'Doug is an enthusiastic and dedicated individual. He began getting involved in sport at the age of 4 and tried multiple sports before getting into high school. After graduating Lewisburg HS in 2006, Doug pursued his Bachelor's degree and while in college he earned his first coaching role during his senior year. Now, having over a decade of coaching experience, and having spent time at the middle and high school and collegiate age groups, Doug has turned his focus to elite level coaching working with athletes ages 4 and up. In addition, Doug's name has begun to go around the Greater Pittsburgh Area as a new and respected Strength and Conditioning Coach. Having earned his credentials in 2019, from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and already having respect from hundreds of folks in the area, Doug has added quite some depth to his capabilities and capacities in what he can offer with his training systems AND more importantly, continues to expand his own network in western PA. It won't be long before Doug is the go to for all things strength & conditioning in this area.'
It's about time we rise to our occasion.
I grew up in a small town called Lewisburg PA. Not much happened there and not much is there. If you know of Bucknell University, that's about all it really has going for it... unless you're spending time at the penitentiary.
Anyways, my upbringing wasn't special. My dad worked all the time, my mom bought me all the "stuff" and I, in many ways, was an only child. I had half siblings but the closest to me in age was 7.5 years older.
My dad participated in the Ironman races nearly every October from the time I was born until I was in middle school. Sadly, my parents divorced the summer of 2000 - right before I went into 7th grade. And I spent many days alone in my room wasting away playing video games. Don't get me wrong, FIFA and MADDEN were great babysitters... but it wasn't until high school that I got motivated.
I am blessed to say also that when I was 15, a very pivotal time in my life, I had many friends pray over my life and at 16 committed my life to Jesus and claimed him as my Lord and Savior over my life.
I went on and graduated high school and went on to Geneva College; where I would learn what I didn't want to do, meet my future bride, make mistakes and grow in my faith.
Post college, a lot changed. And, I mean, A LOT.
Early on in my professional career, I worked as a Director for Youth Ministries. I also coached high school soccer. No matter what I did, uncertainty and adversity had shown themselves. Before I became a strength coach, I struggled to find a foothold in what I felt called to do and who to be. For some time after youth ministry, I served as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor and after a few positions and 4 years, I left that world for good.
I felt a strong push to serve. And in athletics. In 2017, especially with my almost decade of soccer coaching at the time, I had the push to take the risk and spend the time chasing what it was I finally felt called to. Strength and Conditioning was unique and unfamiliar - My weight training in high school was minimal; in college, much more but still no where near it should've been as a collegiate athlete... but I didn't have a coach who mandated it and I didn't have extreme experience with Olympic lifts. So, to pursue the path of a strength coach was a bit foreign.
Not knowing much about the profession, and after several failed attempts to find a career, I landed on strength and conditioning in 2018 and began learning more about what it takes to become certified. Eventually, after months of studying, I failed the certification exam Fall 2018 and the feeling surfaced... 'you're not good enough and you won't make it'. Despite these struggles, I pressed forward and eventually just over a year after beginning the process, I passed the exam and am now a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
With the years that have passed, looking back I have served as a middle school and high school soccer coach. I have coached multiple club teams at multiple different levels. I coached collegiate soccer for two years and for one of those years was the interim head coach and ran strength and conditioning for the team I was coaching. Now, it's 2022, I know and have networked with a lot of coaches around Beaver County and the Greater Pittsburgh area. I have developed my own unique training philosophy, annual programming and training methods, all aimed at syncing the body, mind and soul in preparation for competing against the best athletes in the region and state.
I believe that a rigorous training system not only develops physical strength, but also the mental stamina required to compete at the highest levels of your game or sport. In addition, being right minded for sport aids all psychological aspects of life to push through those moments of doubt, fear, uncertainty... With Miller Training Systems, I keep up with the latest training techniques and methodologies, and consistently push my athletes to their breaking point all while remembering and utilizing those things that, well, work.
Too often I hear "You need to do this" and "You'll be stronger and pain free if you do that". Our world is saturated with gimmicks and frauds. I wasn't necessarily given a "bad hand" but from the start I had to figure things out for myself; I found my way to where I am now.
Miller Training Systems is not a fad; it's not a clique and it's certainly not a brand. Nor is it the hottest thing to hit the shelves. It's about getting you to peak performance; an attitude and a behavior that requires dedication, discipline, faith, consistency and character.
Thanks for reading.
Once you're ready to scratch and claw your way through the mess, hit me up and we will rise together.
D | M