Nicodemus Christopher joins the Tennessee men's golf program in the spring of 2012, after having spent the previous year as a sports performance assistant at Purdue.
Christopher was responsible for the sports performance programs for softball and track and field at Purdue during the 2011-12 academic year, while also assisting with men's basketball as a speed and conditioning coordinator.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come to Tennessee and work with one of the best and most progressive coaching staffs in college athletics," Christopher said.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Christopher has previous experience as an assistant sports performance coach at Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) in Tyler, Texas, and he worked as a sports performance coach at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in Dallas. During his time in Dallas, he helped train members of the NHL's Dallas Stars and the FC Dallas MLS franchise. He also assisted with NFL training camp preparation and off-season workouts for NFL standouts such as Marion Barber, Bradie James, Akin Ayodele, Donald Driver and Weslye Saunders, just to name a few.
He received a bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Baylor (2007) and a master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on biomechanics and anatomical kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler (2010).
As a graduate instructor for biomechanics and anatomical kinesiology at Texas-Tyler from August 2008 through May 2010, Christopher taught students to apply the principles of physics to human movement, such as athletic tasks, in order to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. His courses also examined how the laws of physics apply to biological systems such as the human body.
Christopher was a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach at Stanford in the fall of 2010, and he is a USA Weightlifting (USAW) certified sport performance coach.
During his time as an undergraduate at Baylor, Christopher sat on the executive boards of both the African Student Association and the Association of Black Students.