The Sports Performance Enhancement coaches of TOPS are the Strength & Conditioning Coaches for Cape Fear Community College’s Sea Devils Athletics Department. Jeff Smith is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ryan Gillespie is the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Chris Harper, the Fitness Director of TOPS, is an Assistant Coach for the Sea Devils Men’s Soccer Team.


TOPS Athletics sponsors University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) Athletics & Academics. The Owner/GM of TOPS, Jeff Smith, MS, received his BS in Finance from UNCW in 2000, and he currently teaches in the Exercise Science Department of UNCW’s College of Health & Human Services (CHHS). Ryan Gillespie, MS, the Wellness Director of TOPS, is also a teacher in UNCW’s Exercise Science Department.


TOPS Athletics is also an Academic Partner to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM. We are a Host Facility for NASM’s Associate Personal Trainer Program. We provide future Fitness Professionals with observational opportunities and hands-on practical learning experiences. The empowers us to impact the future of the field of Health & Fitness Professionals, which aligns with our missing to change the landscape of how Professional Health & Fitness Services are delivered

Our gold standard is utilized for a variety of academic partners to assist in both local and national efforts, emphasizing the power and impact, involvement in sports and fitness can have on your life.