2020 Livonia Athletic Performance Summit

  • Purpose: to provide attendees with the knowledge, latest research, and strategies to enhance their Physical Education & Strength and Conditioning programs through five - 60-minute presentations and breakout sessions with the speakers.

    Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2020
    Place: Livonia Middle/High School Strength and Conditioning Center and foyer
    Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Cost: $50

    Scroll down for the event schedule, speaker information and speaker session information.

    Registration through Frontline
    Online Payment through GovPay

    Please register and submit payment by March 20th. 
    Registration and payment must be received by March 27th in order to participate. 

    Livonia Middle/High School 
    Strength and Conditioning Center
    2 Bulldog Boulevard, Livonia, NY 14487

Event Schedule

  • 2020 Livonia Athletic Performance Summit Event Schedule:
    Saturday, April 4th, 2020

    8:00 AM - 8:50 AM - Summit Check-in at Livonia Central High School Athletic Entrance (Breakfast in the new foyer)
    8:50 AM - 9:00 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - “The System.” Programming that will make your athlete’s stronger, faster, and more powerful over a sustained period through a competitive season - Nathan Young
    10:10 AM - 11:10 AM - Peaking Your Athletes Using Accommodating Resistance  - Nate Harvey
    11:20 AM - 12:20 AM - Performance Nutrition: How Coaches Can Effectively & Safely Provide Information to Their Athletes - Veronica Tearney
    12:20 PM - 1:30 PM - Break for Lunch 
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - The Use of AutoRegulation and Aerobic Intelligence to Optimize Speed and Power Development - Matt Gildersleeve
    2:40 PM - 3:40 PM - Hamstring Development for Performance and Injury Reduction - Conor McNally
    3:45 PM  - 4:30 PM -  Speaker Q & A

Expert Speaker Panel



Degrees and Certifications:

Nate Harvey

Nate Harvey, M.S., CSCS, has joined the elitefts team as the Executive Equipment Specialist and brings years of experience and knowledge of athletic disciplines to our customers. Nate developed his vast athletic history as the former Head Strength Coach of Olympic sports at The State University of New York at Buffalo. During his ten years at UB, he coached their first ever national champion (shot put), four-team conference champions (one back to back), eight of the schools twelve total All-Americans, 18 Olympic Trial qualifiers, over 50 individual conference champions, 16 individual national qualifiers, and over 75 individual regional qualifiers using the Conjugate Method. He is also a Strength and Conditioning Consultant for the New York Jets. He was certified in Reflexive Performance Reset in February of 2017. His best total is 2450 in the 308 weight class multi-ply division. In the 275-pound class, his best total is 2250 sans supraspinatus. His best lifts are a 1000-pound squat, 750-pound bench, and 750-pound deadlift. Nate looks forward to helping address all of your equipment needs. 

Contact him at NHarvey@elitefts.com 



Degrees and Certifications:

Matt Gildersleeve

Matt Gildersleeve, CSCS, Matt Gildersleeve enters his first season as head football strength and conditioning coach for the University of Buffalo. Gildersleeve comes from the University of Akron where he spent the past seven seasons. He oversees UB football's strength program as well as the nutrition program and fueling station.

Gildersleeve just concluded his seventh season at Akron, his third season as the director of football strength and conditioning, and his first as the nutrition specialist. He was promoted to director in the spring of 2016 after serving as the head coach of football strength and conditioning for two seasons. He helped lead the Zips to a MAC East Division title in 2017.

Gildersleeve earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Mount Union in 2012.  The Dean's List student was a four-year letter winner at tight end for the Purple Raiders, helping Mount Union to four Ohio Athletic Conference championships and the 2008 national championship.

A native of Phoenix, AZ, Gildersleeve earned a master's degree in sport science and coaching principles from Akron in 2014. He worked as a graduate assistant with the Zips until he was named the assistant director of football strength and conditioning in January 2014. Gildersleeve was promoted to head coach of football strength and conditioning in May 2014.

Gildersleeve is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Precision Nutrition Level I certified.



Degrees and Certifications:

Conor McNally

Conor McNally, CSCS, Conor McNally has been and assistant strength and conditioning coach with University of Buffalo Football since August 2017. Prior to his time with the Bulls, McNally served as a Strength and Conditioning Intern with the Buffalo Bills, and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. While at Wofford, McNally was directly responsible for the training and programming for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, while assisting with Football and Baseball.

McNally received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Exercises Science from the University at Buffalo in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.



Degrees and Certifications:

Veronica Tearney

Veronica Tearney, CSCS, RSCC, USAW, Pn1, As the director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports, Veronica (Dyer) Tearney serves as the department nutritionist and is responsible for working with Syracuse's spirit teams. She joined the Orange staff in August of 2006.

Before her full-time appointment at Syracuse, Tearney served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northwest Missouri State University. She earned her bachelor’s exercise science from Syracuse in May 2000. She served as a graduate assistant in the Syracuse strength and conditioning department for three years from 2000-03. Tearney is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Tearney was a track and field athlete as an undergraduate at Syracuse from 1995-2000. She was named the Outstanding Freshman/Newcomer for the 1995-96 season and was honored with the Lucille Verhulst Sportswoman of the Year award in 2000. Tearney placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 2000. She was also a member of the Canadian National Team at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China.



Degrees and Certifications:

Nate Young

Nate Young, CSCS, Nate Young became head strength and conditioning coach at Buffalo State in January 2013 charged with overseeing, designing and assisting with implementation of training initiatives related to the 19 varsity teams at the institution.

Young brings more than 10 years of strength and conditioning experience to his role at Buffalo State, most recently spending the last two years as a civilian musculoskeletal action team coach with the United States’ Army at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

Prior to his time with the Army, he spent three years as the men’s and women’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at Murray State University, and three years as an assistant strength coach at Florida International University.  He began his professional career as a strength and conditioning intern at Binghamton University.

Young competed in track and field as a thrower locally at Canisius College before transferring to Liberty University where he was the Big South shot put conference champion and also played defensive tackle with the football team.

The native of Troy, N.Y. completed his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Liberty in 2003 and when on to earn his master’s in exercise physiology and strength and conditioning from Florida International in 2005.  Young is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.     

Livonia strength and conditioning center

Speaker Session Details