2018 National Conference

David Abernethy

How Does a Strength Coach Take a Product Idea to Market?

1.Tell the story of Tsunami Barbell, LLC 2.Consideration in meeting with companies 3.How to go about getting a US Patent 4.How to find the right manufacturer and distributor 5.Taking your product to market

David Abernethy began his college career at Methodist University in 1994 where he was a two year starter at left tackle. He then transferred to Western Carolina in 1996 where he was a two year starter at right guard on the offensive line. He was trained by two MSCC strength coaches at WCU, who are John Sisk and Rob Phillips.

David began his college coaching career as an offensive football graduate assistant at WCU in 1999. He was brought into strength and conditioning as a graduate assistant at Clemson University by MSCC Joey Batson. He was then hired by Ruben Mendoza at The University of Mississippi in 2001. Abernethy then left for his first Director?s spot at Western Kentucky University in 2003. He left WKU to go back to Clemson as the Senior Assistant under his mentor Joey Batson in 2005. David then left for the Assistant Athletic Director of strength and conditioning position for Furman University in 2012.

David is now the Co-founder of Tsunami Bar, LLC and Education Director at Total Strength and Speed. He is married to Kelli Abernethy of Denver, NC and they have two children Madilyn (13) and Brooks (9). He was inducted as a MSCC in 2014