Weightlifting Head Coach
B.S. - Exercise Science
M.A. - Exercise Physiology
Ph.D. – Sport Physiology and Performance
United States Weightlifting, National Level Coach Certification
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Coach Hornsby has been the Head Coach of West Virginia Weightlifting since 2015. Under his direction WVWL has had over 15 weightlifters qualify and compete at USA Weightlifting (USA) national meets and over 50 weightlifters compete at USAW sanctioned competitions. Outside of coaching the club he is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Coaching Education (emphasis in sport science) at West Virginia University (WVU) in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Additionally, he is a member of WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s “Performance Team.” A sport science group aimed at providing athlete monitoring to various WVU athletic programs and conducting applied sport research. His previous coaching experience includes being a Strength and Conditioning Coach at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) (08-13), 160th SOAR(A) (a U.S. Special operations unit) (2015) and as an assistant weightlifting coach for ETSU’s USOC designated Olympic Training Site (10-13).
Coach Hornsby has been fortunate to be able to learn from exceptional coaches. In college Coach Hornsby was thrower at ETSU under 2 time Olympian (discus, 80, 84), NCAA record holder (discus), and first ever head female collegiate strength coach (Arizona and Texas Tech), Meg Stone. After completion of his throwing career he remained at ETSU to pursue a PhD in Sport Physiology and switched to weightlifting under the coaching direction of Dr. Mike Stone (former head of Physiology at the USOC, first Head Strength Coach at LSU, acclaimed scientist in strength power research). Coach Hornsby was a national level lifter throughout his graduate work at ETSU (08-13) finishing in the top 8 at USAW American Open (now AO Final) 3 times and received a bronze medal at 2009 USAW Collegiate National Championships.
He is an active member of USA Weightlifting, serving as the West Virginia Local Weightlifting Committee (LWC) President, and as a member of the USAW LWC Presidents Advisory Committee, representing Central and Southeast U.S. Additionally he is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) serving as the NSCA West Virginia State Director and on NSCA’s Weightlifting Special Interest Group Executive Council.
Coach Hornsby has presented nationally and internationally at scientific meetings, authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and contributed several book chapters to educational texts. Specific to weightlifting he has published research and review articles on long-term training (e.g. periodization and programming), performance assessment and monitoring, and weightlifting technique.