Joe Eisenmann, PhD, is a diverse scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach education, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. He joins the Volt Athletics team as the Head of Sports Science, advising Volt's Sport Performance team on data analytics and contributing to the Volt Blog on topics around long-term athlete development (LTAD).
Joe completed his PhD at Michigan State University in 2000 and has held faculty positions at the University of Wyoming, York University, Iowa State University, and Michigan State. He has published 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers, lectured nationally and internationally, served on several national-level committees and projects involving pediatric sports medicine, youth fitness, youth sports, and strength & conditioning, and has coached and developed thousands of youth athletes and coaches. He has also served as the senior clinical and translational research scientist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
In 2012, he founded and directed Spartan Performance at Michigan State University, a youth sports performance training and research center that served nearly 2000 athletes and coaches on a daily basis. In 2017, he served as the Director of High Performance and Education at USA Football where he oversaw efforts in LTAD, health and safety, and coach education.
As a youth athlete, he earned 13 varsity letters and was named a high school and NAIA All-American in baseball. As part of his current work-life balance, he enjoys slow mornings of coffee and the world news, daily physical activity and movement, watching SEC football and college basketball, reading organizational behavior and leadership books, watching Seinfeld and The Big Bang, and travel.