MICHAEL J. SETTLE
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, USAW, FST
Raised in Lombard, IL, Mike loved sports as both sides of his family were heavily involved in football, basketball, baseball, and swimming. At four years old, he began playing basketball and soon added baseball to his repertoire. In high school, he played football, wrestled and threw shot put and discus for the track team. Mike was a 2-year starter on the varsity football team and played in college as well. With multiple injuries including low back and hip problems mixed with season ending shoulder injuries his interest in sports medicine and athletic performance was peaked.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Northern Illinois University. During his time at NIU he interned with Coastal Carolina University’s speed, strength and conditioning department under the direction of Antwan Floyd. He then interned at Northwestern University working with the football sports performance staff as well as the University of South Carolina’s strength and conditioning departments with a focus on football and track athletes. Ultimately Mike landed at Kent State University as the Assistant Strength Coach. While spending time at the collegiate level was rewarding Mike left for the private sector and spent time at both sports performance facilities as well physical therapy clinics focusing on developing strength and conditioning programs for athletes at various levels across multiple sports.
Mike’s interest in the recovery side of sports performance led him to seek a certification as a Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST). It was the combination of FST and Strength and Conditioning Certifications that led him to determine his NFL and MLB players were missing key recovery modalities. Mike uses FST on his high school, college and professional level athletes as he works with them on their strength and conditioning programs in order to increase their strength and range of motion while decreasing muscle soreness and the chance for injuries.
Mike continues to coach high school football and is always looking at new and improved ways to help speed up the recovery process. He looks to make his athletes the best they can become in turn advancing their athletic careers. Mike’s goal is to create athletes which have strong, fast, fluid movements while concentrating on the overall health of the athlete.
USAW, FST Level 1, FIRST AID/CPR/AED. Captain for College of Dupage Football, Captain for Carthage College Football, 2 Year Captain for Glenbard East Football, 2 Year Captain for Glenbard East Wrestling.
Strength and Conditioning Experience
Pinnacle Sports Training, Director of Training, Naperville, IL April 2019 – Present
Work with individual athletes to help prepare them for their upcoming sports season.
Design programs for athletic teams and individuals to get them bigger, faster and stronger.
Work with doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors on the prehab and rehab of athletes.
Teach proper technique and biomechanics with running, jumping and landing.
Help athletes with recovery work and nutritional plans when they’re not in the gym.
Glenbard East High School, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Lombard, IL February 2015 – Present
Design and run the offseason strength and conditioning program.
Assist in play design and play calling.
Breakdown and review the game film before and after the game.
Work with defense and special teams.
Michael Johnson Performance, Performance Specialist, McKinney, TX August 2017 – November 2017
Assist in running the youth programs for the travel and club soccer teams.
Teach proper technique and form with running, lifting and plyometrics.
Assist in assessing each athlete’s speed, power and endurance output.
Analyzing data and measurements before and after each athlete’s session.
Talk with athletes and parents about proper nutrition and recovery techniques.
Set up and run recovery techniques and stations for athletes before and after tournaments and games.
Kent State University, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kent, OH August 2016 – August 2016
Assist in coaching the proper lifting technique to the athletes in weight room.
Assist the head of football operations in daily tasks to help the football program.
Create and prepare snacks, cherry juice and Gatorade for players during and after practice.
Roll out and stretch players before and after lifts and practice.
Create a recovery circuit for the team and walk them through each step.
University of South Carolina, Strength and Conditioning Intern, Columbia, SC May 2016 – July 2016
Assist with spotting and changing the weights during the lift.
Assist nutrition with the supplementation of all athletes.
Assist in design of workouts for injured athletes of athletes coming off injury.
Assist in running high school and kids football camps.
Record and update numbers, mark system and weights of players.
Keep up with maintenance of the weight room keeping it clean and organized.
Northwestern Football, Sports Performance Intern, Evanston, IL June 2015 – July 2015
Record and analyze lift and run numbers to prepare for the next lift.
Assist with technique and form during lifts to prevent injury.
Set up and break down before and after lifts.
Coastal Carolina University, Strength & Conditioning Intern, Conway, SC August 2014 – December 2014
Worked with a diversity of different athletes in a variety of sports teams including Football and Baseball.
Utilized knowledge to stretch, hydrate, and help hit target weight for athletes.
Organized performance and fitness testing; Recorded performance data.
Informed the student athletes how to properly maintain nutrition and health.
Bo Jackson’s Elite, Sports Performance Coach, Lockport, IL December 2014 – March 2017
Created workout routines for children, ages 6-18 years old.
Help design and run football and baseball camps for kids 6-18 years old.
Help run combines set-up for college scouts.
Informed and explained how to perform each lift or plyometric exercise to every trainee.
Taught nutrition and the importance of rest and recovery to the trainees.
Fit Speed Sports Performance Coach, Aurora, Illinois October 2016 – August 2017
Assist in program design for youth level to professional level athletes.
Run recovery stations for the athletes before or after workouts.
Take athletes through workouts and instruct on proper technique.
Communicate with physical therapists on how the athletes in rehab are doing.
Lifetime Fitness Personal Trainer, Vernon Hills, Illinois October 2016 – March 2017
Program design specifically for my client’s needs and necessities.
Advise my clients or members of Lifetime on nutritional supplements or products.
Run group fitness classes tailored to weight loss and advance weight lifters.
Maintain machines and treadmills.
Teach classes for members during our weight loss challenges.
Education: Master of Science in Human Performance and Nutrition, August 2019 Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, August 2016
Northern Illinois University
Associate in Arts, August 2014 College of Dupage.