounds and find their articles and posts—all designed to help young athletes safely and effectively boost their performance. Learn More.
Adam Richmond is a certified athletic trainer and performance coach. He currently serves as the athletic trainer for the Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) football team and is the athletic trainer and performance coach for the men's lacrosse team. He is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through NASM and is certified FMS.
Adam Vogel is the founder of Pure Performance Training (Needham, Mass.) He began his training career working with members of Northeastern University’s football, hockey and lacrosse teams. From there, he expanded into developing strength training programs for the general population and corrective exercise programs for post-rehabilitative patients.
Vogel was the Director of Training and Development at a physical therapy and sports conditioning practice, where he worked with professional athletes from the New England Patriots, Atlanta Thrashers and New England Revolution, as well as with area high school and collegiate athletes. He specializes in corrective exercises for post-rehabilitative clients, with a focus on restoring functional movement patterns, postural equilibrium and joint stabilization.
Vogel is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the International Sports Science Association, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Co
Adrienne Langelier, MA, LPC, is a sport psychology consultant at 1P410 Sports in The Woodlands, Texas. She specializes in helping athletes become their best regardless of their current level or sport. She has been fortunate enough to work with several NCAA and Olympic trial contenders.
AK Ikwuakor ("Coach AK") is a Certified Strength and Conditioning and Sports Performance Specialist, NCAA Certified College Recruiting Coach, Level 2 Functional Movement Screener and USATF Certified Coach. He is a former four-time All-American at the University of Oregon. He has worked with over 1,000 athletes from around the globe and has used his passion for sports to travel to more than 25 countries, competing and teaching life skills and athletic development. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, through his organization Empower 2 Play and partnerships with the United States Embassy, he taught American football to over 250 under-resourced children in Quezon City, Philippines.
Alan Danzis is a lifelong technology enthusiast, which is something he inherited from his father. An early adopter, he had the first generation Sony TiVo, and he had to buy a special device just to plug the analog DVR into his digital phone line in college. Further showcasing his nerdiness, he attributes his exceptional typing skills to playing Sierra games as a kid. Danzis currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., where he usually plugs too many power cords into a single outlet. Keep up with him on Twitter @adanzis.
Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the head strength and conditioning coach for the nationally-renowned DeMatha Catholic High School boy’s basketball program. A performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Summer Skills Academies, Stein is also a camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp and the Chris Paul CP3 Elite Backcourt Camp.