The Lipscomb Academy fitness curriculum is a year-round strength and conditioning program designed explicitly for students grades 7th-12th. Through instructional fitness, students are encouraged to use their talents and reach their highest potential in the world of sport and wellness.
As we coach our students to view their bodies as God intended - made in the image of Christ, we hold the student body to the following two standards: Be pleasing to God and be a blessing to your community.
Student-athletes are prepared for competition through instruction from highly qualified strength and conditioning instructors who desire to meet student-athletes where they are and challenge them to set and achieve higher goals. Upon completion of the program, Lipscomb Academy students will realize and understand the dynamics and importance of living a holistic, healthy lifestyle and will leave the academy confident and competent in the world of health and fitness.
MEET THE HUMAN PERFORMANCE COACHES
Director of Sports Performance
Luke Richesson has been a strength and conditioning coach for 22 years with extensive experience and knowledge gained under the tutelage of renowned professor and coach Bob Lockwood while studying exercise science at the University of Kansas. He is highly sought-after in his field of expertise and is intentional in his work with athletes, helping them maximize their potential and realize new levels of physical and mental strength. Richesson’s primary responsibility will be working closely with the football program, along with other varsity athletes. Richesson chose to be a part of Lipscomb Academy because of the culture and close-knit community of the Lipscomb family. He and his wife, Anita, have two children enrolled in the Upper School.
Director of Human Performance
Lipscomb University graduate Seigenthaler joins the Lipscomb Academy staff as director of human performance and head cross country coach. As part of the athletic program, he will be developing strength and conditioning curriculum for the Upper School student body. His mission is to inspire attainable goals for all students, whether competing athletes or non-athletes, to foster relationships that encourage confidence in one’s self and to instill the knowledge that every student has the potential to succeed. Prior to joining the Academy, Seigenthaler was the Ensworth High School track coach for seven years. He and his wife, Laura, have two boys that will be attending the SEED school and Lower School this fall.
Director of Human Performance
Anna Bowers, a Lipscomb University graduate, serves as human performance instructor at Lipscomb Academy. Previously, Bowers was director of girls strength and conditioning, head girls basketball coach and assistant coach for track and field at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis Additionally, she worked as an assistant strength and conditioning instructor at Ensworth School and Harpeth Hall School, as well as having served as an assistant coach for Lipscomb University’s women’s basketball team. While at Lipscomb, Bowers was a scholarship basketball player and member of the track and field team. Currently, she still holds multiple Lipscomb University records in both sports. Bowers competed professionally in the pentathlon and heptathlon under the leadership of former Olympic Decathlete Gary Kinder.
With the renovation of the human performance weight room located at the Upper School, the enhanced performance center is accessible now for the entire student body. The renovations have expedited our ability to install methodologies based around teaching movement, core strength and proper lifting techniques. Sixteen racks, numerous dumbbell and kettlebell racks and increased space give the athletics program the necessary tools to teach effectively.
The addition of new equipment, designed by Sorinex, in the football performance center adds state-of-the-art equipment with cutting edge pieces outfitting sixteen stations that allow us to do more than any other high school in the country. We also have key training pieces like a Swiss Swing--equipment used for reintroducing an injured player back to the field, Power Plate and two Keiser functional trainers that allow us to train rotary movement and power.