D1 Huntsville hosted its first soccer combine with former United States National team defender Desmond Armstrong. After some tactical skills training, teams consisting of the Rocket City United NPSL team squared off with the Huntsville Soccer Club U15 State Championship team and Desmond’s Hero’s team from the Huntsville area. With coaches from universities like Duke, Virginia, and Maryland in attendance, these athletes were given the opportunity to perform in front of a highly reputable audience, in hopes of playing at the next level.
Michael is doing off season training at D1 Sports. He has played with both the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders. “My favorite team had to be the Oakland Raiders when I was a kid. Peyton Manning is one of the best players in the league right now, the guy is so smart. It almost seems as though he knows the defense better than the defensive players do. One of my least favorite players to go against is Brandon Jacobs. I think the one thing that sets me apart is that I am an asset to all aspects of the game; I am willing to do whatever is needed with no questions being asked. My favorite thing about Nashville is that it is home to me and the fact that it is the Music City. I train at D1 mainly because it is so convenient and such a nice facility that is never crowded.”
In a recent Tennessean news article, Tyler Smith talks about his training efforts for the NBA draft. The former UT standout has been training hard with Ronnie Stapler at D1 Huntsville. Smith discusses how the majority of his day is spent at the D1 facility working on his strength, speed, shooting, and fundamentals. Click Here to read the article
Averitt/D1 Corporate Wellness Center just finished their third Tri-Life Challenge. This was a weight loss and total inches lost competition. They started with 30 competitors and finished with 15. As a group, Averitt lost a total of 127.2 pounds and 149.5 inches in 12 weeks. The challengers had to complete weekly physical challenges and keep up with food log. The winners were Laura Beaty (in blue) who lost the most percent body weight. Laura lost 11.37% body weight, 16.8 pounds, and a total of 20.25 inches. Amy Bowman (in brown) was the winner in the most inches lost category. Amy lost a total of 24 inches, 12.4 pounds loss, and 5.39% of her body weight. These ladies, and every competitor, worked very hard. They have learned that it is a “life style” change not just some “magical pill” that you can take. Great Job Averitt!
Congratulations to Brooke, Jocey, Heather, Val, Tanzye, and Jena on making the Titans cheerleading squad. It looks like your training at D1 paid off. Good luck to the girls as they get ready for the upcoming season.
Cedric is doing his offseason training at D1 Little Rock. He played college football at Arkansas and has played for the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. “My favorite NFL team growing up was the Oakland Raiders. A player that I would least like going against in the NFL right now is Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins. I looked up to other running backs like Emmit Smith and Bo Jackson as a kid. My hidden talent is that I can do the floor routine in gymnastics. The thing that I like about D1 is that it’s accessible as well as private.”
Check out the Fox Sports News article about the University of Tennessee’s basketball standout Tyler Smith. After school ended, Smith has been going to D1 Huntsville to train, and improve his stock for draft day. Smith talks about how going to D1 is just a part of his daily routine now. Click here to check out the full article.
Spencer Zettler, a speed skater on the Canadian Junior World Team, has recently started training and rehabilitating a back injury at D1 Greenville. Zettler is originally from Calgary, but he recently moved to Greenville. Steve Marsh, a trainer at D1 Greenville, is working with Zettler not only to help him recover from his back injury, but also to prepare him for the upcoming Olympic trials this December. They are working on building his strength and explosive power to make him faster in his races. Click here to learn more about Spencer.
Show Us What You’ve Got at Testing Night D1 Sports Training will be hosting a start of the summer testing night. The event allows our athletes the opportunity to simulate game conditions & performing in the clutch. All participating D1 athletes are encouraged to invite family, friends & teammates. There will be give-aways during the event. Check the list of dates and times to find out when the D1 facility in your area will be hosting a testing night. Nashville: May 29th 6:30-7:30 p.m Huntsville: May 28th 6:30-7:30 p.m Knoxville: May 28th 6:30-7:30 p.m Little Rock: May 28th 6:30-7:30 p.m
D1 is now going on the road, with the D1 Destroyers, who is the newest lacrosse team out. The athletes train at D1 Nashville and are ready to show what D1 training is all about. Their training focuses on speed, agility and endurance until the last whistle blows which is what you’d expect with D1 in the name. Click here to learn more about the D1 Destroyers.
This weekend (May 16th-17th) the D1 training staff will be heading to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana to help with the Reggie Bush Camp. There the staff will be directing the strength and speed skills portion of the camp. This is the first year that D1 has been able to help out with the camp. Good luck to the staff this weekend.
Alex Bulgarino is D1 Nashville’s April Character Athlete of the Month. Alex is 9 years old, plays soccer with the Brentwood Soccer Club and trains in D1's Rookie Group. D1's April Word of the Month was HONOR. Alex is a "beast" for consistenly training 4-5 times per week at D1. "Alex is the kind of kid that is working hard whether I'm watching him or not. His actions are a tribute to who he is as a person. Alex claims it's an HONOR to train here, but D1 is just as HONORED to have Alex as an athlete." states his D1 coach Brandon Goebbert. Congratulations Alex and keep up the hard work!
