Sport Performance Team

Sport Performance Leadership Team

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt University Sport Performance Leadership Team, through a collaborative effort, is dedicated to maximizing the physical and mental performance of each athlete through an evolving and dynamic individualized approach.

Staff

Administration
James Dobson: Associate Athletic Director • Sport Performance

Applied Sports Science
Tyler Clarke: Director • Applied Sport Science

Medical
Dr. Robert “Warne” Fitch: Vanderbilt Athletics Head Team Physician
Assistant Professor • Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Nutrition
Blair Hitchcock: Director • Sports Nutrition

Sports Medicine
Justin Wenzel: Assistant Director • Athletic Training • Rehabilitation Coordinator

Strength and Conditioning
Chris Ham: Strength and Conditioning Coach • Baseball

Collaboration Opportunities

If interested in research or product development collaboration opportunities please contact James Dobson at james.dobson@vanderbilt.edu.

Strength and Conditioning (Olympic Sports)

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt Athletics Olympic sports strength and conditioning staff is committed to helping each student-athlete reach their physical potential through a comprehensive approach to developing the complete student-athlete. Through individual assessment and program design, it is our objective to increase the athletic performance of each individual athlete while reducing the risk of injury.

Staff

Tyler Clarke: Director • Applied Sport Science
Track and Field, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country

Carlos Daniel: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Men’s Basketball

Chris Ham: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Baseball

Allison Randall: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Women’s Basketball

Darren Edgington: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Bowling, Men’s Golf, Soccer

Walker Grisanti: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Baseball, Men’s Tennis

Josh Willhite: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Lacrosse, Swimming, Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis

Emil Iankov: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Assists Men’s Tennis, Men’s Golf

Facilities




Internship Opportunities

If interested in internship opportunities with Vanderbilt Athletics’ Olympic sports strength and conditioning team, please contact Josh Willhite (joshua.c.willhite@vanderbilt.edu).

Student-Athlete Mental Health and Performance

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt University Counseling Center supports the mental health needs of Vanderbilt students, encouraging their work toward their academic and personal goals. Our highly skilled and multidisciplinary staff develop evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique background and needs by working together with our student athletes, campus partners, and community providers. The University Counseling Center also emphasizes prevention and education through collaboration and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment.

We offer culturally responsive services in a safe and affirming space, and are committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue that provides our team with opportunities to grow in the context of their own cultural identity development.  The University Counseling Center is committed to understanding the role of diverse experiences and backgrounds in order to best promote mental health and wellbeing in the lives of individuals and in our community.

Staff

Jillian Balser
Therapist • University Counseling Center (Athletics Liaison)
615.322.2657
jillian.c.balser.1@vanderbilt.edu

Tim White
Sport Performance and Mental Health
615-322-5060
timothy.white@vanderbilt.edu

Sydnee Collins, Ph.D.
Sport Performance Consultant
sydnee.collins@vanderbilt.edu

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Applied Sports Science

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt University Applied Sports Science department acts in pursuit to provide a dynamic and continuously evolving competitive advantage to all Vanderbilt student athletes and coaches through aggressively evaluating, examining, communicating, and improving all aspects of performance data collection, analysis, and decision making. 

About

The Vanderbilt University Applied Sports Science Department was created in 2021.  The daily operations of the department, directed by Tyler Clarke, center around the goal of increasing the athletic performance and decreasing the risk of injury for all Vanderbilt student athletes.  In pursuit of this goal, the department focuses on the following functions:

  • Research and Development
  • Staff and Athlete Education
  • Data Collection
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Athlete Functional Evaluation
  • Training Technology Vetting and Implementation
  • Performance Community Outreach

Collaboration Opportunities

If interested in research or product development collaboration opportunities please contact Tyler Clarke at tyler.clarke@vanderbilt.edu.

Internship Opportunities

If interested in internship opportunities with the Vanderbilt University Applied Sports Science Department, please contact Tyler Clarke at tyler.clarke@vanderbilt.edu.

Nutrition

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt Sports Nutrition staff is committed to fueling and educating student athletes on an individual basis for optimal performance both on the field and in the classroom. We are founded based on a food-first philosophy backed by sound scientific research. We strive to provide our athletes with the knowledge to increase athletic performance, decrease illness and injury, and achieve optimal long-term health.

Vision

To develop a sound nutrition department that is the benchmark for success providing our student athletes research-based resources needed to excel both on the field and in the classroom.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students interested in volunteer opportunities in the Nutrition Department, please contact Blair Hitchcock at blair.hitchcock@vanderbilt.edu.

Social Media

Follow Vanderbilt Sports Nutrition on Instagram.

Staff

Blair Hitchcock: Director • Sports Nutrition
Mary Glenn Lipman: Assistant Director • Sports Nutrition
Julia Baird: Football Dietitian
Jasmine Gilbert: Dietitian Intern
Kristina Kors: Football Dietitian Intern