The instructors, educators, and coaches that we employ are the most sought after educators in the industry. Their experiences and education spans the high performance industry with backgrounds in exercise science, strength and conditioning, sport and performance psychology, educational psychology and clinical mental health counseling.
Our educators and guest instructors are at the cutting edge of new modalities in the health and performance industries. Our instructors are recruited, and selected based on their specialty. They work in close collaboration with our support and leadership staff, who design the UHP curriculum and ensure that our focus remains on the student.
Ben Freakley is the Vice President for Performance and Well-Being, leading the integration of all health and performance aspects with staff and students to create life changing experiences at UHP. He brings more than 20 years of experience coaching sport, tactical, and corporate performers to his role at the University of Health & Performance.
Prior to joining UHP, Ben was the Head of Mental Performance with the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) leading the development and delivery of mental skills programs across all levels of the Blue Jays organization. Before his role with the Toronto Blue Jays, he was the inaugural head coach and general manager of Tormenta FC of the United Soccer League (USL).
Ben started his career in sport and performance psychology with the United States Army Special Operations Forces, as the performance psychology coach with the prestigious 75th Ranger Regiment. Before transitioning to the field of sport and performance psychology, Ben coached NCAA Men’s Soccer for nearly 15 years. Ben holds masters degrees in Sport Psychology and Sport Management from Georgia Southern University where he was an NCAA Division I athlete.
He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of Western States with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is a certified coach developer through the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). Ben is married to Melissa Freakley and they have two sons (Ben, 13 and Connor, 11).
Hunter is the Director of Training, overseeing an interdisciplinary approach to empower our staff and students in how we move our bodies to build the best versions of themselves. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the University of Health & Performance from the tactical and collegiate realms.
Prior to joining UHP, Hunter was a human performance specialist with 1st Special Forces Group for over 10 years. Although he has never served in the military, it was working with this community that he found his purpose in coaching and serving others. Hunter played an integral role in laying the foundation for the US Army Special Forces human performance program, truly encompassing that “humans are more important than hardware.”
Before his time in special operations, he was a strength and conditioning coach in the collegiate setting at the University of Wyoming and the University of Virginia. Hunter earned his Master’s degree at Virginia and his Bachelors at Black Hills State University, both in exercise physiology. As a collegiate athlete, Hunter was a National Champion and All-American in the weight throw. He was awarded the NSCA Athlete of the Year and was captain of the track and field team.
Hunter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the NSCA, and holds a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach Certification as well as USAW’s Athlete Development Certification. He also holds certifications in Myokinematic Restoration from the Postural Restoration Institute, Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation, and CPR and First Aid through the American Heart Association.
GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACHES
Graduates of UHP can apply and be appointed to future camps as graduate assistant coaches. These UHP graduates are certified personal trainers who are actively pursuing careers in coaching and performance. Graduate assistants show exemplary performance as health & performance leaders in their communities, and have a natural aptitude for teaching, leadership, and helping others live their purpose.
Alongside UHP instructors and graduate assistants, we invite world-class master coaches and guest instructors to share their respective expertise with our students. Guest instructors and master coaches from a wide range of industries in health and fitness join us and share their first-hand knowledge. While on campus, students have the opportunity to learn from, work with, and build relationships with leaders in the field.