Meet the Staff – Performance

Meet the Staff – Performance


Crickett (Corey) Bankston

Director – HQPerformance Training

Crickett, a graduate of Greensboro College, was a two-sport athlete, playing football for four seasons and finished his last season of eligibility playing lacrosse. He graduated with a BS in Exercise Science dual concentrations in Exercise Studies and Sport Behavior as well as a BS in Psychology.  While in school he worked at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic in Orlando Florida and completed internships with the Greensboro College football team and at Proehlific Sports Performance (PSP). Upon completing his internship at Proehlific Sports Performance, he began working there as a sports performance coach, where he worked with several championship athletes and teams. After graduating, to earn more experience; he was given the opportunity to work as the volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Greensboro College Men’s Lacrosse Team for a year, where he and another volunteer coach designed and led training sessions. Crickett moved to Raleigh soon after that, and is excited to return to training and developing athletes, not only physically but mentally as well. You can contact Crickett at crickett@sporthq.org.


Aaron Wagner

HQPerformance Specialist

Aaron Wagner grew up in north Texas where he played high school football. He moved to North Carolina after graduating high school and attended East Carolina University and graduated with a BS degree as a Health Fitness Specialist. During college Aaron completed an internship at Athletic Lab in Cary, NC where he helped lead middle school and high school aged athletes through various strength and conditioning exercises. Aaron is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has received a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification.  You can contact Aaron at aaron@sporthq.org.

 


Austin Burke

HQPerformance Specialist

It was a warm sunny day in Charlotte, North Carolina. The birds chirped sweet songs as the paperboy was out pridefully delivering the newspaper. As the newspaper left the muscly paperboy’s arm and fell to the ground, a date could be read. It was April 2, 1996. It was on this day that a legend was born. They named him Austin Burke and as he deadlifted the doctor immediately upon being conceived, it was evident this wasn’t your average baby. Flash forward 21 years to a local gym called Sport HQ and this man can be found. Austin has competed in college football, drug-free bodybuilding, and powerlifting and has over 10 years of training experience. He currently holds two North Carolina records for deadlifting in the United States Powerlifting Association and is looking to break more in the upcoming future. He currently is in his last year of a Bachelors program at North Carolina State University and is a Certified Personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He specializes in strength, power, and mobility. Austin’s favorite quote is to, “Embrace the suck.” He emphasizes committing yourself to a goal and taking things one rep, set, or workout at a time are crucial to your success and that you have to enjoy the process and “fall in love with the grind.” He continues to train for powerlifting and hopes to provide the strength and performance guidance to young athletes that he needed when he was younger.

You can contact Austin at: austin@sporthq.org.

 


Sarah Arbes

HQPerformance Specialist

You can contact Austin at: sarah@sporthq.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mike Bagnasco

HQPerformance Specialist

You can contact Mike at: bags@sporthq.org.

 

 

 

 

 


Alexi Parpan

HQPerformance Adult Fitness Coordinator

You can contact Alexi at: alexie@sporthq.org.

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