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Jason Dierking and Teena Murray

Jason Dierking (MS, SCCC, CSCS, USAW) currently serves as the Assistant Director of Sports Performance at the University of Louisville. In this role he works directly with men's and women's swimming & diving, men's soccer and cross country.

As the energy systems specialist on the Sports Performance staff, Dierking has played a key role in implementing the Polar Team2 heart rate system now employed by 11 of the Louisville athletic teams. He has advanced the use of innovative testing and tracking procedures for metabolic fitness, including VO2max and blood lactate analysis. He has become an industry leader in the area of heart rate training and conditioning, and has spoken at several regional and national clinics and conferences on the topic.

Jason is a competitive runner and triathlete, completing races such as the Chicago Marathon and Ironman Louisville.

Director of Sports Performance at the University of Louisville since 2004, Teena Murray oversees athlete development and performance for the Cardinals' 21 Olympic sports. She is also the lead performance specialist for the Cardinal women's basketball and softball teams, and an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program in Exercise Science at U of L. Outside the collegiate realm, Teena is the owner of Athlete Construction (LLC). From 2006-2010, Teena was the strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Women's National and Olympic ice hockey teams, winning 2 World Championships and a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010.

In 19 years in the sports performance industry, Teena has worked collegiately at Cornell, UCONN and Louisville. She has also worked as a consultant with USA Hockey, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the NHL's Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks, and the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack.

Teena's research interests center around the performance profiling of elite athletes. She has published numerous research and practical training articles in this area, and is also a regular speaker at conferences and clinics nationwide.

A native of Canada, Teena holds a Master's degree is Exercise Physiology from UNC-Greensboro, and undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Education (Queen's University). She is a Master Coach with the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches' Association and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting, Functional Movement Systems and Precision Nutrition. In 2012, Teena was awarded the Guiding Woman in Sport Award by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

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