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. 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.
Wake Forest Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Ethan Reeve is entering his 14th season at Wake Forest as the strength and conditioning coordinator. Previously, Reeve spent six years at Ohio University, serving as the first director of strength and conditioning for the Bobcats. He began his coaching career as an assistant wrestling and strength coach for the University of Tennessee, followed by assistant coaching stints with Oklahoma State, Ohio and Clemson wrestling. In 1984, Reeve joined the UT-Chattanooga wrestling program as the head coach where his teams won five Southern Conference championship titles from 1984-1990. Reeve was also the strength coach for the women's US Rowing team that won four gold medals and one silver in the 1995 World Championships. A 1979 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Reeve was a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time SEC champion wrestler for the Volunteers. Reeve is certified through USA Weightlifting, Russian Kettlebell Challenge and is a Master Strength Coach through the National Collegiate Strength Coaches Association.
Tom Shaw oversees his strength and conditioning camps and clinics in Florida, which prepare college football players for the NFL combine as well as train high school athletes. In addition to serving as speed and conditioning coach for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints for six years, Shaw helped the New England Patriots earn three Super Bowl rings when he worked as their strength and conditioning coach. Collectively, Shaw has worked with 122 NFL first-round draft choices, including eight No.1 picks, and 10 Super Bowl MVPs. He has coached some of the biggest names in the NFL, including Tom Brady, Reggie Bush, Peyton & Eli Manning, Chris Johnson, and Santonio Holmes. Previously, Shaw worked at Florida State University as a varsity sport speed coach. An alumnus of Central Michigan University, where he received an undergraduate and master’s degree in exercise science, Shaw competed in sprints and jumps on the Chippewa’s track and field team. Shaw is a Nike SPARQ Master Trainer.
University of Michigan Sports Nutritionist
Joel Totoro is entering his third season as the University of Michigan’s sport nutritionist. Prior to Michigan, he served eight years as team nutritionist for the NFL’s New England Patriots, where he directed all aspects of the team’s nutrition and wellness needs. Totoro also served as the assistant chief dietitian/manager at Southcoast Health System-St. Luke’s Hospital in Massachusetts from 2002 to 2004. He received his Bachelor of Science, Allied Health-Deitetics from the University of Connecticut in May 2002. Totoro is also a Registered Dietitian (RD), a member of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association with a role as a professional chair, a member of American Dietetic Association, a member of the ADA SCAN (Sports, Cardiology, Wellness) Practice Group, a member of the Sports Dietetics – USA practice groups, and a member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group.
Head Strength Coach, Ben Davis High School - Indiana
Kevin Vanderbush is in his 30th year as the strength and conditioning coach for all sports at Ben Davis High School. He teaches advanced weight training, which is a class that involves both strength training and athletic enhancement activities. Coach Vanderbush has received four different national awards: 2008 American Football Monthly’s Samson High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year; 2007 – NSCA – High School Strength & Conditioning Professional of the Year Award; 2003 – AFLAC – National Assistant Coach of the Year Award; and 2001 – Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society – National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award.
Michigan Football Director of Strength & Conditioning
Aaron Wellman is in his fourth year at Michigan as the football team's strength and conditioning coach. He came to Ann Arbor after spending two years at San Diego State and five years at Ball State with Brady Hoke. Wellman has 18 years of experience at the Division I collegiate level, including seven years in the Big Ten Conference. A safety at Division III Manchester College in Indiana, Wellman began his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University, where he earned his master's degree in 1998. He spent three years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Hoosiers and was primarily involved with the football, baseball and softball teams, as well as developing individual nutrition programs for student-athletes.
At Michigan State, Wellman was involved with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for the football team, and assisted with men's and women's basketball and ice hockey. A member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Wellman is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.