COACH PAUL PAYNTER MA, CSCS, USATF L-II, USAW
Paul is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a club coach with USA Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field level II certified coach in the sprints/hurdles/relays, as well as the throws. In addition, he has been a personal trainer, is a junior high and high school summer sports camp coach, a seminar clinician, and a facilities and program consultant since 1995.
Paul has competed in weightlifting, triathlon, cycling, track & field, cross country, and running, including eight marathons. His areas of special interest include complete athletic performance enhancement (speed, power, mobility, skill, work capacity), holistic (total) fitness programming, and Olympic weightlifting.
Paul grew up in Arlington Heights, playing youth football, swimming, baseball, and wrestling, and competed in high school football and track and field at Arlington High School (1981). He graduated from Illinois State University in 1985, with a BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and earned a MA degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO) in 1998.
He has taught science and physical education, and coached track, cross country, strength & conditioning, and swimming since 1988. He devoted eight years to the high school student-athletes, including seven in High School District 214; five years were at Prospect High School.
Paul's college experience includes NCAA DI- University of Wisconsin-Madison; assistant strength & conditioning coach for men's track and women's rowing, NCAA DII- Adams State College; graduate assistant coach track and cross country, and NCAA DIII-Concordia University Wisconsin; director of athletic performance, head men's and women's track and cross country coach, and physical education adjunct faculty. He has coached numerous state and national qualifiers, as well as several medalists, NCAA All-Americans, and two national champions(NCAA Track and USA Weightlifting), one who was an Olympic trials qualifier.
He has also taught Olympic style weightlifting and power lifting, as well as other physical education courses, including SPARQ courses at Harper College in Palatine. Paul was the head coach of Harper College’s nationally (NJCAA DIII) ranked cross country team, as well as assistant coach of the track & field team (National Champions 2009) from 2008-2011.
His personal interests include staying physically fit, training and competing as a masters track athlete, weightlifter, and runner. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, traveling, bird hunting, and reading/researching. His joy is participation with others living a high quality, healthy, and active life.