State Director   
Mike Crissinger


Coach Mike Crissinger is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Perry High School in Lake County, Ohio. Before starting at Perry High School in 2014, Mike was a partner with Speed Strength Systems from 2012-2014 and owner of Apex Sports Training (2006-2012) where he was the strength coach for West Geauga and Riverside High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Bowling Green State University in 2003 and his Master of Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in 2007. Mike is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  Coach Crissinger was also recognized as the NHSSCA Ohio State High School Strength Coach of the Year for 2019.


“I am humbled to be selected as Ohio’s State Director for the NHSSCA. I am eager to utilize my experiences and passion to connect with coaches across the state to provide support, share information, and collaborate on behalf of the student-athletes that we have the opportunity to work with. It is my goal to increase access to resources and information to coaches throughout the state and increase awareness of the benefits of having comprehensive strength and conditioning programs at the high school level.”

Mike Winkler
NHSSCA Regional Director
Director of S&C
Akron Archbishop Hoban HS

1. How long have you been coaching?  

This is my 16th year as a strength coach.

2. What is your educational and employment background? Education: 

  • The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.

-Masters of Science Sports Science and Coaching, 2005

  • Walsh University, Canton, Ohio.

-Bachelor of Science Physical Education, 2004   


  • Archbishop Hoban High School (February 2014 - Present)

-Director of Strength and Conditioning  

  • Pittsburgh Pirates (November 2011 – December 2013)

-Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (December 2008 – October 2011)

-Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

  • Cleveland Indians (January 2006 – November 2008)

-Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • The University of Akron (August 2004- December 2005)

-Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

3. What certifications do you have?

    • Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.)
    • Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (R.S.C.C.)

4. What training methods do you implement in your programs or what is your coaching philosophy? Over the years, my program has been molded from many different methods but I would say the Tier System is most represented in our programming. 

5. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started? How important relationships are in this field.  Relationships with your athletes, strength staff, sport coaches, admin or high ups, parents and even other strength coaches are all crucial.  I didn't spend enough time getting to know people when I was younger.  

6. Do you have anything new or unique to your program that you would be willing to share? (Motivation techniques,  assessments, training programs,  technology,  surveys,  communication methods,  fundraising,  etc).  Motivation techniques: I guess is something I can speak to.  Our Hoban Strength Staff hands out an S.O.S. award (Picture attached) to seniors that have done everything the right way over their 4 years.  These are the kids that every coach loves having.  Everything from being an extremely hard worker to being a leader to everyone (especially younger classmen).  This award is very hard to get and our students sincerely want to achieve one.  We started this in January of 2018 and we only have 14 recipients because this award is for the rarest of dudes or dudets!

Travis Lombardozzi
NHSSCA Advisory Board Member
Director of S&C
Brunswick High School

1. How long have you been coaching? 
I am going on eight years as a teacher and S&C coach at Brunswick High School with three years of personal training prior to that. I teach weight lifting, Health, and Physical Education classes along with running our before and after school s&c program.

2. What is your education and employment background?
I received my bachelor's in education from Cleveland State University where I was a member of the swimming and diving program. I later attended the University of Akron where I received my master's in exercise science.

3. What certifications do you have?
Certified C.S.C.S through NSCA

4. What training methods do you implement in your programs or what it's your coaching philosophy?

I have taken something from every coach that I had the opportunity to work with. The biggest thing was keeping things simple and the rest will take care of itself. Consistent Purposeful Effort are the three words we live by.

The way our weight room is run has changed tremendously over the last few years. I look at some of the programming I did 8 years ago and question was that effective and how can we improve on it. I have really started working the 5-3-1 program with the majority of my teams. I like the daily assessment that this program provides.

Every team has an individualized program tailored to their specific sport needs. However, a lot of the main staple exercises are used between teams. I think that there is value in having the same athletes train together that compete together. I ask my athletes "How can you trust someone to compete on game day when you couldn't show up to lifting?"

Athletes have the choice of taking a strength training class during the day or training before/ after school. Student's that take the class don't have to come to team training after school. 

5. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knee when you first started? 

There is a lot of support out there for this position. When I first started I had only worked with a handful of teams. Now that the coaches see what we have to offer they are fully on board with YEAR ROUND training. Coaches need to see what you bring to the table for them to understand why their teams should work with you.

I did this by offering my time to as many sports coaches as possible and the rest caught on once they saw the end result.

There is permanent improvement money you can use towards the weight room if you use the room for class purposes.

6. Do you have anything new or unique to your program that you would be willing to share?  (Motivation techniques, assessments, training programs, technology, surveys, communication methods, fundraising, etc).  

We have tier system that we use for some of our teams. The ultimate blue devil program counts attendance, physical, and academic performance. I use this mainly during the start of the off-season through the end of summer. We also try and promote our program as much as possible and you will see plenty of students wearing S&C shirts that they earned or bought via a fundraiser.

Other than that, I think you will see a lot of the same stuff in other programs.

Feel free to reach out at any time and talk shop.



