Coaching Development Program

Do you want to be a coach one day? Our Coach Development program is an opportunity to learn the Ins and Outs of the profession. This allows you to work alongside a qualified coach in the field by attending multiple practices, personal and team training sessions, and one-on-one instructions. It's a great way to gain experience and even become certified.  

Below are some current coaches in the Development Program...

Tatum Fredeen

PBA Intern
Home Town: Arkansas
Oral Roberts University
Major: Health and Exercise Science

"This is my senior year at Oral Roberts University, and I just finished my 18-year volleyball career with four years of competing NCAA D1.  I have been around sports since I was two years old, and believe that is what made me want to seek a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  I have always loved working out and seeing a transformation through the athletic process.  I'm excited to pursue this career and guide good athletes to become great!" 

Emily Mercer

PBA Intern
Home Town: Missouri


"Throughout my 7 year Track and Field career, I've always been very passionate about the sport. I'm thrilled to be a part of Track and Field again and I hope to grow into a competent, compassionate, and motivational coach. Hurdles has been my main focus, but as I competed in heptathlon on a club team, and competed in Cross Country in high school as well, I have a basic knowledge of most events. I'm excited to keep growing in my experiences and sharing them with athletes through Personal Best Athletics."

Roxy Eddington

PBA Student Assistant
Home Town: Tulsa, OK
Bishop Kelley High School 


"PBA...not only causes you to grow stronger physically but also to mature mentally, in that you learn the value of preparation and get to see yourself progress as an individual and also part of a team.  And I mean, come on...Run and Fun...they rhyme!" (our motto)

Shane Friend

PBA Intern
Home Town: Wyandotte, OK
Oral Roberts University
Major: Health and Exercise Science  
Concentration: Exercise Specialist

"I'm a Senior at Oral Roberts University, interning with Personal Best Athletics.  I have been very active in sports and exercise since I can remember.  I want to help others get better not only in track but in life.   My goal is to make sure every athlete I work with reaches their potential and has fun while doing it." 

Nick Russo

PBA Alumni and Intern
Home Town: Claremore, OK
Pittsburgh State University
Major: History and Kinesiology

"I have been with PBA for five years.  Throughout high school I competed in Pole Vault and won Oklahoma 5A State Championship my senior year.  I competed for Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, KS.  I'm excited to share the same great experiences I had in PBA to future student-athletes, as I develop my coaching experience in this program."


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