Tim Dempsey


Director of Athletic Fitness

Tim came to the Riekes Center in 2005.   He is one of the few trainers on the West Coast that has earned credentialing from both the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) in Lincoln, Nebraska and the world renowned Prague (Czech Republic) Institute of Rehabilitation, where Tim obtained his Dynamic Nueromuscular Stabilization (DNS) certificate.  Tim uses PRI and DNS techniques extensively in his work with local high school, college, professional and Olympic level athletes, as well as with referrals from local hospitals and adults seeking relief from chronic pain. With his background in social work, Tim has the unique ability to engage with clients to provide the best results possible.

Tim’s’ training expertise is also sought outside of the Riekes Center, both in English and Spanish. He has been the featured trainer for the training tip of the week on the Cal High Sports Bay Area television show the past several years; presented at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2012 and 2013; and he  returns to Mexico several times a year to train high school, college and professional teams, and conduct clinics for university physical therapy and athletic departments as well as private organizations.

Tim is in the unique position of having been a coach and athlete at the high school, college, and master’s level, and also as a parent. His oldest daughter, Rosario was a high school swimmer and cross country runner, and his youngest daughter, Becky is active in the youth sports scene.

Coaching experience prior to Riekes Center:

  • 2000-2005 AXIS Performance Center, Menlo Park, CA- Master Trainer and Team Leader
  • 2001 to 2003 Menlo College- Head Cross Country and Track Coach
  • 1999 to 2000 Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach- Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2000- Strength Coach- Mexican Junior National Basketball Team
  • 1995 to 1999 Track Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach- Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico

Certificates and Credentials:

  • Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) - Postural Restoration Institute
  • Certified Exercise Trainer of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) - Prague (Czech Republic) Institute of Rehabilitation
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) –National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer- National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist- National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Level 1 Coach- USA Track and Field
  • Club Coach- USA Weightlifting
  • Level 3 Coach- Athletic Republic
  • Level 1 SICCED- Sistema de Capacitacion para Entrenadores Deportivas- Mexican National Coaching System

Athletic Experience

  • Age Group- competitive soccer, Tennis, Swimming
  • Peoria High School- Soccer Captain, MVP, and All Conference Track Honor Roll 4x800 relay
  • Marycrest College- starter on soccer team, middle distance track, student athletic trainer
  • St. Ambrose University-Cross Country MVP and Track team captain, student athletic trainer
  • Masters- previously nationally ranked in middle distance track
  • Recreational-basketball, swimming, cycling, running, soccer