Former Blue Hen Kevin Neeld will be joining The USA Hockey Women’s National Team for the 4-Nations Cup (Nov. 4-8) in Sundsvall, Sweden as their Strength and Conditioning Coach. Kevin has worked with the team since August, 2011, and recently traveled with the team to Malmo, Sweden for the 2015 World Championships, where the US won gold.
The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996. The United States has competed 18 times, having captured the title five times (1997, 2003, 2008, 2011-12), finished second 12 times and third in the 2013 tournament. The U.S. holds an overall record of 40-5-5-23-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 75 Three/Four Nations Cup games. For more information, visit: USA Hockey WNT: 2015 4-Nations Cup
After completing a successful college hockey career at the University of Delaware (’05-’06: MVP; ’06-’07: Team Captain, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2nd Team All-American), Kevin served as the Assistant Coach of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Women’s Ice Hockey Team and assisted with the implementation of the strength and conditioning program for the UMass Amherst Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Recently, Kevin has joined the US Women’s National Hockey Team as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, and has been an invited guest to NHL training camps to assist in the testing and training of the players. Kevin continues his work in ice hockey serving as a coach, educator, and program consultant in the sport.
Kevin is now the President, Director of Performance, and Manual Therapist at Endeavor. Since joining the team in 2007, Kevin has rapidly established himself as an international authority on athletic development, with a reputation for creatively applying an extensive knowledge in functional anatomy, biomechanics, neural control, and injury prevention to produce superior results for his athletes.
Kevin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) holding a Master’s degree in Kinesiology & Exercise Neuroscience (University of Massachusetts Amherst), a Bachelor’s degree in Health Behavior Science & Fitness Management, and a minor in Strength and Conditioning (University of Delaware). In 2013, Kevin became one of only 9 professionals worldwide to earn the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credential from the Postural Restoration Institute.
Kevin is sought after for his expertise in both performance enhancement and injury resistance. He has helped athletes surpass previous performance bests following a multitude of common athletic injuries, including ankle sprains, knee ligament tears, hip labral tears, chronic groin and hip flexor strains, sports hernias, low back pain, shoulder dislocations/separations, and shoulder labral tears.
An accomplished author, Kevin has had articles published in Men’s Fitness and many of the top fitness and performance sites, including AskMen.com, StrengthCoach.com, T-Nation.com, EliteFTS.com, and SportsRehabExpert.com. He also wrote Chapter 3: The Real Reason You Can’t See Your Abs in the Men’s Health Big Book of Abs, is the author of Ultimate Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource on long-term player development and year-round off-ice training methods, and recently released Ultimate Hockey Transformation, which features year-round training programs for youth hockey players from U-14 through Juniors. Additionally, he has served as an investigator and co-author on scholarly works published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.