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Sports Performance & Sports Medicine

Sports Performance Mission

The DME Academy Sports Performance department designs and implements year-round and sport-specific training programs for full-time student-athletes. Each training program is designed to enhance all aspects of general athleticism from speed, agility, total body strength, explosiveness, work capacity/conditioning mental & nutritional programming, proper rest & recovery methods, and injury prevention.


Pillars of Our Performance Program
Total Body Strength Speed Agility
Work Capacity Power & Explosiveness Rest & Recovery

Our Facilities

Our elite facilities consist of a 47,000 square foot Field House which features 7 basketball courts and a strength and conditioning center. With 7 volleyball courts on campus, four sand/beach courts, and a 60x40 turf field used for performance training, athletes are training on state of the art equipment. Additionally, DME boasts a  wellness center & spa and 25,000 square foot Ice Arena for our hockey program.


Performance Team Leadership


Alex Richard, MS, CSCS
Director of Sports Performance 

Alex is in his first year as the Director of Sports Performance at DME Academy.

Alex joins DME after a five year stint at Southern Miss where he was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for men’s basketball and women’s soccer. Richard also worked with women’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and football while at Southern Miss.

Alex graduated with his masters degree in exercise science from Southern Miss in 2018. He graduated with his bachelors degree in Health Promotion & Wellness from Wisconsin Steven’s Point in 2016. While at UWSP, Alex was a four year member of the men’s basketball team. Richard was a captain and leading scorer of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

Alex is a certified strength & conditioning specialist from the NSCA.


Keeley Shaye Smith


Athletic Trainer

Graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training & minor in Exercise Science. Smith earned 1200+ clinical hours working with high school football, NCAA DII Women’s Basketball, and NCAA DII Women’s Lacrosse programs while at FSC. She then spent time working with the Colorado State University Football program.

Keeley also received her Master of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness from EKU. While there, she worked at The Lexington Clinic Orthopedics- Sports Medicine as a graduate assistant.

Smith currently holds Athletic Trainer Licensure in Florida and Kentucky and is certified through the Board of Certification in Athletic Training.

Alissa Hermida


Athletic Trainer

Alissa Hermida came to DME Academy after being a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer at Lafayette College. During that time she was the primary contact for men’s soccer, baseball, and golf. Alissa graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training with a concentration in Rehabilitative Sciences. She continued her education at East Stroudsburg University and received her Masters Degree in Athletic Training. During that time she primarily worked with football at Lafayette College.
Hermida currently holds Athletic Licensure in Florida and Pennsylvania and is certified through the Board of Certification in Athletic Training.

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