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WOODSTOCK, Ga. – May 2, 2018 – As demand for PLAE products continues to grow throughout the U.S. and world, the company has hired veteran strength & conditioning coach Gary Schofield, Jr. as director of Southeast sales. Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, has been a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) for 23 years, and is a longtime certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction via the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
“We are thrilled to have Gary join the PLAE team, and are confident that his extensive industry experience and relationships will help us best meet the needs and maximize the performance of athletes and coaches of all levels across numerous markets,” said Rich Gray, vice president of sales at PLAE.
Previously, Schofield was the head S&C coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga., where his program earned the Strength of America Award for six consecutive years for the highest standards of safety and success for young athletes.
In 2016, Schofield and coaches Kevin Vanderbush and Fred Eaves founded the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) to educate, equip and empower high school coaches to make a positive impact in the lives of students. Schofield is currently a board member of NHSSCA.
With a background in athletic training and strength & conditioning, Schofield has experience working with professional and amateur athletes in numerous organizations, including the National Basketball Association, Arena Football League, East Coast Hockey League, World Championship Wrestling, North American Soccer League, USA Track & Field Indoor Championships and the Georgia State Olympic Development Program.
A popular speaker, Schofield has presented multiple times at several state, regional, national and international clinics and conferences. He served as the Georgia State Director and the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the NSCA, and was named by that organization as the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2012.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine, with an emphasis on athletic training, from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, Schofield completed work in the graduate program in athletic training at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He currently is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in teaching and physical education through the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
PLAE is redefining athletic flooring as a foundational component of every training space, creating active solutions that equip people to achieve their best selves. Pushing boundaries, pursuing innovation and harnessing technology and design are daily passions at PLAE. Boldly committed to raising the bar, PLAE drives powerful performance.