Your Coach: Terry Grisham

Terry began his 30+ year career in Strength & Conditioning at the University of Oklahoma in 1984.  Since then, he has held positions with Louisiana State University, the Chicago White Sox, and the Baltimore Orioles.  He also served as the Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at AOSSMA orthopedic practice in Birmingham, AL. He was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham teaching undergraduate and graduate level Advanced Conditioning Principles for the Athlete and Weight Training.  He has lectured nationally for PASSOR on functional and strategic rehabilitation of the spine. He was a reviewer for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning textbook, 1st edition. He has also been an instructor for the USAW Level 1 coaching courses. Terry has lectured to and trained the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  At present, Terry serves as a Strength and Conditioning Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays minor league Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and is the coach and owner of CHALK!

Terry earned his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, his M.A.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has 21 hours of graduate work in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. He has held the C.S.C.S. certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for over 20 years.  Terry is a competitive powerlifter.  Terry holds the USPA National American Masters record, 50-54, 100kg class in the squat with the lift of 265 KG. He was an Oklahoma state high school and state teenage powerlifting champion. Terry also paced 3rd in the Oklahoma State Collegiate Powerlifting Championships as a sophomore in high school. He was a two-time USPF National Collegiate Powerlifting All-American in 1987 and 1988, winning a Bronze medal both years and was named a member of the 1987 USA IPF Junior World Powerlifting Team that competed in Lima, Peru.  Terry Placed 5th in the 1987 USPF Senior National Powerlifting Championship at the age of 23. As an Olympic style weightlifter, Terry was coached by USAW Senior International Level Coaches, Stephen Miller and Gayle Hatch, and currently competes at the Masters level and won the bronze medal in the 2011 USA National Masters weightlifting Championship and qualified for the Masters Pan Am and World Championships.

Mentors and Coaches

Stephen Miller, 1980, to present.  Head Coach 2010 Youth Olympic Games and 2009 US School Age Girls Olympic Weightlifting Team; 2004 Barnholth Award; USAW Senior International Coach
Pete Martinelli, Head Strength coach, University of Oklahoma, 1984-1990
Floyd Morgan, RPT, Owner at Baylife Physical Therapy, St. Petersburg, FL. 1993 to present
Skip Bertman, head Baseball coach LSU.  1990-92
Pat Henry, Dan Pfaff, Rock Light and Juan Dela Garza, Track and Field coaches at LSU. 1990-1992
Gayle Hatch, USAW Senior International Level Coach and Head Coach USA Weightlifting 2004 Olympic Games, Athens Greece. 1990-1993
Bret Brian, U.S. National Olympic Weightlifting Champion and 1988 and 1992 Olympian. 1990-1993
Vern Gambetta, Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox.  1993 and 1994 seasons.
Brad Goodman, MD , Matt Berke, MD and The Physicians at AOSSMA in Birmingham, Al. 1996-2008
Gary Hunter, PhD, Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Human Studies. 1996-2011