Dick Storie


Bachelor of Education, Human Performance, University of Toledo
Master of Arts, Exercise Physiology, Adelphi University
Certificate of Completion, NATA ATEP Program

Phone: (615) 453-6356
Email: rstorie@cumberland.edu


Dick Storie began at Cumberland University in 2011 as an adjunct and was appointed a full time faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance in 2012. He is the founder of Sport Diagnostics, an injury prevention, performance enhancement and consulting firm that he operated for eleven years prior to his appointment at Cumberland. For over 30 years, he has worked with amateur and professional athletes including Lance Armstrong, Dakota Hodgson, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Buffalo Bills.

Dick worked for several years with Dr. Roger Kruse, Team Physician for several US Olympic Teams, and has served on two US Olympic Committees addressing High Performance Athletics. Dick is currently the Tennessee High Performance Representative for USA Swimming, and Exercise Physiology Consultant to the Nashville Predators. He is a former faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the UT Fitness & Performance Center.

Early in his career, Dick held various clinical positions in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary research, and worksite health promotion. These experiences led him to start-up and administrator opportunities with three highly acclaimed Medical Fitness Centers in the Southeast. Dick has served on various committees and boards in the industry, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) National Committee on Certification and Education Chair for the Medical Fitness Association. He has been certified by ACSM as a Health/Fitness Director, Exercise Specialist and Exercise Test Technologist, and has served as Director and Examiner at several ACSM certification workshops.


First ever co-recipient of the National Apple Achievement Award as a pioneer in the development of successful Medical Fitness Centers, awarded by Modern Healthcare.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Storie, R.; Wygand, J.; Otto, R.: Metabolic and Perceptual Responses to Walking and
Running at 99-134 Meters/Minute. Abstract, Med. Sci. Sports Ex. 20:122, 1988.

Coad, D.; Storie, R.; Perez, H.R.; Wygand, J.W.; The Energy Costs of Treadmill v. Hydro Exercise, Abstract, Med. Sci. Sports Ex. 19:2, 1987


“Making it on Your Own: The For-Profit Business Model”, Medical Fitness Association National Conference, 1997

“Exercise: Diabetes Wonder Drug”, Keynote, Ohio Diabetes Nurses Association, 1994

“Metabolic and Perceptual Responses to Walking and Running at 99-134 Meters/Minute”, ACSM National Meeting, Dallas, TX, 1988


Hocoma Lokomat & Armeo – Certified User & Technician

Certificate for Advanced Technology in Neurorehabilitation

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Director

ACSM Exercise Specialist and Exercise Test Technologist

Additional Info:

Whether in the classroom, coaching one of my son's sports teams or managing a hospital wellness center, I have always loved to teach others. It is often stated that those who can't, teach. There is nothing further from the truth. In the field of Sport and Exercise Science, the truth is usually the last thing you will hear from most self-professed fitness experts. As a professional, I have a responsibility to be truthful, whether that truth is popular or not. Being a true professional is not a popularity contest. The only way to be a successful teacher is to remain cognizant of new methodologies and applications that are confirmed through empirical, peer-reviewed research. Good teachers spend more time learning than they do teaching. Those who can do indeed, teach!

I am blessed with my wife, Bo and our teenage son, Bryson. As a family, we enjoy camping, fly fishing and  water sports. My life is a success, as I define it. I encourage each of my fellow colleagues and students to find your passion, define success on your own terms, and to live to the fullest the life you have chosen.