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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.


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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.


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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.