Shelbie Reichle
NHSSCA Advisory Board Member
Columbus Academy

1. How long have you been coaching?  

I have been a sport coach since I graduated high school in 2009 and began performance coaching in 2014. 

2. What is your educational and employment background?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Leisure Studies from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Allied Health with a focus in Exercise and Health Science from Otterbein University. I began my own personal and team training business in 2014, then became the head strength coach at Grove City Christian School in 2015, and became employed by the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in 2017. I still work for Ohio State but have recently moved schools and now work at Columbus Academy.

3. What certifications do you have?

I have my CSCS.

4. What training methods do you implement in your programs or what is your coaching philosophy? 

I believe it is very important to, first and foremost, connect with my athletes and get to know them as people. They are the reason I have a job and the reason why it's fun! This also paves the way for everything else I want to do. I believe in movement first, and how I progress my athletes' training reflects that.

5. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started? 

I am thankful for the support and friendship of my coworkers at Ohio State that I did not have for the first 3-4 years that I coached

6. Do you have anything new or unique to your program that you would be willing to share? 

I (along with my coworkers at Ohio State) ensure my athletes sprint every day (shoutout to Mike Boyle) and work on landing mechanics every day using athletic position snap-downs and their progressions. 

Pete Collopy
NHSSCA Advisory Board Member
Archbishop McNicholas High School-Sports Performance Director

Pete Collopy, MS, CSCS
Twitter: @CollopyPete
1. How long have you been coaching?
This is my 7th year in coaching. I began volunteering at two high schools in Northern Kentucky while an undergrad, interned at a few colleges, then worked as a Graduate Assistant at the collegiate level for a few years before coming to Wellington.
2. What is your educational and employment background?
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University. During my time at EKU, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Sports Science Lab and interned in the weight room. After EKU, I interned at Xavier University. I’m in my third year as Sports Performance Coach at Wellington and my first year as an Assistant Athletic Director where I mainly work with Middle School. I also teach an Intro to S&C class and a Sports Performance class for our high school students.
3. What certifications do you have?
4. What training methods do you implement in your programs or what it's your coaching philosophy?
I keep an open mind when it comes to utilizing different training methods. The main priority is mastering fundamental movement patterns and then developing an individualized plan that fits the needs and goals of each athlete. The more training methods I can familiarize myself with, the more exercises (tools) I have available to drive specific adaptations. 1x20 has been a very effective method for our students with little to no experience in the weight room. I also use a lot of Dan John’s Easy Strength principles along with the Conjugate Method. Dan John is a great reminder for me to keep programming simple and focused on effort and intensity.
The Covid-19 lockdown and safety protocols really changed the way I program and how our training operates on a regular basis. We still train in the weight room with small groups, but the majority of our in-season team training is now done outside or in very large open spaces with students maintaining a distance so I’ve had to get creative, using less equipment while staying focused on programming what’s optimal for our athletes. In a lot of ways, the lockdown has made me much better at my job. I use Sign Up Genius to control group sizes; Teambuildr has helped me stay organized and allows to me to progress our students in their training efficiently. We’ve been forced to get away from manual resistance training, which was a large part of what we used beforehand. The track coach at my school and Charlie Francis Training Systems have made me much better at understanding and coaching plyometrics and speed.
Coaching is the platform I was blessed with to make a positive impact in my community. It all starts with relationships. I need to get to know the person behind the athlete in order to be as effective as I can be. I’m focused on helping our students understand the “why” behind everything that they do. The standards of our program are the most important aspect that drives our culture. Winning is a byproduct of our standards and our relationships.
5. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started?
In my first year at Wellington, I greatly missed being on an S&C staff surrounded by other like-minded individuals. I finally realized all I had to do is reach out to other HS S&C Coaches in the state for help to improve my program. A lot of the coaches I reached out to I had never previously met and they gave me their time and attention. It just goes to show how special of a network we have in the S&C community. I also began searching for feedback from the sport coaches at my school and it’s helped me gain a better outside perspective and understanding of specific details about certain sports I have less experience with.
6. Do you have anything new or unique to your program that you would be willing to share? (Motivation techniques,  assessments, training programs,  technology,  surveys,  communication methods,  fundraising,  etc).  

During my time as a GA in a Sports Science Lab, I had the opportunity to work with almost every technology tool you can think of that’s commonly used in a lot of weight rooms. But I really believe, at the high school level, if you can educate your kids and get them bought in on how sleep and nutrition impact their performance, it’s going to give them a greater advantage in performance and a more valuable impact on their life than any wearable technology tool. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf are two books that have impacted the way I coach just as much as any training method. I would recommend them to every coach.
Much of what we do as S&C Coaches is done behind the scenes. Parents don’t often get to see us coaching in action like a sport coach, so it can be difficult in a lot of ways to build relationships with members of our communities and for some to see our true value. Having a presence on social media and putting information in our school newsletter has been huge for building relationships beyond just our students in the community.
Randy Berning
NHSSCA Advisory Board Member
Brickwise Training Center