McClure Sports Training Helping Local Student-Athletes Succeed
MCCLURE SPORTS LEADS THE WAY IN SPORTS TRAINING IN SOUTH CHARLOTTE
With a passion for helping student-athletes reach their full potential on the field of play, Josh McClure, the owner and founder of McClure Sports is leading the way with his training of area teams and athletes. The 1997 Independence High School graduate has built a successful resume in strength and conditioning training and now he is sharing his knowledge with a large group of local student-athletes. Josh combines proven training methods with his own energy and passion for success. He has been NCSA Certified since 2007 and is an XPE Master Certified Trainer. Josh is married to his wife Jennifer and they have a daughter Hadley. Josh is quick to point out that without Jennifer’s commitment and sacrifice, McClure Sports would not be possible. Let’s find out more about South Charlotte Sports Report partner McClure Sports and all they are offering in the area.
Tell me about your background in strength and conditioning?
“I started as the Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach at NC State Football under Chuck Amato (2000-2007); then I became the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Chamblee High School in Georgia where we went 14-2 and made it to the state semifinals. From there I began working with XPE Sports (2008-currently licensed to use training methodology) who has produced 24, 1st Round NFL Draft Picks since 2004. I began McClure Sports in April of 2011 and have worked with seven NCHSAA and NCISAA state finalists and five state champions, including Charlotte Christian Football, Weddington High School Baseball, Porter Ridge Softball and state wrestling champions Troy Gregor and Ethan Jones.”
Who are some of the teams you work with now?
“Currently McClure sports is partnered with three schools; Charlotte Christian, Hickory Ridge and Providence. Currently at CCS we work with Coach Estep and the high school football team, Coach Simmons’ baseball team performs in-season training, plus men’s lax, middle school softball & have trained Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Men’s & Women’s soccer among others.
Providence just finished up with 60+ Women’s Lax & Soccer athletes. We just began high school football with Coach Hardin three weeks ago and have 40 athletes participated plus we just started a South Charlotte Youth program at Providence. At Hickory Ridge we just finished up High School softball along with a middle school group and have approximately 20 athletes in the High School football group.”
“Our football teams went a combined 30-8. CCS 10-1 NCISAA D1 State Champs; Providence 10-4; 3rd Round NCHSAA 4A State playoffs (first 10 win season in over a decade; lost to eventual state champ Mallard Creek); Hickory Ridge 10-3; 2nd Round 3A State playoffs; 2nd 10 win season in last 3 years- only 10 win seasons in school history.)”
What are your plans for programming this spring and summer?
“We have lots of plays for Spring & Summer programs at our three partners plus 50/50 Speed Camps already planned at Cox Mill, Cuthbertson & NW Cabarrus to name a few. Our 50/50 camps we split half of the revenue directly with the school/program.That is right, we gave back over $6900 in 2014.”
“Additionally we run eight week spring and summer programs open to all athletes. We have programs currently running on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesday’s & Thursday’s with more programs beginning in March & April. Check out mccluresports.com/training for all training programs.”
Describe your style of training kids?
“Extremely prepared with high energy to help encourage kids to reach their God given athletic potential.”
What makes you the happiest when working with kids?
“Personally, it is using training as an avenue to bring kids closer to God. For the athletes, seeing their Success On & off the court. In training & preparation, success not always overnight. “You cannot cheat the grind,” so to speak. To be able to see kids work their tails off to reach a goal, then accomplishing that goal and using the positive success to push them further spiritually, socially, mentally & physically.
Do you do any work with college or pro athletes?
“Currently i work with a few college and pro athletes. Former JCSU student-athletes and a current CFL player. We wanted to build our business around youth, but have big plans to expand into college & pro with the addition of an XPE shred mill in the next 2 years.”
How does training a middle school student compare to a high school student?
“Good question, due to physical and mental differences, the middle school program does not include as much resistance training (vertimax, sleds, hip power cords, change of direction cords) as the HS program. Additionally, the atmosphere is much more loose and focused on helping kid’s develop a passion for training, health & fitness.”
How does someone reach you to learn more?
What separates McClure Sports training methodology from all other training programs?
“McClure Sports is the only NC trainer licensed to use the XPE Sports training methodology. XPE Sports program, developed by Tony Villani. Tony has produced 24 1st Round NFL Draft picks since 2004 and countless other professional & college athletes. Just last week at the NFL Combine, in the 40yd sprint XPE Sports had the #1 OLB, #1 ILB, #1 RB, #2 WR (who won $100k from Adidas), and #3 CB & Safety.
The 15 athletes XPE Sports sent to Indy combined for a total of 47 top performer awards.”
“We believe Training programs must be judged on RESULTS NOT MARKETING and we all want our children to have the best, right? We ask parents to please do the research for their kids to understand the years of research, data and numbers that go into your child’s spiritual, mental & physical development. They are your kids, aren’t they worth it?”