Indiana State Strength Clinics

Coaching Staff

David McMannus, MS, SCCC, CSCS, USAW
Director of Sport Performance

Entering his tenth year as Director of Strength and Conditioning, David McMannus is a proud alumnus that jumped at the opportunity to come back to Indiana State University and take over the physical development of the athletics program. McMannus oversees the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning as well as the performance nutrition of 16 teams and over 350 student athletes.

Since taking over the program, ISU Athletics have had very successful results. The program boasts a number of Missouri Valley Conference Champions, All-Americans, National Champions, Professional Athletes (NFL, MLB, Nike) and even multiple Olympians including two in this last year’s Rio Summer Games. Of equal importance, the injuries per sport have also greatly reduced.

McMannus is a member and certified coach of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.  Coach McMannus is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and he also holds a certification and membership with USAW.

Before taking over as Director, McMannus accomplished two professional NFL Internships with the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts under the tutelage of Rusty Jones and Jon Torine, respectively.

McMannus attended ISU where he played football and earned a BS in Exercise Science. He continued to work with Sycamore athletics and earn his Masters of Science. A part-time lecturer and Martial Arts Instructor at Indiana State University, David lives in Terre Haute with his two sons Tyson and Maddox.

Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

James Smith is entering his fourth year at Indiana State, this time as a recently promoted Assistant Strength Coach and the Director of Men’s Basketball Sport Performance. In addition to his Basketball Responsibilities Coach Smith will be in charge of creating the strength and conditioning program for the Volleyball, Swim and Dive, and the Male and Female Cross Country teams here at Indiana State University. James has also assisted with programing and the implementation of the Sycamore Football Strength and Conditioning program under the direction of David McMannus. James is also in charge of administrative duties including but not limited to Internship coordinator, annual strength clinic organizer, and social media account executive.

Coach Smith started at Indiana State University as a professional intern during the 2015 spring semester and continued in that role through the fall 2015 semester, working with all of the Sycamore Sport teams and programming specifically for the Cheer and Dance teams. From January 2016 – May 2017 James was a graduate assistant coach and completed his Master’s Degree at Indiana State University. Before coming to Indiana State University James Smith completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management at the IU Kelley School of Business. James also interned with the Indiana Pacers in their Player Relations department and attributes that experience to what sparked his love for the Strength and Conditioning Field.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana James attributes his success to his work ethic and support from his loving parents Charles and Angela Smith and his supportive sister Molly Smith. “Without my family I don’t know where I would be, I owe a lot of what I accomplished to them. The lessons they taught me helped me achieve so much and I truly believe that with a supportive group of family and friends and a desire to work hard anything is possible. As the old irish proverb says the work praises the man.”

John Stein, MS, CSCS
Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning Coach

John Stein is entering his third year at Indiana State University as the Assistant Director of Sports Performance. Coach Stein will be in charge of designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for Women’s Soccer and Baseball.

Prior to his full-time status, Coach Stein spent the summer and fall semesters interning with the Indiana State Strength and Conditioning program. While at ISU John spent his time working with a majority of the men’s and women’s sports teams. After interning with Indiana State, Stein spent time in the private sector in Detroit working with adolescent, collegiate athletes, professional boxers, as well as NHL and MLB athletes.

From 2009-14, Stein earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University.  During his time in Athens, Stein co-founded the Ohio University Weightlifting Club, volunteered time with the Ohio University Strength and Conditioning program, as well as tutoring students and assisting in the instruction of exercise physiology coursework.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Stein is a 2009 graduate of Northmont High School (Clayton, Ohio). He plans to pursue the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the CSCCa, as well as the USAW certification. Academically he plans to further expand his education in business and additional work in exercise physiology.

Lauren Zakrajsek MS, CSCS, USAW, RPR

Lauren is entering her second year as graduate assistant with Indiana State, and will be the Director for strength and conditioning for Track & Field. In addition, Lauren will also be in charge of Golf and Softball. Prior to joining the staff at ISU, Lauren interned under Ron McKeefery at Eastern Michigan University, working with the football program in the Fall of 2015. During her time at EMU, Lauren also worked with Olympic sports for the Fall season, and also served as a coaching assistant from January through July 2016, assisting with 10 teams.

In addition to coaching at Eastern Michigan University, Lauren also served as both a strength and conditioning and sport coach for the men’s and women’s track & field team at her alma mater, Saline High School in Saline, MI. for five years from 2011 through 2016. A former track & field athlete, Lauren was a five-time all state sprinter and also competed at Nike Outdoor Nationals.

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2014, graduating with honors. She then pursued her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology at Eastern Michigan University, graduating in April 2016.

Zakrajsek is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as Level 1 certified through Precision Nutrition, and Ignition Speed System certified through Ignition APG.

She was born November 4, 1991 in Midland, MI. and graduated from Saline High School in 2010. Lauren is pursuing a Master of Science in Coaching at Indiana State University.

Andrew Main, BS, CSCS, USAW
Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Andrew Main is entering his first year at Indiana State as a graduate assistant.  He will be in charge of creating and implementing the strength and conditioning program for Cheer and Dance. He will also implement the strength and conditioning program for the Swimming team here at Indiana State. Main will also assist with coaching of the Sycamore Football Strength and Conditioning program under Director David McMannus and Assistant Strength Coach James Smith. Not only that but Andrew Main will also be in charge of the program design and execution for the Sycamore Cheer and Dance squads.

Andrew Main worked as a professional intern during the 2017 spring semester. Main is a Sycamore Football Alum previously playing Tight End from 2014-2106 while earning his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science. Before coming to Indiana State, he went to Fullerton College where he was named First Team All-Southern Conference.

Tyler Smith, BS, CSCS, USAW

Tyler is entering his first year as a graduate assistant here at Indiana State University. He will be in charge of implementing the programs for the Sycamores Volleyball and Cross Country teams, and assist in the implementation of the Swim and Dive team.

Smith has previously interned at South Dakota University under Jevon Bowman, primarily working with Swimming and Diving, Cheer and Dance, and Football. Tyler also spent a summer interning with the University of Nebraska Football team helping with weight room sessions as well as practice sessions which featured using catapult GPS.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from South Dakota and is pursuing a Masters in Exercise Science here at Indiana State University. Tyler Smith was born in South Dakota, but raised in LeMars, Iowa.

Jason Nunn, MS, CSCS

Jason Nunn graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in 2005 with a major in exercise science. In December of 2006 he finished his Master of Science degree from Indiana State University with a major in physical education with an emphasis in coaching and nutrition. During college, Jason became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Nunn previously owned his own training facility in Avon, Indiana and was the head Strength Coach of Danville high school. He comes back to Indiana State as an assistant Strength Coach working with Indiana State Football under the Direction of David McMannus.

In Jason’s eleven years in the industry, he has worked with a variety of clientele. They range from blue collar workers to housewives to elite division one and professional athletes. His passion is in sports performance and helping athletes achieve their athletic goals through increasing strength, speed, and agility.