Strength Staff Directory

Buck Blackwood, Strength and Conditioning Director

Buck began his coaching career at the Air Force Academy in 2003 when he was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Prior to being hired full-time Buck was a volunteer coach for two years at AFA, and spent two 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. Buck is NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certified, as a strength and conditioning specialist. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a level one club coach. Buck was a member of the 1999 Montana State team that won the National Collegiate weightlifting title. He also lifted a top-ten total at the 2002 Senior Nationals.

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.

Jeff Kipp, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jeff Kipp began his Air Force Academy coaching career in 2004 when he was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. His primary responsibility is the supervision of all aspects of the speed, strength and conditioning program for the Air Force hockey team.

His duties at the Academy have also included speed development for the Falcon football team, as well as serving as the primary strength and conditioning coach for the Falcons lacrosse program and components of the Falcon track and field team (pole vaulters, sprinters and jumpers).

Prior to joining the staff at the Air Force Academy, Kipp served as a performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Denver and Evergreen. Prior to his stint with Velocity, Kipp was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Denver.  Kipp began his collegiate strength and conditioning coaching career as the strength and conditioning coordinator at the Colorado School of Mines.

Kipp received his bachelor's of science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 1995 and his master's in exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Kipp also holds strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) credentials through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is certified through the National Association of Speed and Explosion where he serves as the state director for Colorado. Kipp is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, USA Weightlifting and USA Track and Field.

Kipp also serves as a speaker for the NSCA, speaking to groups of national and international coaches on the area of strength training, speed development and conditioning. He has also authored several text chapters and served on the review board for text chapters by other strength and conditioning authors.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Kipp now resides in Monument, Colo., with his wife, Vicki, and their three sons.

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.

Capt. Overton Spence, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Capt. Overton Spence assumed his duties as a strength and conditioning coach at the Academy in 2009.  Prior to his current assignment, he was a contracting officer from 2006 to 2009 at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.   Throughout his assignment at Ellsworth, he was responsible for the government purchase card program  and also served as the Deputy Flight Commander for the Construction Flight.  

In addition to his military duties, he stayed active in the fitness career field as an assistant football coach and the strength training coach for an area high school.

Overton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy in 2006 as a commissioned officer.   He is a four-year football letter winner and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference second team as a senior.   Prior to accepting the nomination to the Academy, he attended the Academy's prep school for one year where he was named football's Defensive Player of the Year.   

Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Overton now resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jack Braley, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jack graduated for the University of Nebraska in 1956 with a B.S. in Biological Science and Physical Education. He was an assistant football coach at NU from 1957 to1962. He moved to Scotts Bluff Jr. College as Head football coach from 1962 to 1964. In 1965 Jack joined the Air Force Academy football staff where he coached the defensive secondary and acted as the strength and conditioning coach. In 1978 he assumed the position of Physical Development Coordinator in the Physical Education Department. In 1980 Jack became the first full time Head strength coach for the Air Force Academy. He held this position until 1998 when he retired and assumed a part time job as assistant strength coach.


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