The API coaching staff has many years of experience in sports performance training with many of the same credentials required by collegiate athletic programs and professional sports organizations including a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) - the "Gold Standard" in the sports performance training industry.

Danny Locklear Danny Locklear, Director of Sports Performance and Coach

Danny Locklear earned his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Frostburg State University and his Master's Degree in Exercise Science & Coaching from Concordia University Irvine. Danny is passionate about improvement in sports performance and in people. Using his background in strength training, Coach Danny works with his athletes and clients to create a "journey-based" approach to improving their athletic performance and reaching their fitness goals. Coach Danny is a Certified Performance Specialist through EXOS, a certified Sports Performance Coach through USAW, and is certified in Olympic Weightlifting through the USA Weightlifting Association. Email Danny

Bernard WilliamsBernard Williams, Sports Performance Coach

Bernard earned his Associate's Degree in Sports Management from Barton County Community College, as well as his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. As an athlete, Bernard is an Olympic gold medalist for the 4x100m relay in 2000, an Olympic silver medalist in the 200m in 2004, World Champion in the 4x100m relay in 2003, World Championships silver medalist for the 100m in 2001, as well as NCAA Champion in the 100m and 4x100m relay in 2000. As a coach, Bernard has trained district champions in the 100m and Junior Olympic National Competitors, as well as hosting track and field camps in the state of Florida. Email Bernard

Nick KnappenNick Knappen, Sports Performance Coach

With a “practice what you preach” mentality, Coach Nick provides scientific and calculated speed and strength programs to ensure the best possible result for each individual athlete. Coach Nick graduated with a degree in exercise science from Salisbury University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Nick’s goal is to challenge each athlete physically and mentally so that each individual becomes a better athlete after each training.

Emi EnglandEmi England, Sports Performance Coach

Emi England earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Grove City College. At Grove City she was a manager on Varsity Women’s Basketball Team for a season and co-captained the Women’s Club Rugby Team for a season. She found her passion for coaching during her internship as a strength and conditioning coach at Axis Sports Performance in Columbia, MD. Emi is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.


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