Our Team 2017-11-10T12:56:48+00:00
Mike Young, PhD
Mike Young, PhDDirector of Performance & Research
Mike is the founder & owner of Athletic Lab. Mike is the guiding force behind Athletic Lab’s training philosophy & methodology. He oversees all training, instructor quality & staff education. Full bio

About Mike

Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting & a CrossFit Level 1 coach. He is on the advisory board for the Korean Weightlifting Federation and has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to ESPN Insider.
Mike has coached athletes to National and / or World Championship appearances in 5 sports (bobsled, skeleton, track & field, triathlon, weightlifting) as well as directing the training plans for professional athletes in the MLS, MLB, NFL NHL and PGA and has coached at 4 Division 1 NCAA programs.
  • 6 NCAA National Championship Track & Field teams at LSU
  • Coach of 7 USATF National Champions
  • Fitness coach for North Carolina Football Club of the NASL
  • Fitness coach for North Carolina Courage of the NWSL
  • Fitness coach to 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks
  • Fitness coach to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS
  • Strength & Speed coach to World Series Champion Andres Torres
  • Strength & Speed coach to Super Bowl Champion Marquise Hill

Mike has authored or co-authored research on sprinting, balance, motor learning, stretching & biomechanics of throwing that has been published in peer-reviewed international research journals. Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international conferences. He serves as an invited editor for Journal of Sports Sciences, Sports Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching and has been a biomechanist for USA Track & Field since 2001.

Mike has served as an instructor or professor at LSU, UNC, Ohio University & Lenoir-Rhyne University. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for coaching education programs from USATF, USTFCCCA & USA Weightlifting. He has lectured extensively across the US as well as in Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea and Sweden. He has taught coaches for organizations ranging from USA Speed Skating, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Korean Strength & Conditioning Association & the North Carolina Justice Academy.
In addition to his research publications, Mike has written 2 books, 2 book chapters, contributed to the curriculums of the coaching education programs for USATF & USTFCCCA, has over 20 articles published in nationally distributed publications ranging from Maxim to Runner’s World, & has written hundreds of blog posts on several of the largest sport conditioning sites on the web.

Our Incredible Team

Greg Gustin, MS
Greg Gustin, MSAssistant Director of Performance
MS Human Performance & Sport Psychology | BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | Full bio
Cate Young
Cate YoungDirector of Operations
BS | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USA Track & Field L-1 | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
Brian Guilmette
Brian GuilmetteDirector of Content & Community
BS Exercise Science | NSCA-CSCS | CSCCa-SCCC | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Full bio
Stephanie Funderburk
Stephanie FunderburkDirector of Wellness & Nutrition
BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Precision Nutrition PN1 | Former D1 Athlete – Soccer | Full bio
Chris Hoina, MS
Chris Hoina, MSCoach
MS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | ACSM-CPT | CrossFit L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | Full bio
Drake Webster
Drake WebsterCoach
BS Kinesiology | NSCA-CSCS | CrossFit L-1 | USA Track & Field L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 | Full bio
Matt Hunter
Matt HunterCoach
BA Health and Human Kinetics | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USTFCCCA TFTC | Former D3 Athlete – Track & Field | Full bio
John Evans, MS
John Evans, MSCoach
MS Sports Science | BS Exercise Science | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | USA Track & Field L-1 | Full bio
Vince Ragland
Vince RaglandCoach
BS Health Fitness Specialist | NSCA-CSCS | Former D1 Athlete – Track & Field | Academic All-American | Full bio
Devin Cornelius, MS
Devin Cornelius, MSCoach
MS Sport Management | Former D2 & D3 Athlete – Track & Field | 3x All-American | Full bio
Krishna Rajendran, MBA
Krishna Rajendran, MBADirector of International Business
MBA | Full bio
Dre Vazquez, LMBT
Dre Vazquez, LMBTSoft Tissue Therapist
LMBT | CrossFit L-1 | USA Weightlifting L-1 Sport Performance | Full bio
Ivan Jukić
Ivan JukićAssistant Director of Research
MS Kinesiology | BS Exercise Physiology | Full bio