EM Coaches, Trainers & Staff

In addition to having played Professional or Collegiate sports at a high level, EM Trainers are certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine, have a degree in kinesiology or other ‘regulated’ sports medicine governing body – not just an ‘internal company generated certification’. We are sports training experts, and we think that means going the extra mile with everything we do. We expect our athletes to give us 110% every day, so we give you the same effort and provide you with qualified, motivated and expert training that gets you better every day!

Here are some of the many qualified EM Coaches and Trainers, that together, help make EM an experience for athletes that is unequalled in the performance training industry.

Because the safety of our athletes is our first concern, EM Trainers are submitted to a background check.

Rod Richard

EM Speed and Power | Master Trainer | Program Development

Coach Roderick Richard is entering his fourth year in his second term as Strength and Conditioning Coach/Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at EM Speed and Power. In his position at EM, Coach Rod will design and develop all facets of the strength and conditioning for the EM football program.

During his time at EM coach Rod also served as Strength and Conditioning Coach at California Polytechnic University, Pomona working with men’s and women’s soccer as well as volleyball.

Prior joining the staff Coach Rod was also an assistant strength coach with the New York Mets for the 2011-12 season and before moving back to California, he was an assistant football coach and worked in the area of strength and conditioning at Diamond Bar High School for fours years and at West Hills (Ca) Chaminade College Prep for a year.

After 3 years as a Biological Medicine major Coach Rod decided to switch gears and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan Technological University 2004.

Coach Rod is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Weightlifting (USAW). Additionally, he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach and a certified sports performance coach.

Roderick Richard II CSCS, RSCC, USAW-I

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Doug Alston

EM Speed and Power | Trainer

Doug grew up in Portland, Maine where he attended Cheverus High school. Doug was the captain of his State Class A Championship basketball team where he broke his schools single season steals record. Doug attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where be played Basketball as well. The first two years at Guilford, he helped the team reach the Division III Final Four. Doug graduated Guilford with a Sports Management degree in 2014. Doug has been an athletic trainer for over 7 years with a career in sports training programs focusing on proper sprinting mechanics, posture, program design and protocols to improve athletic movement. Doug also coached high-school basketball where he was a strength and conditioning coach under Freddie Johnston, who has the most wins in North Carolina History. After coaching, continuing his education of athletic performance, Doug built his knowledge of proper programming and athlete evaluation. He has trained professional soccer, baseball, football players as well as elite college athletes. Doug is a certified personal trainer with a basketball, football and lacrosse background.
‘Together with EM, I am eager to continue the EM Tradition of always getting better so I can be the most effective in getting YOU better.’ Doug is currently studying to complete his CSCS.

Amy Marquardt

EM Speed and Power | Trainer

Has played softball for 15 years as a catcher, middle-infielder, and outfielder

Graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School in 2011

Second Team All Baseline League as a junior

Graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Monterey Bay in 2014

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach – National Strength and Conditioning Association

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Halecia Griffith

EM Speed and Power | Trainer

Professional Education:

California State University, Fullerton (MS)
California State University, Long Beach (BA)


Halecia has a Master’s degree is Kinesiology (concentration in biomechanics and strength & conditioning) and a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (concentration in athletic training).
As an undergraduate student she worked integrally assessing and treating injuries of student-athletes, at CSULB and Mt. San Antonio College, in the following sports: basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, tennis, water polo, crew, rugby, wrestling, track and field, and football. Prior to her graduate studies she worked alongside the former athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Angels, in his private practice, rehabbing athletes in various sports, including professional baseball and golf (LPGA). Through her graduate studies she learned how to screen for potential injuries (e.g. ACL prevention) and improve the strength and power development of athletes, to excel in their sport. Halecia’s primary research concentrated on lumbar spine injury and isometric core stability, which lead to writing a training manual (entitled “Safe & Effective Core Training: A Stabilizing Approach”).

Halecia’s athletic experience includes high school basketball, volleyball, and track. She is passionate about seeing each athlete she works with move with greater efficiency and achieve a higher level of athleticism.

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