I once heard a pastor preach on how life is a journey. In his message he expressed how people forget about how life is a journey and forget that everyone’s journey is different. He talked about people taking the wrong paths of life and how those decisions negatively affected them from that point through eternity. He preached about the opposing decision of living right and accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. This choice affected your life positively. I'd like to share my journey and how God laid on my heart the path of strength and conditioning for my career choice.

I t all started in high school when I was in weight training. I loved the weight room. I saw the benefits when I played sports and how it propelled me from an average athlete to an elite one. While I always thought that I wanted to be in law enforcement from an early age, I went on to college to play baseball. I thought that I would finish my in collegiate experience, then go into a career in law enforcement. That is what I wanted to do. Remember that is what “ I ” wanted to do, or so I thought. Little did I know, God had other plans for me and my career path. 
S 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.

I 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. 
A fter spending a few years at Furman as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, I found myself being called to T.L. Hanna High School. I accepted the position as the Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2015. I am now in my third year at T.L. Hanna coaching all sports in the weight room. I am leading the way of teaching by emphasizing to younger athletes the importance of strength training and how it can propel you as an athlete. This effort must be matched by the intensity the young athletes pour into the training. Remember everyone’s journey is different and some coaches get to their destiny on a different path. The one thing that I can say is I never relent in my efforts to attain success. I also challenge the athletes to work as hard as you can at whatever you feel God calls you to do. Life is a journey, what is yours? 
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About The Author 
Daniel is in his 3 rd year as the Director of Strength and Conditioning where he oversees all sports for the athletic department. Daniel began his strength and conditioning career at Acceleration Sports Institute of Greenville in 2006 and spent 7 years with the company. He then went on to Furman University in 2013 as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning where he oversaw all Olympic sports and assisted with Football. In 2015 Daniel was hired as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at T.L. Hanna High School. Daniel is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Speed and Explosion Association, and Tsunami Barbell. He currently resides in Greenville, SC with his wife Apryl and their 4 children: Bella, Palmer, Sawyer, and Sullivan. 
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