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Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein
Director of the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery

Dan Bornstein

Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein, Director of the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance in the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Bornstein began working at The Citadel in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Bornstein founded and was C.E.O. of two fitness companies based in Tucson, AZ, which focused on individual-level health and human performance for wide variety of populations including elite sport and military athletes. Dr. Bornstein’s Ph.D. and current research agenda is on effective strategies for increasing population-levels of physical activity in order to improve the fitness, health and security of our nation.

Dr. Bornstein has published extensively and presents regularly at national and international conferences in the areas of physical activity and public health including: physical activity monitoring, physical activity communication, physical activity policy, and physical activity messaging. Currently, Dr. Bornstein is leading a series of research studies investigating the impacts of physical inactivity and low physical fitness on military readiness and national security. Dr. Bornstein’s research has been featured in over 130 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, Newsweek, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio. Based on his research, Dr. Bornstein has provided numerous briefings to senior military personnel and lawmakers, including briefings at The Pentagon and Capitol Hill.

In addition to his research, Dr. Bornstein has held national leadership positions in the physical activity and public health field including: Project Coordinator for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan from 2009-2014, and Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section from 2015-2016. Dr. Bornstein currently serves on several national committees including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Committee on Physical Activity Communications, the American Heart Association’s Expert Advisory Group on Physical Education and Physical Activity Policy in Schools, and he’s currently Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan’s Communications Committee. Locally, Dr. Bornstein is a member of the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Committee for the City of Charleston, and he is Chair of The Citadel’s Fitness Pillar.

Related stories:

The Citadel Today: Renowned Citadel health scientist leading new military sector for National Physical Activity Plan (Nov 20, 2020)

Our Mighty Citadel: More Than Fitness (Jan 30, 2019)

The Citadel Today: Citadel expands programs to improve physical readiness of military recruits and first responders (Sep 13, 2019)

The Citadel Today, as seen in Newsweek: U.S. Army aims for tougher fitness standards despite amount of overweight recruits (Jan 1, 2019)

JPHMP Direct: A Lesson in Gaining Buy-In from Policy Makers: An Author Q&A with Dr. Daniel Bornstein (May 31, 2018)

Mr. Donnell Boucher, M.S.
Director of Community Engagement and Facilities

Donnell Boucher

Mr. Donnell Boucher, M.S. is uniquely qualified to serve as Director of Community Engagement and Facilities for the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery (CPR3) given his vast experience as an elite strength and conditioning coach of sport and tactical athletes, and his administrative experience in collegiate athletics.  Mr. Boucher leads the CPR3’s efforts to develop and maintain relationships with internship locations for students enrolled in The Citadel’s Tactical Academic Programs.  Additionally, Mr. Boucher is responsible for developing programs and services that improve the performance, readiness, resiliency, and recovery of communities of tactical athletes near and far.  Finally, Mr. Boucher ensures the CPR3 optimizes its facilities to support its academic, community engagement, and research programs. 

Mr. Boucher is in his twelfth year at The Citadel and eleventh as head strength and conditioning coach. In 2013, he was elevated to the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning, and 2018 became the Liaison to The Citadel’s Commandant’s Department.  “Coach D” came to The Citadel as a graduate assistant in May 2007. Over the next six years, he was promoted three times to assistant director, director and assistant athletic director while establishing a consistent track record for recruiting and placing capable assistants and interns. Those working under Boucher have gone on to work at Arkansas State, Baylor, Clemson, College of Charleston, Florida International, Kennesaw State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Northwestern and Utah State.

While overseeing the performance training for the entire Citadel Athletics Department, Boucher has worked directly with the Bulldog football and baseball programs. Under his direction, several Citadel athletes have been drafted into the professional ranks, most notably football players Andre Roberts and Cortez Allen, as well as the highest draft pick in the history of the school, baseball’s Asher Wojciechowski (2010, 1st round, 41st pick, Toronto).  Well-respected in his field, Boucher has been published by various media outlets and has become a regular presenter at industry clinics across the nation.

Boucher earned a bachelor’s degree in health education from Worcester State in 2005 where he was a four-year letterman in football. In 2010, he completed his first master’s degree in health, exercise and sport science and in 2015 he completed a second master’s degree in social science with a focus in leadership. Both graduate degrees are from The Citadel Graduate College.

Boucher’s professional certifications include the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) as well as the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association’s (CSCCA) strength and conditioning coach certified (SCCC). He is also a certified CPR/BLS Health Care Provider(+AED).

Boucher is married to the former Victoria Wayson.

Related stories:

Our Mighty Citadel: Comfort Bears No Fruit (Jan 30, 2019)

Dr. Chris Bellon, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.
Director of Tactical Academic Programs

Chris Bellon

Dr. Chris Bellon joined the CPR3’s leadership team in 2019 as its Director of Tactical Academic Programs. As Director of Tactical Academic Programs Dr. Bellon is responsible for the implementation, evaluation, and continued quality improvement of The Citadel’s residential and online tactical academic programs focused on developing professional tactical strength and conditioning coaches, including hands-on experiences for coaching tactical athletes.  In addition to his leadership role within the CPR3, Dr. Bellon is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in The Citadel’s Department of Health and Human Performance. In this role, he teaches a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the areas of applied anatomy, exercise physiology, coaching, and strength and conditioning, and oversees practicum and internship courses.

Prior to arriving at The Citadel, Dr. Bellon was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Director of Sports Performance at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.  In those roles, Dr. Bellon successfully led academic degree programs that developed professional strength and conditioning coaches by uniting the academic principles of athlete development with the hands-on, practical aspects of strength and conditioning coaching. 

Dr. Bellon earned his doctoral degree in Sport Physiology and Performance from East Tennessee State University, where his academic endeavors focused on the enhancement of sprint acceleration in team sport athletes. During his tenure at ETSU, Dr. Bellon served as an Associate Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist for the university’s Olympic Training Site, working with a variety of athlete populations, ranging from international-level bobsledders to Division I women’s basketball players. Dr. Bellon currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Grace, and daughter, Imogene. 

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