It’s been said, “Champions are made in the offseason.” Madeira High School is counting on their offseason efforts under new strength coach, Jensen Brent, to help them be stronger and better conditioned for this coming 2017-18 school year. Coach Brent has more than 14 years of experience in athletic development and fitness programs specializing in injury prevention training for young athletes.
“I’m really honored to be joining Madeira Athletics,” said Brent, who began his duties in early June. “I’m excited to be working with student athletes in the new athletic center and helping them to be the best they can be – both physically and mentally.”
A graduate of Miami University, Jensen worked for 8+ years as a Sports Biomechanist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center primarily specializing in research and the physical training of youth and optimizing performance of athletes. He’s spoken across the country and oversees on the topic of ACL injury prevention and has had hands-on experience in designing training programs for young athletes. Coach Brent is no stranger to Madeira in that he has independently been working with the Amazon’s soccer team for the past ten years.
But the story gets better. The MHS Strength & Conditioning Coach position has been made possible through the generous endowment of Larry Sheakley, MHS Class of 1968. With the opening of the new athletic center just six months ago, lead donor of that project Larry Sheakley wanted to do more. “The project turned out to be so special, I simply asked what else it might need. I grew up in Madeira and it was a special place to me and this is my way of giving back.”
Sheakley has entered into an agreement with the school district that directs his donation to the sole purpose of funding the part-time strength coach position for years to come. “We’re beyond thrilled,” said Joe Kimling, Athletic Director. “A person dedicated to working with our head coaches and student athletes to make them stronger, faster, and better conditioned to prevent injuries is a dream come true.”
Coach Brent has been contracted to hold regular workouts and training sessions with student athletes during the summer time and after school hours with coaches and players during the school year. Jensen is married to his wife Colleen, and is the father of two daughters Maggie & Lucy.