About Colleen Gulick

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            ACADEMICS &
            CERTIFICATIONS

 

-PhD (ABD) Exercise Physiology- University of Otago, New Zealand

-M.S. Exercise Physiology- California State

  University, Fullerton

-B.S. Bioengineering- University of Maryland

-EIT Mechanical Engineering

-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  (C.S.C.S)

-Certified Speed and Agility Specialist (C.S.A.S)

-Functional Movement Screen Certified (FMS)

-CPR Certified 

-Certified Phlebotomist (New Zealand)

 

-2012 Glamour Magazine Top Ten College Women Award

 

 

            FIELD HOCKEY

 

PLAYING:

-2x D1 National Field Hockey Champion    

         (University of Maryland)

-2x D1 ACC Field Hockey Champion

         (University of Maryland)

-2009-2013 Four Year Starter for D1

         NCAA University of Maryland Field  

         Hockey Team

-2013 University of Maryland Student-Athlete

         Award Winner

-2011 NFHCA All-American

-2011 D1 National Leader in Defensive Saves

-2x National High Performance Selected Athlete

-2007 AAU Junior Olympic Gold Medalist

-2005-2009 The Hill School All-Time Scoring

        Record Holder (101 Points)

-6x Field Hockey National Gold Medalist (X-

        Calibur Field Hockey Club)

 

COACHING:

-2013 The Hill School Varsity Assistant Coach

          (MAPL League Champions)

-Spring 2013- FreedomHKY Field Hockey Club           Coach (Crofton, MD)

-2011-2013 USA Field Hockey National                       Futures Program Coach 

          (College Park, MD)

-2010-2011 Eastern Field Hockey Camp        

          Coach (Pottstown, PA)

 

OFFICIATING:

-2012-2017 Umpire at The Training Center

          (Pottstown, PA)

            CYCLING

 

-Pan American Track Championship- Silver              medalist (madison event)

-Track Cycling World Cup- 11th

-Red Hook Criterium, Brooklyn- 1st

-5x National Track Champion

          (Keirin, Points Race, Scratch, 500m,              Team Sprint)

-2x National Record Holder

-47x National Medalist

-3x VPCC Pro Women Rider of the Year

-6x Pennsylvania Best All-Around Rider

-2016- World Cycling League PA Lightening 1st

-2014- Amgen Tour of California- 11th

-2013- UCI Class 1 Los Angeles Grand Prix

          Pro Women's International

          Track Omnium- 8th

-2012- USA Crit Series U25 Champion

-2012- USA Crit Series Pro Women 2nd Place

-145 wins and 353 podiums in the past 10 years of an 18 year career

After 14 years in the sports of field hockey and cycling it's not hard to believe that I have an incredible passion for athletics.  In the sport of field hockey I worked my way up from a local Pennsylvanian youth league (PMYC) through USA Field Hockey's Futures Elite Program, AAU Junior Olympics, and 6 years of both indoor and outdoor club field hockey (X-Calibur Club).  When I attended a private boarding school for high school, The Hill School, I set their All-Time Scoring Record with 101 points.  I was recruited by the top 20 division 1 NCAA field hockey programs in the country.  I chose to attend the University of Maryland on scholarship and began the first of my four years as a starting midfielder and defender for the number one program in the nation.  All in all, I had an exciting, rewarding, and enjoyable college career (see a few accolades below).   

 

Being the helpless sport addict that I am I could not stay away from field hockey for long.  Only 3 months after graduating college I was back on the pitch.  However, this time I took on a much different role as the assistant coach of The Hill School's Varsity field hockey team.  I was surprised how much I absolutely adored my new position, especially since it was on the sidelines.  I have always prided myself on my ability to break down a skill and teach it to others (drive, slap shot, drag flick, areal, stick stop, etc).  I thoroughly enjoyed putting these skills to use and helping a team of 18 wonderful high school girls develop their game.  The girls were quick learners and won their first league championship in five years.  I would love to continue to help players improve everything from specific skills to field vision and fitness in order to reach their potential.

 

My cycling career also began as a young weeble wobble with training wheels.  Happily, I was able to advance past the training wheel stage.  With the help of a local community program (Air Products) in Trexlertown, PA, I learned the basics of racing and training.  From there I transitioned to a high level junior development team (Salamander Racing).  Before entering college I had already amassed three national titles, two national records, and established myself as a promising young rider.  Throughout college I had continued to pursue my career as a cyclist on the side, often riding after 4 hour field hockey practices or 6 mile runs.  Thus, when I graduated in 2013 I decided to pursue cycling full time.  Since then, I have raced in 8 countries, earned a Red Hook Championship win (Brooklyn), and earned three VPCC Pro Women Rider of the Year titles.  I have represented the USA at a World Cup and Pan American Track Cycling Championship, where I earned a silver medal in the madison event.  In 2017, I created the Pickle Juice Pro Cycling Team, an international women's team that I continue to race for and manage.  Since 2017, the team has been comprised of some of the best female track, road and fixed gear criterium riders in the world.  We raced 222 races, earning 184 podiums and 109 wins.  We give back to the sport by way of promoting a yearly downtown criterium and running a cycling mentor program for young women.    I am currently working towards my goal of representing the United States in a World Cup competition and transitioning to more of an international rider.  I am thoroughly enjoying the continual challenges that accompany racing and managing a team.  I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others.

 

In August of 2015 I relocated to Fullerton, California to earn my masters degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Fullerton.  While there I worked with professional MMA fighters on performance enhancement research.  I was also employed by USA Volleyball and worked with all USA Beach Volleyball national team athletes to design their strength & conditioning programs leading up to the Rio Olympic Games.  After California, I moved to Dunedin, New Zealand for 2.5 years to pursue my PhD in exercise physiology.  My research has focused on the interplay between exercise, dietary protein and a hormone called insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).  I am currently scheduled to defend my thesis on November 20, 2020. I have recently moved back East to complete my degree, for work, and the comforts of home.   

 

If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask via the contact form on the home page.  I look forward to working with any future field hockey, cycling, or strength and conditioning athletes.  See you soon on the pitch, road, track, or gym...

 

 

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