o I spent a short stint in law enforcement in Greenville, South Carolina but I did not get the satisfaction that I thought policing would bring to my life. I knew down deep inside that I was really called to be a coach of some sort and I knew I loved weight training. I realized how it changed my life as an athlete. I got introduced to two Hall of Fame Strength and Conditioning coaches. These guys knew a former professional athlete who operated a sports performance facility in Greenville and were looking to hire a strength coach. This connection provided me with the opportunity I needed. I spent a few years with that company and moved up in the ranks. However, I still felt I was not living out my calling in life. To put it in laymen’s terms, I was not fulfilling my journey that God laid on my heart. I knew that internal tugging would not subside.
got to know David Abernethy when he was the Senior Assistant at Clemson University. One day I went down to Clemson to visit David and watch those guys train. I knew that day that Collegiate Strength Coaching was what I was being called to do. Already married with two children, I knew it would be hard to quit my job and take a graduate assistant job from a financial standpoint. I stayed in contact with David over the next few years. David eventually accepted a job at Furman University. I met with David and told him that I still felt called to be a collegiate strength coach. After talking with David, he told me that I could start contributing as a Volunteer Strength Coach at Furman University. I would work over there early mornings, late evenings, and weekends to get my foot in the door, in an effort to pursue this dream. After volunteering for a year underneath David at Furman, an assistant job came open and he hired me. This would be my first collegiate coaching experience. Without David I would have never had that opportunity to fulfill my journey as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.