Sports Performance & Athletic Training

Where Technology and Methodology Collide

Performance training is now a year-round regimen designed to keep your body primed throughout the year. Sport-specific and position-specific training is changing the way athletes elevate their game. At DME, performance training off the court or field is equally as important in an athletes development. Our performance programs cover everything. This includes: speed, agility, endurance, mental & nutritional programming, proper rest & recovery methods and injury prevention.


Performance Training
Pillars of Our Performance Program
Endurance Speed Agility
Mental Preparation Nutrition 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

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Gavin Metz

Head of Strength and Conditioning, Former college soccer player from Columbus, Ohio, whose passion for strength and conditioning began while playing at Anderson University in South Carolina. He won three conference titles and was part of multiple NCAA tournament runs. He began as a National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS) and later added the Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Certified Golf Fitness Professional as well. His time working with golfers and other athletes has given him a refined eye for movement and developing athletes, and Gavin is excited to use his expertise to mold and develop athletes here at DME.

Drawing on his own experience, Gavin knows what it takes to excel at the college level. His success on the field and in strength training and development brings a whole new dynamic to DME’s weight room and athletic programs.


Alex Richard

Alex comes from Southern Miss where he served as the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for men’s basketball. During his tenure at Southern Miss, he also spent time working with women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and football.

Alex earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Southern Miss in 2018. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Health Promotion & Wellness from Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2016. While at UW-Stevens Point, he was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team. Alex was a captain and leading scorer of the 2015 NCAA Division III national championship team.

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

Strength Coach
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Athletic Trainer

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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