Strength Staff Directory

Buck Blackwood, Strength and Conditioning Director

Coach Blackwood began his coaching career at the Air Force Academy in 2003. Prior to being hired full-time Buck was a volunteer coach for two years at USAFA, and spent three years as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Montana State University. Buck received his B.A. degree from Willamette University in 1997 and his M.S. degree in exercise science from Montana State University in 1999. Active in national organizations surrounding his profession, he is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United States Weightlifting Federation. Buck has been published in numerous professional journals and he also has presented to national and international coaches on the area of performance training. Originally from Bozeman, MT., Buck and his wife, Lyndsay, have one son and daughter, Ridge and Reese. .

Drew Bodette, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Drew began his career with the Air Force in the fall of 2007. Prior to his position here, Drew was the Director of Strength and conditioning at his alma mater, The University of Northern Colorado, where he received his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and his Masters degree in Exercise physiology. Drew also spent five years at the University of Denver as an assistant strength coach for the National Championship Hockey teams. Before his position at Denver he served as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania for the 2000-01 season.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also senior level club coach through the United States Weightlifting Federation.

Drew, originally from South Glens Falls, New York, and his wife Amy reside in Colorado Springs.

Mike McFadden, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mike McFadden started as a volunteer strength coach at USAFA in April of 2015 and became a full-time member of the strength and conditioning staff in January, 2016. He is currently the strength coach for water polo, men's swimming, baseball and lacrosse and oversees training for men's soccer and assists with track and field. He is a combat veteran, having served a total of 15 years between the Army and National Guard, as well as, serving as a law enforcement officer and instructor in active shooter response tactics. McFadden has been a frequent presenter at conferences for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, various athletic trainer's state and regional conferences, Elite Sports University and Glazier Clinics on the topics of using kettebells for sports-specific needs and injury prevention. He obtained a Master's of Science in exercise science from Texas State University and holds the CSCS, ACSM-HFS, and TSAC-F certifications.

Kim Pinske, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kim began coaching at the Air Force Academy in August of 2007. Kim received her B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management in 2003 from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science in 2007 from North Dakota State University. While at Minnesota (Crookston) she was a defensive specialist/libero for the volleyball team where she served as a two-time captain, four time academic all-NSIC selection, and holds records for sets played, digs in set/career, and aces in a set/season. She was also named an NSCA All-American in 2003, and nominated for female athlete of the year.

While at NDSU, she spent two years as a graduate assistant under Jim Kramer for the Strength and Conditioning Department, and her final semester moved into the role as the Interim Associate Director for Athletic Performance. Kim is CSCS certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association), is a Level One Club coach certified by USA Weightlifting, and is secretary of the CO-LWC.

Originally from Gary, MN, Kim resides in Colorado Springs.

Maj.. Dana Lyon, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Maj Dana Lyon graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2006, and returned to her alma mater in 2014 as an instructor in the PE Department, where she also began her strength and conditioning coaching career. She received her bachelor's of science in systems engineering management at the Academy and earned her master's in sports management administration from Liberty University. Lyon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. While an athlete at the Academy, Lyon was a two-time NCAA Div-I National Champion. After graduation she was a member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program where she was the 2007 USA Track and Field National Champion, and 2008 Olympic Trials Runner-up in the javelin throw. Lyon focuses her athletes' training programs on injury prevention, skill acquisition, and building the total athlete.


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