Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Relates : to what it means to be an athlete, to train hard, to compete and battle. Also what it is like to come back from injury.
Understands : the difficulties faced each day to achieve athletic and rehabilitation goals
Seeks : to learn new and old ways to better understand how the body works and allows an individual to reach their full potential.
Dedicated : to the art of coaching
Believes : there is a champion inside of us all just waiting to be let out
TJ Burns is Launch’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, certified through the National Strength Professionals Association. He specializes in the total development of an athlete. His core belief is that there is an inner athlete inside all of us; it just takes learning how to understand your body to reach and release the inner athlete. He draws on his own experiences as a coach and as an athlete to help individuals and teams reach and exceed their best outcomes.
Growing up in Philadelphia, TJ understood at a young age what it would take to be a successful athlete. Undersized compared to his peers, he discovered that an average effort would yield an average performance. He realized that only an extra effort every day would take him to the next level. This mental toughness led him to the gym of John Philbin, M.Ed, the Washington Nationals baseball team’s strength and conditioning coach. Coach Philbin helped train TJ to compete on the US National Bobsled Team, racing in World Cup, Jr. World Championships, and World Championships in both the two-man and four-man events. Additionally, he was named as the 2010 Alternate to the Olympic games.
TJ’s appreciation of the depth of strength and conditioning coaching occurred after a devastating knee injury. He devoted his full attention to regaining his pre-injury form and learning how to prevent future injuries as well.
TJ graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2003 with a degree in History. He has worked at the collegiate level as a strength and conditioning coach at Mt. St. Mary’s, where he was an integral part of four conference championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. He has worked with 13 different athletic teams at the Division I level. Additionally, he has worked individually with MLB and NFL athletes as well as elite high school and Olympic level athletes. TJ has also given presentations at conferences on the East coast on behalf of the National Strength Professional’s Association.
He lives with his wife (Lexi), daughter (Tierney), and son (Keane) in Emmittsburg, Maryland.