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Golden Flashes Coaching Staff

Bob Lemieux

Director of Strength & Conditioning


Bob Lemieux is in his 10th year with the Strength and Conditioning program at Kent State.  In August of 2009 he was promoted to Director of Strength and Conditioning and oversees the year-round strength and conditioning of all 18 varsity teams. He directly works with men's and women's basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball and both men's and women's wolf programs.  He has played a role in winning 34 MAC Championships over the last nine years.


Lemieux received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University in exercise science and is pursuing a master' degree in nutrition. He is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW) and the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as a Golf Fitness Instructor.


He is married to former Kent State women's basketball player Alison Drews ('99).  They live in Twinsburg, Ohio with their two sons, Bobby (3) and Ryan (6 months).







Antoine Sharp

Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach


  Antoine Sharp begins his first season on the Kent State staff in 2013 as head football strength and conditioning coach.


Sharp comes to Kent State after spending the past five seasons at the University of Arkansas as the coordinator for strength and conditioning for football.  While at Arkansas, Sharp helped the Razorback Football Team advance to the Liberty Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and the Cotton Bowl.  In 2011, after defeating Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, the Razorbacks finished No. 5 in the final AP poll, the school’s highest ranking since 1977.


Prior to Arkansas, Sharp was a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville where he was hired as a full time assistant from 2007-08.  Sharp helped the Cardinals advance to their first BCS game as they became Orange Bowl champions.


Sharp received his B.S. in sports administration from the University of Louisville in 2005.  He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).  He also holds Sports Performance Coach Certification through U.S.A. Weight Lifting(USAW).


Sharp played wide receiver with the University of Florida Gators(2001-03) before transferring to Louisville where he played defensive back from 2003-05.  He was a member of teams advancing the Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Gator Bowl.  Sharp is a Jacksonville, Fla. native where he graduated from The Bolles School in 2001.


Prominent Professional Players Coached:

  • Amobi Okoye
  • Mike Bush
  • Kolby Smith
  • William Gay
  • Harry Douglas
  • Brian Brohm
  • Eric Wood
  • Breno Giacomini
  • Johnny Patrick
  • Anthony Allen
  • Ryan Mallett
  • Ray Dominguez
  • Mitch Petrus
  • D.J. Williams
  • Jarius Wright
  • Joe Adams
  • Greg Childs
  • Chris Gragg

Rhen Vail B.S., USAW, NASE, CSCCa
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Rhen Vail begins his first year as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Kent State.  Prior to being promoted, Rhen served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Golden Flashes where he earned a Masters degree in Sport and Recreation Management.  Vail oversees the year round strength and conditioning programs for Baseball, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Track, while assisting with Football.

Vail received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in exercise science where he served as a student intern with the Buckeye Football Strength and Conditioning Staff for three seasons.  Upon completion of his degree, Vail completed a six month internship with Athletes Performance in Los Angeles working closely with a wide variety of world class athletes.  He is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).  Vail is originally from Lucas, Ohio.


Justin VanDuesen

Graduate Assistant- Strength & Conditioning



Justin VanDusen, begins his first year as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach under Director of Strength and Conditioning Bob Lemieux and his primary responsibility will be Gymnastics while assisting with all other varsity sports teams. 

VanDusen is entering his second semester with Kent State Athletics.  A fall 2012 Graduate of Kent State, VanDusen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  He completed a 200 hour internship with Kent States Strength and Conditioning Department under Coach Bob Lemieux helping out with Men’s and Women’s basketball and strength and conditioning sessions and returned this past fall semester as a volunteer intern in the MAC Center working directly with including, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Wrestling, and Gymnastics. 

Justin was a two sport athlete in high school at Coshocton High School(2007), Lettering 4 years in Track and 3 years in Football.



Mary Carlson

Graduate Assistant- Strength & Condidtioning



Mary Carlson is a graduate assistant at Kent State University.  She is from Kenny Lake, Alaska where she grew up playing Ice hockey, volleyball, basketball, and softball.  She is a former athlete and graduate of Syracuse University.  While at Syracuse, Carlson received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science, and assisted in coaching the women’s rowing team.

Carlson is working toward her master's degree in Sport and Recreational Management, while working specifically with Golf; she also assists with volleyball, wrestling, men's and women's basketball, track, and gymnastics.

Carlson’s previous experience includes: interning at Boston College in 2011 working with men’s and women’s ice hockey, soccer, baseball, and basketball.  In 2012 She interned with Mike Boyle in Woburn, Massachusetts this past Fall Carlson completed an internship at Harvard University and worked as an exercise specialist at the Harvard Business School.