Virtual NWC Performance Clinic

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time
Virtual webinar | Join from anywhere!

Cost: $50 | $25 students      

The 4th annual Performance Clinic features sports performance experts sharing cutting-edge information for professionals in strength and conditioning, athletic training, physical therapy, coaching, physical education and other professionals who work with performance athletes and active populations. Take away relevant strategies to effectively motivate and enhance their performance.
This event is being offered as a virtual clinic this year!


  • Programming & workout organization for novice to advanced trainees
  • Linear speed development for team sports
  • Practical nutrition strategies & solutions for busy athletes
  • Power development with an emphasis on the use of medicine balls
  • Exercise selection based on movement inefficiencies

Continuing Education Credit 

NSCA approved event

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved 0.7 CEU(s) in category A for certified individuals attending this event. 


Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, May 1st. Please email with questions about registering


Schedule & Topics |  Download Schedule

Please note this webinar is in CENTRAL TIME ZONE

8:20 – 8:30 am

Webinar Opens

8:30 – 8:40 am


8:40 – 9:40 am

Inside Cressey Sports Performance: The client experience at CSP
John O'Neil

In this presentation, John will walk through the process that CSP coaches take with new athletes from Day 1. He will discuss how the assessment process, goal-setting, and identification of athlete needs all influence the organization and individualization of off-season programming. Take away important assessments for determining an athlete's training needs, how to set effective goals to motivate athletes and strategies for delivering individualized programs to groups of athletes.

9:50 – 10:50 am

Application to Practice: Fueling the Adolescent Athlete for Long-Term Success
Wendi Irlbeck

Wendi will provide a comprehensive, practical approach to the maintenance and enhancement of the health for adolescent athletes. In doing so, she will cover how to ensure optimal energy intake with particular attention paid to proper amounts and types of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Additionally, practical tools and strategies will be given on how to instruct athletes, coaches and parents about making smart food choices to promote development and performance beyond the field.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Unified Not Uniform: Program Design 101
Gary Schofield

This session will walk each coach through how Coach Schofield creates Training Blocks that center on student needs rather than technical exercise progression. Foundational Block 1 as well as Advanced Blocks (Size, Shape, Strength, and Speed) will be discussed with attention to exercise selection, volume, intensity, technology integration, scheduling modifications, and programming concepts. Learn how to recognize and place an athlete in the appropriate program, create training programs to develop the specific traits needed by the athlete and evaluate each student based on appropriate KPIs. 

12:00 – 12:50 pm

Lunch | On Own

12:50 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Welcome Back    

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Cressey Sports Performance Power Development Progressions
John O'Neil

This presentation will outline how CSP develops explosive athletes with alternatives to the Olympic lifts (clean, snatch, and jerk variations). It will cover starting points, progressions, regressions, and coaching strategies for medicine ball throws, jump training, and change of direction drills. Also, take away training strategies to safely and effectively develop athletes of all training ages.

2:10 – 3:10 pm

Speed Kills: Developing Game-Changing Speed
Gary Schofield

During this session, Coach Schofield will detail his four-phase speed development model through video demonstrations, templates and supportive lecture. Special attention will be given to Strength-Speed, Acceleration, Top Speed and the Overspeed phases including assessments, progressions, timing and application. Learn how to organize specific methods of training into scaffolded blocks of instruction.

3:20 – 4:30 pm

Rotating Round Table Q&A | John, Wendi and Gary
During this session, attendees will be evenly divided into 3 groups. Every 20 minutes John, Wendi, and Gary will rotate to field questions with each individual group. Attendees will have the opportunity to turn on their cameras and unmute themselves to talk with members of their group and the clinic speaker. There will be a 5-minute transition period between each session. 

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Round Table Discussion Q&A session 1

3:45 – 4:05 pm

Round Table Discussion Q&A session 2

3:10 – 4:30 pm

Round Table Discussion Q&A session 3

4:30 - 4:40 pm

Closing Remarks



Gary Schofield, NWC Performance Clinic speaker 

Gary Schofield, Jr. MAT, ATC, CSCS *D    
Global Director of Youth and High School Development for PLAE    

Gary is an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach currently serving as the Global Director of Youth and High School Development for PLAE. For the last 20+ years he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School. He is the Co-Founder of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) and serves as a Founding Board Member. Schofield is entering his 26th year as a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®). Schofield’s unique background of athletic training and strength and conditioning has allowed him to coach and assist in the development of a wide variety of athletes including youth, high school, collegiate, professional and Olympian. He has served as the Georgia State Director and Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was named as the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2012.

Wendi Irlbeck, NWC Performance Clinic speaker 

Wendi Irlbeck, MS, RDN 
Sports Dietitian, Nutrition with Wendi LLC  

Wendi is a registered dietitian nutritionist, health & fitness coach and the founder of her own nutrition consulting business, Nutrition With Wendi. Wendi utilizes evidence-based science to create nutrition programs so athletes can optimize performance, minimize health risks, and enhance recovery from training while focusing on injury prevention. She partners with parents, sports performance staffs, special needs and recreational athletes and organizations to eat and fuel for success. Wendi is currently an adjunct instructor in Kinesiology, Health and Wellness Division at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan and previously served as a sports dietitian for the Dairy Council of Michigan. She earned both her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has spent time learning from several professionals in the field along with an internship at the University of Florida.

John O'Neil, NWC Performance Clinic speaker 

John O'Neil      
Director of Performance at Cressey Sports Performance

John O'Neil has served as the Director of Performance at Cressey Sports Performance since 2017. In this role, John oversees the training floor at CSP's Massachusetts location and runs the intern education program. John previously worked in New York City, New Jersey, and completed internships with Ranfone Training Systems and the Baltimore Orioles. John graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics in 2014 and holds a number of certifications in the Strength & Conditioning field.


Clinic Partnership

The Performace Clinic is hosted by Northwestern College Strength & Conditioning in partnership with Sorinex Exercise Equipment, Orange City Area Health System, De Jong Chiropractic, PLAE and Optimum Nutrition Athletics. Thank you sponsors!

 Performance Clinic Sponsors 2020