I am often asked, "Do you ever want to open your own studio or gym?" It would be great for Specialty Athletic Training to have it's own place, and one day it will, but there are a lot of great things about having our primary location at Lewis & Clark College. The greatest asset? The people that our clients get to interact with daily that provide a fun and inclusive environment.
Angela Dendas is the head strength and conditioning coach at Lewis & Clark College. Not only does she work with the student-athletes at L&C, but interacts with our clients anytime that she has a chance. It is highly likely that you have met Coach Ange if you have shown up to a training session early and are waiting for myself or Andrew. She can often be found giving our clients high fives or chatting about their day at school. She has had a tremendous impact on the sport programs at Lewis & Clark College and the overall experience of being a Specialty Athletic Training client.
Ben Beck (baseball player), Josh Bocker (football player), and one of their classmates made this documentary about Coach Ange. Thank you for allowing us to share this video about Angela Dendas and thank you Coach Ange for helping make the weight room a place for our clients to thrive!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is President of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.