October 12, 2015

Coaches

Garrett Buschjost, MEA, CSCS, USAW

Head Trainer/Supervisor

Garret BuschjostGarrett Buschjost serves as the head trainer/supervisor for the MU Human Performance Institute, implementing the direction, development and design of the program.

Garrett is from Wardsville, Missouri, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2013. He earned a master’s of education degree from William Woods University in Athletic Administration.

During his senior year at Mizzou, Garrett joined the Athletic Performance team as an intern under the direction of Pat Ivey and his staff. In this capacity, he assisted the staff with all facets of their program, specifically working with the football, basketball, baseball, track and field, gymnastics, swimming and cheerleading teams. In August 2013, Garrett accepted a graduate assistant position at William Woods University under Bob Jones. As a graduate assistant, he was primarily responsible for the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for the men’s and women’s cross country, golf and track and field teams. In summer 2013, Garrett accepted a position as an assistant trainer at Columbia Speed Academy. He served as an assistant until November 2014, when he became head trainer.

Garrett is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as USAW-Level 1 certified through United States Weightlifting.

Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, SCCC

Director of Research

Bryan Mann Dr. Bryan Mann, formerly an Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning for the University of Missouri Department of Athletics, serves as Director of Research for the MU Human Performance Institute. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Missouri.

As an Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning, Mann worked with nearly all of the sports teams in the department in some capacity or another over the course of 12 years. As a professor at MU, Mann teaches several different classes including Human Anatomy, Human Kinesiology, Sports Performance and Conditioning and Weight Training technique for the health professional.

Mann also is an accomplished author and researcher. He has published three books, most notably “Powerlifting,” which was published by Human Kinetics, and numerous journal articles. Mann is most well-known for his research on autoregulation of training with the first athlete training article ever done on the Autoregulatory Progressive Resistance Exercise (APRE) protocol as well as assessment of training improvements. He is also known as being a pioneer in Velocity Based Training (VBT), having given presentations all over the world on the topic. Recently of note is his work on the effects of academic stress on illness and injuries in college football.

Mann received his degree in Health Promotion from Missouri State University in 2003, a Graduate Certificate in Sports Management from Missouri State University in 2004, a Masters Degree in Health Education and Promotion in 2006 and his doctorate in 2011. Mann is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Fernando Garcia-Villegas

Assistant Trainer

Fernando Garcia-Villegas serves as the assistant trainer at MU Human Performance Institute and assists with day to day operations, program design and implementation.

Fernando attended the University of Missouri; he graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. He interned at Mizzou with the Athletic Performance team, where he assisted with all olympic sports. Fernando has now accepted a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant position at William Woods University under Bob Jones where he will be responsible for the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for various sports. In June of 2015, Fernando joined the MU Human Performance staff as an intern and was recently promoted to a full time position as an assistant trainer.

Fernando is certified through the Nation Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Zach Zimmerman

Assistant Trainer

Zach Zimmerman serves as an Assistant Trainer for the MU Human Performance Institute, assisting with day to day operations, program design and implementation.

Zach attended the University of Missouri where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in May of 2013. He earned a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Missouri in December of 2014 in Educational and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis of Positive Coaching.

In May of 2012, Zach become a member of the University of Missouri Athletic Performance staff, serving as an Athletic Performance Intern. In this role, he assisted with football, baseball, softball, track and field, and swim and dive. In August 2013, Zach was promoted to Graduate Assistant, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the softball athletic performance program, while assisting with football. In April 2016, Zach accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving as a Strength and Conditioning Intern where he assisted with the implementation of the Off-Season Strength and Conditioning program.

Zach joined the MU Human Performance Institute staff in January of 2017.

Zach is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Courtney Meyers

Trainer

Courtney Meyers

Courtney Meyers leads the rehabilitation specialized fitness programs such as Rock Steady Boxing for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, an exercise class for cancer survivors and transitional training. Courtney also assists with day-to-day operations and athletic performance at HPI.

Courtney is from Palmyra, Missouri, and received a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Missouri in 2013. She joined MU Health Care in 2014 as a personal trainer and spends part of her time as a rehabilitation technician at the MU Children’s Hospital Therapy Center. She is a member of MU Health Care’s employee wellness committee and leads exercise “boot camps” for employees.

Courtney is a certified personal trainer with ACE Fitness, certified to teach the Rock Steady program and a certified cancer exercise specialist.