Sports Performance Camp Staff

Mark Lepkowski

Mark Lepkowski

Title: Director of Sports Performance

Phone: (704) 688-2807

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Lepkowski comes to Queens after most recently spending time at the University of Minnesota.
 
"It's always exciting when you get the opportunity to welcome an alum back as a staff member to help with the continued growth of our department," said Jeannie King, director of athletics. "We are very eager to see the levels of performance that our student-athletes reach under the leadership of Mark this upcoming season."
 
Lepkowski spent the spring semester at Minnesota participating in the hands on implementation of triphasic training for the men's and women's ice hockey, baseball, men's swim and women's soccer teams. He also had a hand in implementing linear periodization for the wrestling and track and field teams, as well as the implementation of tier system training for the volleyball, softball, and women's swim teams. Lepkowski did a lot of the same things with the athletic teams at Belmont University and Vanderbilt University as well during the fall season.

During the 2014 spring season Lepkowski served as an intern at Queens working with the Royals and SwimMac Carolina's Team Elite.
 
"I'm very excited and grateful to be back at Queens," said Lepkowski. "I would like to thank Coach King for giving me the opportunity to work with the coaches and athletes and build upon the foundation Darin Tyson has already established for the strength & conditioning program."

Lepkowski attended the University of Akron from 2007-2009 before transferring to Queens to compete on the men's lacrosse team from 2009-2011 and earning a degree in biology. Additionally, Lepkowski is the President of Hoover High School Lacrosse Alumni Association, and a member of CSCCA and the NSCA.

Chris Powell

Chris Powell

Title: Assistant Track and Field Coach/Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2817

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Chris Powell joins the Royals after most recently finishing a graduate assistant position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While at SIUE Powell was a strength and conditioning coach for all of the NCAA Division I athletic teams, primarily working with the track and field team. Powell graduated from the SIUE graduate program in the Spring of 2016 with a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology.

Prior to SIUE, Powell was member of Ashland University’s track and field team in Ashland, Ohio. During his time he worked very closely with his mentor and head coach, Jud Logan, who was a four-time USA Olympian. Powell worked as an intern for Logan assisting in coaching redshirt athletes and coaching groups of high school athletes at multiple throws camps.

As an athlete, Powell was team captain, a four-time GLIAC All-Conference team member, and a four-time Division II national qualifier. He was also a 2014 GLIAC Conference Champion and all-American in the discus throw. Powell graduated from Ashland University in the Spring of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in exercise science.

Powell is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA and a certified sport performance coach with U.S.A. weightlifting.

Ben LaChance

Title: Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2807

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Ben LaChance was named assistant sports performance coach for Queens University in September 2017. His Primary training duties are with baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer.

Prior to Queens, LaChance was a strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Organization for the 2017 season. Coaching in the Twins Minor League organization, he was in charge of implementing all facets of strength and conditioning as well as pre and post-game nutrition for the Appalachian League Champions, Elizabethton Twins.

Before joining the Twins, LaChance was a strength and conditioning assistant at North Carolina State University from August 2015 to February 2017. While there he worked primarily with baseball, wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming, and tennis. He also assisted with men’s basketball, track and field, and gymnastics.

LaChance earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he served as a student assistant coach to the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team and was an intern to the strength and conditioning staff.

He is certified (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified level 1.

DJ Haas

DJ Haas

Title: Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2807

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D.J. joins the Queens staff after most recently working as the strength and conditioning coordinator for football at Hanover College. Haas was solely responsible for the strength and conditioning of the Panthers football team and was the first strength and conditioning coach in Hanover history.

Before Hanover, Haas interned at Marshall University. He assisted with the implementation of workouts for 12 Olympic sports teams primarily men's cheer, men's and women's soccer, women's golf, volleyball, swimming and diving and rehab for injured athletes. While interning at Marshall, he also worked as a sports performance coach for youth and high school athletes.

Haas received his B.S. in kinesiology from IUPUI where his focus was pre-physical therapy. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career in strength and conditioning and spent two years working as a personal trainer after graduating. Haas has competed at the national level in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling as well as powerlifting and strongman competitions.

Dylan Caspar

Dylan Caspar

Title: Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2807

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A recent graduate of Queens, Caspar completed his degree in sports and exercise science while also spending four years serving the men's lacrosse team. He competed two years as a player before being medically disqualified and transitioning to a student assistant for his junior and senior seasons.

Most recently Caspar completed an internship at Charlotte Country Day School working under Darnell Clark, who also serves as the Southeast Director of the NSCA. During his time at CCDS, Caspar worked with all fall sports teams which included football, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and cross country.

Prior to working at CCDS, Caspar was an intern with the Queens Sports Performance department for the 2016-2017 school year gaining experience working with men’s lacrosse, softball, tennis, golf, basketball, and soccer.

During the summer of 2016, Caspar interned with the Clemson University Strength and Conditioning department for Olympic Sports where he was able to gain experience working with the baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, track and field, and volleyball programs.

Caspar is CSCS certified through the NSCA and CPR/First aid certified through the Red Cross.

 
 
 
 
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