CESA Athletic Performance Mission and Staff




Mission Statement:

Develop and Implement an athletic performance program for CESA athletes that will enhance the wellbeing of an athlete through strength and conditioning, injury prevention, rehabilitation, nutrition, and educational programming.


Meet the Staff

Jeff Haigler, NSCA-CSCS  - EMail Jeff
(864) 329-1113

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Jeff is the Director of Athletic Performance at Carolina Elite Soccer Academy.  In 2006, Haigler completed his Bachelor degree with Honors in Biology at Presbyterian College.  While studying at P.C., Haigler competed on the Men's soccer team where he earned All-Academic and All-Conference honors as well as team captain.  In 2008, Haigler was named Assistant Director for the Darlington School  Soccer Academy in Rome, Georgia.  During his first year, Jeff founded and Directed the PEBA Strength and Conditioning Program at Darlington School.  In 2010, Jeff furthered his education, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the highly accredited National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).  He also holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" coaching license as well as a Premier Diploma through the National Coaches Association of America. Since then, Haigler has worked with athletes across many sports from youth to professional level players.  In 2012, Haigler worked with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer focusing on injury prevention, energy system development, wellness, and nutrition.  In 2013, Haigler worked with several Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League through the offseason utilizing corrective exercise, strength programs, and energy system development.  Jeff now lives with his wife, Olivia, who is a middle school teacher in Greenville.  Jeff will work closely with the CESA directors, coaches and athletic trainers to develop and implement programs and protocols into CESA in the areas of ESD, injury prevention, nutrition and mental training. 

Courtney Upshaw, a native of Lima, Ohio, is a Certified Athletic Trainer (A.T.C.).  In 2008, she completed her bachelor degree in Athletic Training/Clinical Management at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Upon her curriculum completion at BGSU, she furthered her education by attending Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While receiving her master of science at Winthrop, Courtney served as the Graduated Assistant Athletic Trainer for the university’s women volleyball team and the men/women tennis team. In 2012, she accepted the opportunity to join the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System team in Greenville, SC, where she currently serves as the Certified Athletic Trainer for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy. Courtney is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association as well the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association. In 2015 Courtney received her certification in Sports Condition from the American Council on Exercise. Courtney is now pursuing her license in Massage Therapy, pending her completion of the program in spring 2015.

*Random fun fact for Courtney: loves Peanut M&Ms

Sasha Robinson, a native of South Carolina, chose to stay in state and attend Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. In 2011 she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, and the following year received her certification from the National Board of Certification. Currently she is a member of the National Athletic Training Association, South Carolina Athletic Training Association, and the Bon Secours St. Francis Sports Medicine team where her primary site is Carolina Elite Soccer Academy. On a daily basis Sasha provides immediate care for sports related injuries during practices and games, and refers athletes for further medical attention when necessary. At this time Sasha has decided to expand her knowledge in the medical field by pursing a license in Massage Therapy, in which she will complete in spring 2015.

*Random fun fact for Sasha: Loves Potato Chips 

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