Coach Simone Terry, founder of Power Forward Athletics is a fitness and track and field coach who drives, directs, and expects results. She has made it her mission to be a part of breaking barriers for female coaches. Though she believes she has so much more to learn and accomplish as a coach in the sport she is not sitting around waiting for this to happen. She is actively involved in USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Coaching Education which is a 3 level program to enhance coaching skills and knowledge. She has completed Level 1, Level 2 Combined Events, Sprints, Hurdles and Relays, and Level 3 in conjunction with her International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Level V, in youth and sprints. This is the highest attainable acknowledgment of education worldwide in the sport of track and field. She is also noted as a USATF Skills Coach in the Jumps and Sprints, and a USATF Level 1 Instructor. She has also received her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Program Manager, and Combined events Specialist through the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. (USTFCCCA).
Coach Terry is the current Assitant Coach for Ottawa Univerity where she serves as Sprints, Jumps, and Combined Events events which allowed her to coach a national qualifying athlete. She previously served as the Men's Chairperson, Masters Chairperson, and the Vice President of Operations for the USATF AZ Association. She is also the USATF West Region Representative, which supports 8 associations including Arizona, Hawaii, Central California, New Mexico, Pacific California, Nevada, San Diego Imperial, and Southern California. She has served as the Women’s & Men’s Head Coach of Centennial High School and Chaparral High School. In the last four years under her leadership from 2016-2019 she had over 100 qualifiers who competed at the AIA Division 1 & 2 State Championship Meet and over the last two years, she had 27 athletes finish in the top 10. She personally coached 30 qualifiers to the elite Nike Arcadia Meetin over the past 4 years and had multiple athletes move on to compete at the Div. 1 collegiate level.
Coach Terry has also been proud to be a part of coaching athletes to the podium at the USATF National Junior Olympic meet and in 2019 she had 11 athletes qualify at the national level and left with an All-American Hepatathlete in the 15-16 division. In 2018 she had 8 athletes qualify and left with a triple All-American (High Jump, Long Jump, and Pentathlon) and a national title holder in the Long Jump.
Coach Terry now looks to continue to develop her skills as a coach. She will actively contribute to the growth of athletes and athletic programs she serves with knowledge in Sports Conditioning, Strategic Season Training through Periodization, Meet and Practice Organization, Sports Psychology, Physiology and Bio-Mechanics, Individualized Athlete Structuration, and Business Management led with integrity.