Our Coaches

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Dawson Darnell

Director Of Fitness


Strength Coach and Personal Trainer for 12 years

4 years of experience as Personal Training/Gym Manager

Led Corporate Wellness Programs among Military, Fire, Police, Financial Services, and CEMC Power Company with concentrations in Injury Prevention, Body Transformation, and Nutrition Counseling

Health Coach for Corporation using Motivational Interviewing for 2 years

Previous High School Strength and Conditioning Coach for Wrestling and Baseball Athletes

Selected Trainer for Emory’s Wounded Warrior Program in Atlanta, GA


  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Austin Peay State University

  • Master of Science in Health and Human Performance with emphasis in Health and Wellness Leadership


  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

  • PTA Global Behavior Change in Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer

  • Functional Movement Screen, Level I and II

  • Burgener Strength Weightlifting Coach, Level

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Eyan Pope


Born and raised right here in Clarksville, TN., Eyan began his athletic career at age 7 with football, 4 years high school (All-District Linebacker as a senior), 1 year high school wrestling, 4 years college football at NCAA DII level as a linebacker and defensive end, and 3 years collegiate cheerleading. Eyan realized his passion for fitness and performance early in high school and after his athletic career ended, he realized he had an opportunity to bring elite athletic performance and strength training to the city of Clarksville. It is his goal to not only develop top-tier athletes in his hometown but to help athletes develop healthy fitness and lifestyle habits that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Eyan aims for his athletes to develop the confidence they need to achieve any athletic, fitness, or health goal they dream of.



  • Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science & Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health & Fitness Leadership from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY
  • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified Coach
  • Coaching fitness & athletic performance in all age groups for 6+ years
  • University of South Alabama Football Strength & Conditioning
  • CrossFit Rugrats (fitness specialized towards youth)
  • Owensboro CrossFit (fitness specialized towards all age groups from youth to adult)
  • Coaching fitness & athletic performance in all age groups for 6+ years
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Josh Toney

Fitness Coach




  • USA Weightlifting Coach 

  • Nationally Qualified Competitive Powerlifter 

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength History 
  • Totaled 1316 pounds in a USAPL powerlifting meet where he:
    • squatted 468 lbs
    • bench pressed 320 lbs
    • deadlifted 529 lbs
Volleyball Coach Jen Garinger

Jen Garinger

Volleyball Director

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Jen Garinger has exhaustive experience in volleyball. She first came to Clarksville with her family in 2006, by way of Ft. Campbell. Since then, she has spent much of her time coaching high school and club volleyball in the Clarksville area, where her teams competed in district and regional championships. Jen was twice named District 10AAA Coach of the Year, in 2012 & 2013. Coach Garinger hopes to continually grow Clarksville’s commitment to excellent volleyball through her expert guidance at Acme Athletics.



  • Various Adult indoor and sand tournaments (2000-present)
  • USAV, Adult Nationals (Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, & Phoenix)
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette (1996-97)
  • Scottsdale Community College (1994-95)
  • Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club (1990-94)
  • Central High School (1990-93)


  • Art of Coaching Volleyball Member  (December 2015 – Present)
  • CrossFit Trainer – Level 2 (Certified February 2015)
  • CF Kids (Certified 2012)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Club (2015 – Present)
  • Clarksville Volleyball Youth League, Clinics & Camps (2012 – Present)
  • Davidson Academy, Lady Pumas (2014-15)
  • Pat Powers Camp, Assistant Coach (2014)
  • Club West VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2012-14)
  • Kerri Walsh-Jennings Camp, Volunteer Coach (2013)
  • Alliance VBC, Clarksville Club Director (2009-12)
  • Rossview High School, Head Volleyball Coach (2006-07 & 2011-13)
  • Club Red 15U (AZ), Assistant Coach (2007-08)
  • AZ Sky 15U, Assistant Coach (2009-10)
  • AZ Sky VBC, Club Director (2005-06)
  • Mid South Volleyball Academy 18U, Head Coach (2006)
  • NJCAA DII Championship, Site Director (2005)
  • FAVA VBC (NC), Volunteer Coach (2005)
  • Scottsdale Community College, Assistant Coach (2003-05)
  • Arizona Juniors VBC 12U, Head Coach & Tournament Director (2002-04)
  • Rocky Mountain VBC, Director & Head Coach (1999-02)
Ted Young Basketball Coach in Clarksville TN

KJ Storz

Softball Coach

Originally from Salem, WI, Coach KJ Storz comes to Acme Athletics with several years of both playing and coaching experience. She played college softball for the University of West Alabama (UWA) from 1997-2001. Then while completing her Masters Degree in Physical Education she was the pitching and outfield coach for UWA. She then moved to Elon, NC where she was the Assistant Coach for Division 1 Elon University. There she worked with pitchers, catchers, slappers and outfield. After spending 10 year coaching college softball she moved to Clarksville in 2009 and became the head coach of the West Creek High School softball team. Coach Kj is currently a PE teacher at Carmel Elementary and continues her passion and love for the game and teaching young athletes by coaching at Clarksville National Softball League. She is excited to work with Acme Athletics to continue to grow softball athletes.



  • Westosha Central High School (CHS) – 1993-1997
  • University of West Alabama – 1997-2001
  • 4 Year letter winner at UWA
  • Inducted into CHS Athletic Hall of Fame – 2017
  • Assistant Softball Coach/Pitching Coach at the University of West Alabama – 2001-2004
  • Assistant Softball Coach Pitching, Slapping, Outfield Elon University 2004-2009
  • Head Softball Coach West Creek High School 2009-2011
  • Clarksville Nationals Coach 2016-2019
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Shelby Gibson

Volleyball Coach

A Clarksville native that is very passionate about all sports. She graduated from Clarksville High School in 2019, where she played softball and volleyball. Shelby is attending college at Austin Peay State University and completing a major in mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Education. She is an assistant middle school softball coach at Richview and is also a volleyball coach here at ACME. Shelby Gibson is ready to help children grow in their physical skills and improve their athletic abilities.



  • Clarksville HS varsity softball (2016-2019)
  • 4 Year letter winner at CHS
  • Clarksville HS varsity volleyball (2017-2018)
  • Assistant Softball Coach at Richview Middle School
  • Head Coach of a 14U Travel Softball Team (2019)
  • Assistant Volleyball Coach at ACME Athletics
  • Private Instructor (2019-Present)