Kentrell Williams is D1 Little Rock’s April Character Athlete of the Month. He's 17 years old and a student athlete at Hall High School, where he plays linebacker. Kentrell trains in D1's Domination Program (15-18 year olds), preparing to continue his football career at Grambling State University in Louisiana. D1's April Word of the Month was ATTITUDE. "Kentrell's character is one of integrity and he exemplifies leadership for other D1 athletes, always smiling and having a positive attitude. He works very hard," states his D1 coach, John Williams. "What's also special about Kentrell is that he works at Kroger to pay his fee to train at D1. He's a 'Yes Sir, No Sir, Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am' kind of guy. Everyone loves him here and he's an awesome young man." Congratulations Kentrell and keep up the hard work!
Alex Tindal is D1 Knoxville’s April Character Athlete of the Month. He's an 11 years old shortstop at Farragut Intermediate School. Alex trains in D1's Rookie Group (7-11 year olds). D1’s April Word of the Month was FEARLESS. "There are many character traits that stick out when thinking of Alex, but none more than fearlessness." states his D1 Coach, Jai Robinson. "Whether it's diving to cross the finish line, or stretching out to make an unbelievable catch, Alex has shown himself to be a FEARLESS competitor both on and off the field. Alex Tindal is a FEARLESS competitor, leader and athlete who all of our coaches enjoy being around." Alex, keep up the hard work and stay FEARLESS!
Derek Marion is D1 Huntsville’s April Character Athlete of the Month. Derek attends Horizon Elementary, plays football and soccer and trains in D1's Rookie Program. He's an "A" student and recipient of the President's Physical Fitness Award at his school. D1’s April Word of the Month was FEARLESS. According to his D1 coaches, Derek consistently displays his FEARLESSNESS. For instance, there's never a drill or exercise Derek doesn't want to do. The tougher the drill, the more Derek wants to do it, all the while at full speed. He has consistently shown an eagerness to learn new drills and never back down. Congratulations Derek!
Harrison Hulse is D1 Greenville's April Character Athlete of the Month. He's 13 years old and trains in D1's Developmental Group. D1's April word of the month was FEARLESS. "Harrison is a FEARLESS athlete. Anytime it is time to step it up to another level he rises to the challenge and gives motivation to the rest of the group. Harrison Hulse is a FEARLESS competitor, leader and athlete who all of our coaches enjoy being around." states his D1 coach, Chris Lewers. Harrison keep up the good work and stay FEARLESS!
J.J. Masley is D1 Chattanooga’s April Character Athlete of the Month. He's 17 years-old and plays linebacker for Ridgeland High School. J.J. trains in D1's Domination Program. D1's April Word of the Month was FEARLESS. "JJ comes to class everyday ready to take it to the next level," states his D1 coach, Chris Johnson. "No matter what we’re taking on that day, whether it be pushing the four wheeler or flipping big truck tires, J.J. is a fearless athlete who I enjoy coaching everyday." Congratulations J.J. and keep up the hard work!
Mansfield was doing offseason training at D1 Sports with the D1 Combine athletes. Mansfield started four games last season for the Seattle Seahawks and will be entering his third season. "My favorite NFL team growing up was the Indianapolis Colts. I’ve always been fascinated by the O-line and the Colts O-line pass protected and blocked really well. My least favorite college football team has to be Georgia. They were our (Georgia Tech) rivals. A player that I least like to go against in the NFL has to be Tommy Harris; the defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. He’s really quick with a lot of strength and overall speed. I feel I bring leadership and intensity on the line and also hard work to a team."
Calvin is doing offseason training at D1 Sports. Calvin has played with the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. "My favorite NFL teams growing up was the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Carolina Panthers. My father liked the Steelers so I became a fan. Then once the Panthers joined the League I started to root for the home team. My least favorite college football team has to be Michigan, I can’t stand them. I played at Penn State and they were rivals and a part of the Big 10 conference. A player that I least like to go against in the NFL has to be Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. If you make the smallest mistake guys like them will pick you apart. I feel I bring consistency, leadership, and work ethic leadership, intensity to a team."
The D1 Foundation will be holding its First Annual D1 Father’s Day Dinner featuring Dallas Cowboys all-pro and former University of Tennessee star Jason Witten on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the D1 Facility in Cool Springs. The D1 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering the very best athletic training and equipment to financially-challenged student-athletes and schools. The foundation offers unique training experiences and clinics to deserving student-athletes, and provides new weights and training equipment for schools in need. For complete details, visit D1SportsTraining.com/Events or call 615.535.3140.
Jeff Brown is a seasoned veteran of the Pentathlon, and a regular at D1. He recently posted a great finish at the Carolina Masters Invitational meet at UNC-Charlotte. He had 4 first place finishes in the shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin(personal best in shot put and hammer). This Friday and Saturday he will be competing at the 2009 USA Masters Southeast Regional Track and Field Championships in Raleigh, NC.
Jeff suffered an injury during training, but he was able to recover and compete. "I am confident that my ability to recover in enough time to compete is due to my training at D1. They have a great group of trainers, and D1 is definitely making a big difference!"