The Champions Sports Performance Staff is certified to provide your athletes with the best possible training for speed, strength, and agility while keeping them safe by utilizing evidence-based injury resiliency methods of training.


Logan Sandate

Program Director

  • Grew up in Charlotte, NC

  • B.S. Athletic Training – Catawba College

  • Team Captain of Catawba College Women’s Soccer

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

  • Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

  • Enjoys teaching the importance of the biomechanics of speed and empowering youth and adult athletes


Evan O'Connor

Senior Performance Coach

  • Longest running Champions employee – since 2014

  • Set 7 NC Junior Powerlifting State Records, among them a 470 lb Squat and a 490 lb Deadlift weighing in at 190 lbs

  • Coaching specialties include strength training for explosive power, change of direction, functional mobility, and entry-level MMA striking

  • Enjoys studying film, training in mixed martial arts, and spending time with friends and family

  • “If your dream doesn’t scare you, then it’s not big enough. So dream as big as you dare”


Sierra Simpson

Senior Performance Coach

  • B.S Kinesiology – Anderson University

  • Team Captain of Anderson University Women’s Basketball

  • College Strength Coach for 5 Years

  • CEO of Dream Factory Performance Training, specializing in basketball-specific skills training

  • Enjoys teaching athletes how to achieve their performance goals by developing them both mentally and physically


Jon Rogers

Personal Trainer & Dry Land Swim Specialist

  • B.A – University of Illinois at Chicago

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Surge Strength Dryland Certified Coach

  • Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach

  • Over 10 years as a Fitness and Sports Performance Professional

  • Originally from Chicago and moved to Charlotte in 2016


Santonio Thompson Jr

Performance Coach

  • 2010 4A State Champion, Mooresville NC

  • 2012 Junior World Team Qualifier

  • 2013 Senior World Team Qualifier

  • 4 Time Greco Roman All American

  • Bachelors in Sports Management - Belmont Abbey

  • 2017-2018 Interim Assistant Wrestling Coach - Belmont Abbey

Caleb Dirks

Baseball Instructor (Pitching & Hitting)

Nick Cici

Baseball Instructor (Catching & Hitting)