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MEET THE STAFF

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STEVEN WHITEHEAD

OWNER & FOUNDER

Steven Whitehead is the Owner and Founder of Elite Athletics Training. Originally from Moss Point Mississippi, Steven made his way to the Tri Cities in 2011 to play arena football for the Tri Cities Fever. Steven is a former high school all state recipient, a collegiate All American at Mcneese State University, and Indoor Football League MVP. After participating in mini camp for the New Orleans Saints in 2009 Steven then relocated to Anchorage Alaska to begin his rookie season in the IFL. During his time in Alaska, Steven suffered two career threatening injuries in the form of a broken back and torn hip labrum. During this time is where Steven found and developed his passion for training. After completing physical therapy, Steven signed on to play for the Tri Cities Fever in 2011. In 2012 after obtaining his ISSA personal training certification, Steven decided to open up Elite Athletics Training Since its opening, Steven has trained over 2,000 individuals in the Tri Cities and surrounding areas. Steven also travels and trains professional athletes. In 2019 Steven was hired as an intern for the Philadelphia Eagles.

CLIENT LIST INCLUDES:

Alshon Jeffery (Eagles)

Jadeveon Clowney (Titans)

Greg Ward (Eagles)

Nelson Agholor (Raiders)

Jordan Howard (Dolphins)

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KEONDRA SIMPSON

GYM MANAGER & TRAINER

Keondra is a graduate of Central Washington University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a soon to be National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer. As a Richland Native, her passion for sports began at a young age and carried her to a collegiate softball career at Columbia Basin College while attaining her A.A. degree. Stemming from the same lifetime career of sports, Keondra’s passion for the Health and Fitness industry was spurred by numerous injuries accrued throughout the years as well as the many coaches, trainers and mentors that have had a significant impact on her along the way. She became involved with Elite Athletics Training in 2018 while completing multiple internships necessary for her Bachelor’s degree and has since been brought on as a Trainer for the company. In her free time, she enjoys working on carpentry projects, hanging out with friends, and almost any activity that allows her to be outdoors. Keondra’s ultimate goals for her clients are injury prevention and rehabilitation while challenging them to dive into their untapped potential and reach all their personal goals plus some. 

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WILL BURGHARDT

TRAINER

Will Burghardt is originally from Clatskanie, Oregon, Burghardt has recently settled in Tri-Cities after playing his last year of college basketball at Washington State University. Prior to his career at WSU, Burghardt played his freshman year of basketball at University of Hawaii-Hilo. From 2018 to 2021 he played at Linfield University where they were 2019 and 2020 Northwest Conference Champions. He graduated from Linfield with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is currently pursing his Masters in Strength and Conditioning. Burghardt's passion for strength and conditioning stems from his love of sports and helping athletes achieve their goals. His competitive nature shows in his everyday life, from the gym to a friendly game of corn hole. Ultimately, he wants to help his clients reach their goals, short and long term, prevent injuries, and build confidence. 

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