Dr. Anthony Smith is an Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. He is entering his seventh year in higher education after completing his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. His research interests include the development of expertise in athletics, specifically with female athletes. Dr. Smith has conducted several research projects detailing the progression of female athletes in basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer. He is a member of the National Strength Coaches Association and carries the CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) and CPT (certified personal trainer).
Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Smith worked as a high school teacher and coach, coaching girls’ basketball, softball, and served as an assistant athletic director in several athletic programs. Aside from teach coaching, Dr. Smith has trained young athletes with sport-specific skill development and private training in strength and sports conditioning. Although he gave up teaching and coaching full time, for the past ten years, he has served as an advisor to several high school coaches helping to identify and develop talent in young athletes.
After graduate school, Dr. Smith worked in the corporate world as a researcher at Lowe’s Companies helping the director of marketing and strategic planning as well as holding a mid-level management position with Wal-Mart. In both situations, he learned how to deliver customer service and utilize a business plan.
Dr. Anthony Smith is a dedicated teacher, coach, and leader who is continually striving to improve his ability to help others achieve their athletic goals. As part of his leadership role, he presents his research at local, state, regional, and national conferences, conventions and workshops.
Jerlisa Bowser is a native of the Virginia that over the years has lived up and down Interstate 95. Her young basketball career started at in Fredericksburg, VA where she was involved, since the age of nine, in parks and recreation basketball to AAU. The love of the game grew from playing outside with her family and neighborhood friends, the team comradery that was embraced in games, practices and camps. Going into her High School career, she made varsity in the 9th grade and made an immediate impact not only as a floor general but also the teams “hype woman.” There was never a time that she wasn’t trying to get everyone into the game. Her expression through actions showed how the game impacted Bowser on every level.
After high school, Bowser made her way down interstate 95 to play collegiate basketball at a well-known D3 College, Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA), where she played four years. Continuing her role from high school, she was a very strong role player that always knew how to keep the team spirits high and keep things electric on the court/bench. Within her four years she managed to have a team record of 104-18, which included:
·3 NCAA Appearances (1st Round, Sweet 16, Final Four 3rd place)
·2 Regular Season Championships
·3 Tournament Championships
After graduated college, Bowser flipped the script and found herself on the sideline coaching for her university as an Assistant Coach. She was involved in the recruiting efforts that brought in talented placed to keep the winning tradition alive. It was a very rewarding experience not only to be on the sidelines along with players that she played with but also the talent she brought in through recruiting. After two years on the sideline, she manage to help lead a talent group of women to a team record of 53-9 (with an Elite 8 and Sweet 16 appearance).
Bowser removed herself from the sidelines of CNU and traveled up interstate 95 to the DMV area (Northern Virginia) to pursue a career in IT Recruiting at the 2nd largest staffing company – Apex Systems, Inc., where she has established herself as a leader/mentor in the corporate world. In her spare time, she will assist with coaching summer leagues and assisting her friend with High School coaching/trainings.
Bowser graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration.
Bobby Conrad received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Spanish from Clemson University in 2004 and a M.S. in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University in 2008. While at Clemson, Coach Conrad served as a Men’s Basketball manager from 2000 to 2004.
Coach Conrad has served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Charlotte Catholic High School since 2006. In that time he has compiled a 195-88 record. Over 10 of his players have gone on to play in college. During his tenure, the Cougars have won 3 conference championships, made the state tournament 10 times, and had 4 conference players of the year.
In 2012-2013, Coach Conrad served as a men’s basketball assistant Coach at Belmont Abbey College. Coach Conrad helped lead the Crusaders to a Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and NCAA tournament birth. After that season, he returned to Charlotte Catholic as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach.
Coach Conrad is currently married to the former Lindsey McCormick and they have two children, Caroline (2) and Bobby IV (<1).