Buck Blackwood, Strength and Conditioning Directorh
Buck Blackwood began his coaching career at the Air Force Academy in 2003. Prior to being hired full-time, Blackwood 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. Blackwood 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. Blackwood 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., Blackwood and his wife, Lyndsay, have one son and daughter, Ridge and Reese. .
Drew Bodette began his career with the Air Force in the fall of 2007. Prior to his position here, Bodette was the Director of Strength and conditioning at his alma mater, The University of Northern Colorado, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and his Masters degree in Exercise physiology. Bodette 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.
Bodette, originally from South Glens Falls, New York, and his wife Amy reside in Colorado Springs.
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 began coaching at the Air Force Academy in August of 2007. Pinske 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. Pinske 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, Pinske resides in Colorado Springs.
Maj. Becky Buchar, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Maj Becky Bucher began coaching at the Air Force Academy in 2016. She received her Bachelor's in Civil Engineering in 2006 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2014, she earned her Master's degree in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University.
While at Cal Poly, Bucher taught several courses as a Graduate Teaching Associate to include Exercise Physiology and Motor Learning and Control. Bucher is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified Sport Performance Coach through United States Weightlifting Federation. She's passionate about working with athletes to help them realize their potential not only at the Academy, but also as Officers in the Air Force.
Bucher, originally from O'Fallon, IL ,resides in Monument with her husband Dean, and their three children, Declan, Josie and Noelle.
Tim Gabriel, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Tim Gabriel began his career at the Air Force Academy in January, 2018. Prior to being at the Academy, he was the Fitness Center Director/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO for a year, and an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo for two and a half years before that. Tim received his B.S. degree in Health Science from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2010 and his M.S. degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2014. Gabriel is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Weightlifting.
Additionally, Gabriel served in the US Army Reserves for 12 years, deploying 3 times to Kuwait and Iraq.
Taylor Lorbiecki, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Taylor Lorbiecki joined the Air Force Academy in January of 2018 and currently works with the volleyball and rifle teams. Prior to coming to the Academy, Lorbiecki was the director of sports performance at Edge Fitness & Sports Performance in Windsor, Wisconsin. Before that, she was the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville women's basketball team for two seasons. Lorbiecki also completed performance internships with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City, Utah, in addition to spending a summer with EXOS at their North Carolina facility.
Originally from Verona, Wisconsin, Lorbiecki resides in Colorado Springs.
Bryce Taylor, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Bryce Taylor began coaching with the Air Force Academy in January of 2018. Prior to the Air Force Academy he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Alabama State University. There he spent two years working with the men's basketball, softball and bowling teams. Before his position at Alabama State University he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a B.S. degree in exercise science. Prior to graduating from the university, Taylor interned as a strength and conditioning coach for two years and also played cornerback for the Loper football team helping them win two conference championship.
Taylor is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.