Mentorship Program

The Louisville Sports Performance Mentorship Program exceeds what is experienced during a typical internship. The staff is committed to developing the next generation of elite performance professional, and the goal is to provide the most structured, educational, and progressive mentorship at the collegiate level.


The Marshall High Performance Training Center is both a coaching and a teaching facility. As such, the mentorship experience is designed to provide both classroom learning and practical coaching opportunities in a major Division I environment. Through a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum, the Sports Performance staff teaches every aspect of their training system, and works to develop every quality necessary for coaching success.

All curriculum topics are taught by LSP coaches, and are accompanied by weekly readings and assignments. Mentees are assigned a sport at the beginning of the mentorship, and week-by-week they develop a comprehensive off-season program for that sport. This program is presented and defended during the final week of the mentorship. Mid-term and final evaluations are conducted on each intern to provide feedback for improving personal and professional abilities.

Mentorships are offered for the fall, spring and summer terms, and typically last 12-16 weeks. The mentorship fulfills requirements for the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) certification (SCCC).

Curriculum topics include:

  1. Needs Analysis and Athlete Profiling
  2. High Performance Assessment - Rationale
  3. High Performance Assessment - Screening
  4. High Performance Assessment - Testing and Tracking
  5. Block 0 - Movement Fundamentals
  6. Speed 101 - Theory and Application
  7. Sport-Specific Speed
  8. Program Design - Principles and Macrocycle Development
  9. Program Design - LSP Model 2-3 / Meso and Microcycles
  10. Energy Systems Development - Theory and Science
  11. Energy Systems Development - Application and Testing
  12. Regeneration and Recovery
  13. Performance Nutrition

Selection to the LSP Mentorship Program is highly competitive. Graduate students with collegiate athletic experience, academic background in exercise science and industry-recognized certifications are preferred. The desire to become a collegiate or professional performance specialist is required.

All mentorships are unpaid, volunteer opportunities. Assistance finding housing in the Louisville area will be provided.

One to three interns are selected for each term. Interested candidates are can apply by sending a resume, cover letter and 3-5 references to:

Jason Dierking
317 Warnock St.
Louisville, KY 40292

Application deadlines for each term are as follows:

Curriculum Outline


  • Provide each intern with the wide exposure to sports performance principles, and how they are used within our program.
  • Provide each intern with “practical” NCAA Division-I sports performance experience.
  • Provide each intern with exposure to key topics, concepts, and processes that contribute to the overall sports performance program.
  • Instruct each intern on any and all movements, and progressions related to our sports performance training methodology.


  • Assist in the monitoring and implementation of sports performance programs.
  • Assist in the administrative and maintenance duties involved in sports performance program.
    • Workout set up / break down
    • Actively participate in team workouts (with assigned teams)
    • Daily / Weekly / Monthly facility maintenance
    • Data entry (testing / tracking)
    • Other assigned projects (when needed)
  • Maintain a training log(s), outlining experiences.
    • Log #1 - Sports Performance (What you see with workouts, your experience, etc.)
    • Log #2 - Your own workouts
  • Actively participate in weekly discussions on the curriculum topics.
    • Read all assigned research
    • Come with questions regarding the topic
    • Apply the topic to what you see, and the team you are assigned
  • Complete all required readings, assignments, and projects.
    • Designated in this manual
    • Assigned by Sports Performance Staff


  • Division 1, ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Sports Performance experience.
  • College Credit - Based on need and approval by advisor.
  • Earned recommendations through hard work.
    • Just because you complete a mentorship does not mean we will give you our recommendation.


"For 2 years, Louisville Sports Performance coaching staff gave me coaching responsibilities and a high quality teaching on different topics (fitness monitoring, nutrition, strength and conditioning development, rehabilitation). It was the best preparation as a coach that I could have got before getting a full time strength and conditioning position with a professional soccer team."

Tony Jouaux, Head Strength Coach, Chicago Fire (MLS), Grad Assistant 2010-2011

"My experience with UofL Olympic Sports Performance completely changed my career path as a physical therapist. Had it not been for the exceptionally talented and dedicated staff, phenomenal facility, plentiful resources, and cutting-edge concepts and techniques, I would not have been able to excel in my field as quickly as I did. Being able to fuse knowledge and skills from both the medical and strength worlds in order to collaborate and provide the best possible care to athletes is what made my experience unique and invaluable. Spending a summer with UofL Olympic Sports Performance was the best decision I made as a PT student. I was fortunate enough to learn a tremendous amount from leaders in the strength and conditioning world, make life-long colleagues, and jump start my career in a specialty niche."

Kristin Holbrook, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist/ Athletic Reconditioning Specialist, Ohio State Athletics, Intern Summer 2009

"Louisville Sports Performance is without a doubt the most valuable internship I have ever had. This has not been the only opportunity to intern at other high level facilities and programs I have had. I can tell you that I have not taken as much out of all of those combined as I have out of the University of Louisville. This is largely due to the knowledge of the current LSP staff. You are truly learning under the most knowledgeable and forward-thinking staff in the field. I would highly recommend this internship for any who could obtain it. You will not learn or be challenged more elsewhere; I can almost promise you that."

Rob Morton, Undergraduate Student at McMaster University, Summer Intern 2013