Athletic Programs Director - Bill Griffey

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Plainwell, MI Resident

Plainwell resident for over 5 years, loving father of 2, devoted husband & Christian

Background

Bill Griffey has amassed more than 2 decades of unique athletic experiences, including: NCAA Division I athlete in track and field at Western Michigan University, Powerlifting, Highland games, Strongman, Xterra sprint triathlon, Obstacle course racing, and Mountain bike racing, to name a few. A multi-sport standout, Griffey also competed in football, basketball, and track and field while attending Hopkins High School. 

Accomplishments

As a coach at both the high school and collegiate division 1 levels, many of his athletes have earned notable accomplishments, including: USATF National Champion in the Hammer Throw, and NCAA All-American in the #20 weight throw. He also coached National Qualifiers in the shot-put, #20lb weight throw, and the discus at the collegiate NCAA level and State Champions in the 100H, 300H, and the shot-put at the High School level. 

Current

Currently Bill Griffey is an elementary and middle school physical education teacher at Bloomingdale Public Schools. As a physical education teacher, Bill has successfully designed and implemented a curriculum that emphasizes daily fitness education. Lessons and workouts are designed to enhance the 5 components of fitness: 1. Muscular strength, 2. Muscular endurance, 3. Balance, 4. Cardiovascular Fitness, and, 5. Mobility. As an assessment tool, he prefers using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) with his students and athletes. 

In addition to teaching and coaching, Bill is an avid fitness professional. An innovative trainer/coach with extensive experience writing programs using linear, block, and conjugate periodization based upon the training goals of his athletes. His vast knowledge allows him to create and implement training and conditioning programs for athletes in multiple sports. Passionate about health and fitness, Griffey has experience with weight loss programming, mobility, metabolic conditioning, circuit training, and aerobic efficiency training 

Young Trojans Fitness Club Co-Founder

Created Plainwell middle school program to introduce young athletes to strength, conditioning, speed and agility training. 

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE-Sports Conditioning Specialist
  • IYCA-Long-Term Athletic Development Coach
  • USATF Level 1

Certified Athletic Trainer - Kim Eldred

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Plainwell, MI Resident

Plainwell resident for over 15 years, a loving wife, and mother of 3 sports loving kids.

Background

Kim brings ADP expertise in functional training, mobility, injury prevention, strength and conditioning. She has served as a certified Athletic Trainer at Thornapple Kellogg High School and Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan for combined 12 years. 

Kim grew up in the Kalamazoo area where she attended Hackett Catholic High School. She was a multi-sport athlete, playing soccer and basketball. She was inducted into the Hackett Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She continued her soccer career at Aquinas College where she was selected as an All American. At Aquinas, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and became a certified athletic trainer.

Coaching

  

Kim has spent the last 7 years coaching her children in soccer and basketball. Her coaching philosophy is teaching kids core skills within their sports, including teamwork, leadership, health, and fitness that they will carry throughout their lives.

Certifications

  • Certified Athletic Trainer 2002
  • American Red Cross Professional Rescuer (current)
  • US National E Soccer License

Hobbies

  • Triathlete and Runner
  • Bare foot and slalom water skier
  • Coaching and training athletes
  • Love anything outdoors!

Certified Athletic Trainer - Makenzie Evers

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Plainwell, MI Resident

Martin resident for over 22 years with 15+ years of Plainwell/Kalamazoo area sports

Background


Makenzie Evers is a Martin resident for 22 years and has been participating in sports in the Plainwell-Kalamazoo area for more than 15 years. At an early age, Makenzie developed a passion for soccer. She started playing soccer in Plainwell, first at the AYSO level,  then Force and later for Kingdom Premier. Makenzie continued to play soccer there throughout middle school and high school on the premier teams, Super Y and MRL. She also played soccer throughout high school on the Plainwell varsity team all 4 years, going on to win a state championship, runner-up and becoming an all-state player.


Makenzie’s passion for running began with cross country and track in middle school and Plainwell High School. While running at Plainwell, she was all-conference, all-region and all-state multiple times in both sports. She set school records in the 5K, the home cross country course record, the 4x800, the 3200, and the 800m.  Following her time at Plainwell, Makenzie continued to run Division 1 cross country and track at Western Michigan University. She was an academic all-MAC several times.


While at Western Michigan, she earned her Bachelor degree of Science in Athletic Training in December of 2018 and became a certified athletic trainer in March of 2019.


Makenzie brings extensive knowledge in injury prevention and rehabilitation from working with Western Michigan’s Football team and Hockey teams during her time at Western.  

Coaching

Makenzie is the head coach of the Men’s Track team at Martin High school. Makenzie is also an assistant coach for the U-12 and U-16 Girls Force soccer teams in the fall of 2019. 

Certifications

  • Certified Athletic Trainer 2019
  • American Heart Association BLS Provider

Hobbies

  • Running
  • Kayaking
  • Playing with her Dogs
  • Coaching Athletes

General Manager - Scott Rachel

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Plainwell, MI Resident

Plainwell resident for over 14 years, loving father of 3, devoted husband & Christian

Youth Sports Coach

Over 20 years of combined head and assistant coaching for my two boys (14 and 17 today) in baseball, football, soccer, and basketball.  Mentored other youth groups (robotics, bridge building, etc).

Passionate about developing young athletes and teaching them how to compete with skill, integrity, confidence and safety.

Young Trojans Fitness Club Co-Founder

Created Plainwell middle school program to introduce young athletes to strength, conditioning, speed and agility training.

Wake the World Michigan Director

Wake the World is a water sports ministry with over 50 events annually. I organized first ever MI event in 2014 to serve shelter, foster and refugee children by taking them out for a full day on Gull lake to learn wakeboarding, wakesurfing, water skiing and other activities they wouldn't normally have the opportunity to do. We continue to hold our event annually and usually have 20+ wake boats and 200+ participants.

Certified Personal Trainer - Amy Phillips

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Background

Amy is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. A former member of both USA Boxing and the American Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation, Amy continues her education by attending workshops such as the internationally-recognized Ido Portal’s Movement X, the Fundamentals of Lifestyle Wellness Coaching, and Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen. Amy is the mother of two sons, ages 15 and 18. She married her high school sweetheart Joe last February, 30 years after their first date. 

Experience

Amy has trained clients of all ages and abilities in gyms across Grand Rapids, including the YMCA. As a lifestyle fitness trainer at Hope Network Neurorehabilitation Clinic, she created and led exercise routines for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries. 

Philosophy

Amy has picked up three hundred pounds and pulled a RAM 1500 across a parking lot. She can’t run a mile, but refer to the previous sentence before you say anything. Her kindergarten report card said, “Amy can’t skip”; boy, did she show them!
 

A former boxer and powerlifter, Amy is also a freelance writer with a theatre degree. She has taught theatre in homeless shelters, and went to prison to meet with men to talk about a book she wrote, which has nothing at all to do with exercise. In other words, she’s a trainer who knows that life is about much more than burpees.

Amy knows the joys of competition and the aches and pains of middle age. She hears you on the unexplainable weight gain thing. She can help the guy who wants to bench 300 by his 40th birthday (she’s done that, even though he only gave her 10 days), and she can find creative outlets for the stroke victim who wants to walk again.

Movement is what’s important; it’s what our bodies are made to do, no matter your level, no matter your experience. Amy can help you find your next step, no matter where you start.