Coaches

 

Dr. Josh Cooper


Founder/ Director of Performance

Doctor Cooper brings a wealth of sports science and practical knowledge to the private sector. Dr. Cooper has trained Olympic gold medalists from the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010 Olympic games. He has trained dozens of first round draft picks,  national champions, All-Americans as well as 100’s of professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA. In addition, he has worked with 100’s of amateur and youth athletes from all over the country and in a multitude of sports. Furthermore, Dr. Cooper has prepared 100’s of athletes for the NFL Draft. He specializes in making some of the fastest athletes in the nation faster.

Dr. Cooper started COOPER SPEED-STRENGTH SCHOOL in 2002 in order to deliver the best and most innovative world-class training to the public. Prior to starting Cooper’s he held positions as a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach at the Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, CO), The University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), and The College of New Jersey (Trenton, NJ).

In addition to coaching athletes from a variety of sports and backgrounds, he also acts as an educator to other strength and conditioning specialists. He is often called upon to conduct clinics and presentations at the national level in the fields of sports science, speed development, sport-specific conditioning, program design, and sport mechanics. Furthermore, Dr. Cooper has published multiple peer-reviewed studies on human performance.  These studies were published in the NSCA, ACSM and Med Science Research journals. He also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science and recently completed his doctoral degree in education.

Dr. Cooper was a four-year starter on his college football team.  Following his football career he competed as an elite level judo player and trained with the U.S. Olympic team.  He currently stays competitive by competing in muay thai and grappling tournaments.

 

Kevin Doris

Director of Sports Medicine

Kevin Doris graduated Suma Kum Laude from the Physical Therapy school at Florida A&M in 1999. In 2002 he opened his first outpatient clinic specializing in sports related orthopedic injuries. In 2004, Kevin became a certified  bike fitter for triathletes and road cyclists and has spent his last 6 years participating in cycling racing and triathlon events. In 2008 he finished his first Ironman in Louisville, KY  then a second at Florida Ironman in 2009. He plans to complete one more IM in 2013, but continues to compete in half IM events with a total of 5 in the past 4 years. His practice performs clinical lactate threshold and VO2 max testing for local athletes and regularly promotes local sporting events such as the YMCA youth tri-series, St. Anthony’s  Triathlon, and cycling races. He is a certified Clinical Instructor by the APTA and receives DPT , PTA and Exercise students from around the state each year. He currently sits on the advisory board of South University and regularly provides feedback for the school’s PTA curriculum.

His passion for cycling and qualities as an experienced therapists has helped many athletes over the years to combat traumatic accidents and overuse injuries while being an advocate for healthy and safe riding through teaching awareness strategies on and off road.

 

Vincent A. Lodato, LCSW, CC-AASP


Director of Mental Conditioning 

Vincent A. Lodato, LCSW, CC-AASP a licensed a clinician and therapist who holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University and a Certificate in Sport and Fitness Psychology from California State University-Dominguez Hills. He is a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the highest level of certification and expertise recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and internationally.

He has worked as a consultant to three Major League Baseball organizations providing services on both the Major and Minor league levels for over 16 years. He has designed and implemented a developmental model of education, support, and intervention for minor league baseball players as part of an overall player development system.

He is certified in the 16PF personality assessment and provides evaluations for the Tampa Bay Rays scouting and player development departments for the amateur draft.

He is a professional member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is involved with their Youth Sports Special Interest Group.

He has been in private clinical and sport practice for over 23 years.  Working in professional sports and in private practice locally, he has been active with youth athletes, coaches, and parents to enhance both their performance and enjoyment of sport.

 

Will Irwinn

Performance Coach

Will is a recent graduate of Wofford College. He graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics. During his time at Wofford,he played football as a wide receiver where he was a four year starter. He achieved a couple of school records such as longest touchdown reception and longest passing touchdown.
Will completed a internship with Cooper during the spring of 2016.  During his internship he gained experience working with various athletes specializing working with our football and baseball athletes.
Will is currently working as a strength and conditioning coach and also a personal trainer at the Cooper Sports Performance Gym. He is working towards earning his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

 

Ohrian Johnson
Performance Coach

Orhian graduated from The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports and Leisure Studies. Also at The Ohio State University, Orhian was a four year lettermen at Ohio State where he participated in 3 BCS Bowl Games (Fiesta, Rose, Sugar Bowls) 3 Big Ten Titles, and finished his Career as one of 6 Ohio State Football Teams to ever go undefeated. In High School, Orhian played Football, Track, and Basketball. Coming out of HS Johnson was a nationally ranked recruit and a top prospect in the state which garnered him a plethora of college scholarships ultimately choosing The Ohio State As his college of choice.

In 2013, Orhian became a undrafted free agent to the Houston Texans. Finishing the 2013 preseason with the Texans he was later released and entered the CFL, upon completion of the Toronto Argonauts Season Johnson was picked up by the Arizona Cardinals where he finished out the season. The following year he completed another pre season camp with the Cardinals only to later to be released and picked up again by the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. Upon Completion of the season Johnson returned home and started his journey as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Orhian has over 10 years of sports performance and personal training experience. Orhian has trained children, athletes, elderly, and general populations with great success.

Orhian has 4 years  of experience as Defensive Back Specialist/ skills positional sports performance at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. Also, he has coached soccer and football at a youth level over 2 years.

 

Devin Valencia
Performance Coach

Devin Valencia graduated from the University at Buffalo earning a degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. During his time in Buffalo, Devin completed internships with local performance gyms and with the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the football team. Devin did a full-time internship at Cooper’s where he gained his extensive knowledge of speed mechanics and making athletes strong and explosive. After the completion of his internship, Devin was hired as a Sports Performance Coach at Cooper’s.

Growing up Devin played a variety of sports but stuck with soccer and tennis throughout high school. He continued playing soccer in college as a 4-year starting goalkeeper for Buffalo’s Men’s Club team. Along with strength and conditioning, Devin has gained valuable coaching experience giving tennis lessons and working at tennis camps for over 5 years.

 

Brittany Cooper

Performance and Hitting Coach

 

Bachelor of Science Austin Peay State University (2010)

2007-2010 Division 1-Athlete and a four-year starter at Austin Peay State University.

o   Collegiate records including all time double plays, single season walks, forth all time in stolen bases and two back-to-back 100 assists seasons

2011 World Tri-Fitness Championship

o   Placed first in age division

o    Set the fifth fastest time (all time) on the obstacle course and holds the record for the fastest shuttle run.

2011-2012 Played football for the LFL Tampa Bay Breeze  

o   Two-way starter at WR/CB, as well as the teams kick returner.

2013-Present Currently trains and competes in 5k races.

2014- Won Outlaw Powerlifting Competition at 123lb weight class with a 308lb Deadlift, 235lb Squat, and 125lb Bench

2011 Cambridge Christian, Tampa, FL Varsity Softball Assistant Coach

2013-Present Corbett Prep, Tampa, FL Head Track Coach

2014-Present Corbett Prep, Tampa, FL Head Softball Coach

2011- Present, Hitting& Fielding Lessons 

 

Kelsey Holloway
Performance Intern

 

Joshua Wade
Performance Intern

 

Christine Lodato
Mental Conditioning Intern