Dr. Jason Russell is the founder and director of OPS. He received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University and his Doctorate degree from National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Russell has a concentration in the fields of biomechanics, gait analysis, gait therapy, and complicated movement disorders, and he has 10 years of experience with resistance and aerobic exercise adaptations and speed development. Dr. Russell lectures regularly on the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and on speed development in athletes. His clinical interests are conservative musculoskeletal medicine with particular emphasis on running injuries, foot and hip pain, and overuse injuries.
Matt received both a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a master's in sport administration and management from Indiana University. During his time at IU, he was a shooting guard for the Hoosiers from 2008-2012, earning the Big Ten Medal of Honor his senior year for achievements in the classroom and on the court. Matt oversees daily operations for OPS at ASH Centre including responsibilities associated with the OPS Basketball Academy. Matt is also involved in account services with community partners and high schools. While off the clock, he coaches a 17U AAU team and is a high school basketball official.
Ron Howard is best known in Fort Wayne as a Mad Ants basketball standout earning him the nickname "Mr. Mad Ant" for his contributions on and off the court. He played at Valparaiso University where he earned second-team all-conference recognitions his junior and senior years. As a professional basketball player, Ron led Fort Wayne to the 2014 NBA D-League Championship, earning Co-MVP recognition that season. He is the Mad Ants all-time leading scorer with 4,324 career points, a three-time NBA D-League All-Star and a two-time NBA D-League Jason Colliers Sportsmanship award recipient. Ron's #19 jersey was retired during a special halftime presentation in March 2017. He has played in seven different countries and participated in three NBA training camps over the span of his 15 year playing career.
His role with Optimum Performance Sports allows him to help nurture athletic achievement and sportsmanship for young athletes in the area. He is a true mentor and role model to the youth of our community.
Zac received his B.S. in Atheltic Training from Purdue University and his M.S. in Recreation and Sport Management from Tennessee University. He joined OPS/Fort Wayne Orthopedics in 2012 as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants head atheltic trainer. Prior to the Mad Ants, Zac completed an internship with the Buffalo Bills (2008-2009) and was a graduate assistant at Tennessee with the Athletic Training department (2010-2012). Zac oversees the operations for all of our Athletic Trainers and also serves as an Athletic Trainer at Bishop Dwenger High School. Under Zac's leadership, our athletic trainers are continuely progressing in the sports medicine field to provide the best care for our student athetes. Outside of work, Zac is an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys lake sports and hunting.
A former linebacker at Manchester College, Dan received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education and B.S. in Fitness Concentration. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with NSCA and is the head strength and conditioning coach at Carroll High School.
Dace, a standout pitcher at the University of Louisville, has been a performance trainer with OPS since November of 2016. He is currently a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization after being drafted in 2013. He graduated from Louisville with a bachelors in Exercise Science and will receive his M.S. in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania this winter. He is a certified Speed and Explosive Movement Specialist through NASE and a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through the NASM. When not at work, he enjoys working out, hiking, hunting, reading, and cooking.
Jon received his B.S in Exercise Science with a concentration in fitness and recreation in May 2015 from Manchester University. As an OPS Performance Coach he is passion driven and motivated to get the best out of athletes through resistance and cardiovascular training. At Manchester, Jon was a four-year starting defensive end, voted as a senior captain and earned HCAC All-Conference honors.
A native of Fort Wayne, Eliana attended Blackhawk Christian School and IPFW, where she earned a bachelor's degree in general studies with minors in psychology and organizational leadership. She is a NASM certified trainer and enjoys pushing her clients toward their goals and helping better their lives.
Katelyn went to the University of Saint Francis where she received her BS in Exercise Science and a BS in Nutrition. She is originally from Chicago, IL, but has lived in Fort Wayne since she was 5 years old. Katelyn has been with OPS since July 2017 and absolutely loves working with the students on a daily basis. Prior to working at OPS, Katelyn has been seriously involved with an organization in Fort Wayne called Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner, a 15 week long weight loss competition. In her spare time Katelyn loves spending time with friends and family, going to Nashville to visit her sister, and playing with her two dogs at home.
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