Performance Training, Inc. (PTI) is a leading health and fitness company founded by Jackie Ansley in 1995. PTI provides results-driven programs, management, consulting, and health and wellness programs to corporations, communities as well as universities across the United States. From Sports Performance and Speed, Agility, & Quickness (SAQ) to extended rehab and corporate wellness, PTI has been defining success with its clients for over twenty years.
PTI recognizes that everyone has unique fitness goals. More importantly, the understanding that individuals have different needs when it comes to finding the right formula or tools necessary for achieving those goals. For these reasons PTI strives to staff some of the most knowledgeable certified personal trainers.
PTI’s mission is to bring and create a body success program for clients of all levels. PTI believes that fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle can help enhance the quality of life, well-being, and productivity for all involved.
For three decades, Jackie Ansley has been involved in enriching athletes in all sports of multiple levels, first as a standout basketball player, later as an accomplished prep coach, and most recently as the innovative director of a specialized exercise conditioning program endorsed by some of the leading athletes and coaches around the world.
Since founding her companies, Sports Excel in 1998 and Performance Training, Inc. (PTI), in 1995, Ansley has been a sought-after clinician and speaker. The premise behind her training programs is to increase and utilize speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) in training and athletic performance. Her dynamic and innovative approach to training has taken her across the country as a clinician, speaker and presenter for such groups as the 1997-2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Convention, 2009 NSCAA, the 1998-2000, 1999 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) veterans training camps and combine for future WNBA players, 2001, 2002 AAHPERD Regional Convention, and the 1999 Cramer Conference for Olympic athletes, Polish Basketball Federation June 2009 and 2010 and the German Basketball Federation Coaches Clinic 2010. Jackie has had the opportunity to be the work with and/or be the Strength coach for many professional men and women’s teams nationally and around the world such as the Samsung Thunder (Korean Basketball Association men’s professional basketball team), the Atlanta Dream (WNBA Women’s professional basketball team), Detroit Shock (WNBA women’s professional basketball team), Washington Mystics (WNBA women’s professional basketball team), Adidas draft camp, Nike elite draft camp and others. She is also serving as the Klub Start Basketball Club (Men’s Polish Professional League formerly Asseco Prokom) Trainer 2009-2013, a consultant to Nike and Guest speaker at the German Basketball Federation Coaches Clinic in 2010.
The WNBA has utilized Ansley’s services since the beginning of the league for many of the team’s training camps, as a consultant to their training mission, along with the Veterans Camp each year. Among her top men and women’s professional basketball clients have been superstars Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Renee Montgomery, Ivory Latta, Kara Lawson, Monqiue Currie, Chamique Holdsclaw, Sue Bird, Katie Smith, Alexis Hornbuckle, Tamecka Dixon, Candace Parker, Becky Hammon, Tamika Catchings, Coco Miller, Lindsay Harding, and Michelle Snow. In all, Ansley has tutored over 130 professional basketball players in her training system.
Ansley’s training techniques have also been utilized by some of the top collegiate men and women’s basketball teams in the nation including eight-time national champion University of Tennessee, Wake Forest, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Xavier, North Carolina State, Penn State, Purdue, Wichita State, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Duke and Stanford just to mention a few.
In addition to her own companies and personal consultation and training in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ansley has expanded into a facility in Chattanooga,TN at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. Ansley and PTI are responsible for training at three locations in Knoxville, Holston Hills Country Club, RBI Training Facility and Cherokee Country Club. Ansley has developed programs and worked with athletes from the middle school age all the way through to the professional ranks of various sports. She has developed programs and training regimens for a variety of athletes including basketball, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, tri-athletes, boxers, and volleyball competitors. Ansley has had the opportunity to work with the Women’s Heavyweight World Titleholder, Vonda Ward, and design footwork drills for her explosiveness and foot speed while also spending time training the University of Tennessee’s football team, University of Tennessee soccer team and the 2001-2002 IPFL Championship Football Team, the Tennessee ThunderCats, designing their entire strength and conditioning program to help bring home the “Trophy.”
In 2009, Ansley signed to be a premier provider of Nike’s SPARQ training system and is representing and training throughout the United States for Nike athletes, teams and corporations. Ansley has toured the country and broadened herself to international trips for lectures and hands on training while conducting camps, clinics and individual training in SAQ.
Before she entered the world of fitness training, Ansley was an exceptional high school coach. In the coaching arena, she combined her love of teaching and instruction of the game serving as an accomplished high school coach for nine years. She turned Central High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) into a team to be reckoned with and while at Sevier County High School (Sevierville, Tenn.) her teams advanced to the Tennessee State Sports Athletic Association tournament. While at Sevier County H.S., Ansley’s teams among some of the best in the state of Tennessee as well as being nationally ranked. Her teams were often found traveling to prestigious high school tournaments across the nation. She led her teams to several district 4AAA, regional 3AAA and tournament championships; attaining “Coach of the Year” accolades for multiple years. Fourteen high school student-athletes who were under the tutelage of Ansley received college scholarships with over half going into NCAA Division I programs.
As a collegiate hoopster, she was the starting point guard for Virginia Tech (1981-84) where she received a slew of honors including Athlete of the Year. In 1983, she was invited to participate in the United States Pan American Basketball Games team trials and training camp. A top student as well, Ansley was a Dean’s List honoree while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education Math from Virginia Tech in 1985.
Jared Lawrence, BS – Exercise Physiology
Director of Development and Marketing
TPI Level 1, Sportmetrics ACL Prevention, Schwinn Certified Instructor
Jared Lawrence has a storied history of athletic excellence. From a young age he has always excelled and challenged himself to improve. Jared graduated with his B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology with a strong emphasis in Athletic Training and Exercise Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2000. While attending college, he was on scholarship for basketball competing with the National Qualifying Team.
Since joining PTI in August of 2002 he has directed facilities and operations from Columbus, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia. His emphasis has always remained in the realms of athletic performance where he has developed some of the top athletes in multiple sports, from the high school to collegiate and even the professional and Olympic levels. Some of his most notable clients include: Katie Smith (WNBA & 2004 Olympic Team)
Melvin Simmons (USC Football & 49’ers) Justin Hamilton (Virginia Tech) Curtis Terry (Ohio State University) Tamika Catchings (WNBA & NCAA two-time Lady Volunteer National Champion) Jermaine Tate (University of Cincinnati & European League
Beyond his standout athletes Jared has worked with dozens of high level collegiate athletic programs:
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV. LONG BEACH STATE UNIV. BALDWIN WALLACE PENN STATE UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ALABAMA ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY WAKE FORREST UNIVERSITY MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY UNLV UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA ELON UNIVERSITY VCU UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MILWAKEE UNIVERSITY SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
In addition to collegiate programs and athletes Jared has expanded into the realm of presentations and clinician work in keeping with his mentor and CEO Jackie Ansley. He has presented at workshops and clinics around the country including: WBCA FINAL Four Convention, Nike Coaches Camp-Germany, NIKE Girls Basketball Skills Academy, Polish National Coaching Camp-Poland, NSCAA Convention, NFSA Convention as well as at numerous high school coaching camps across Tennessee and the rest of the country.
Training with Jared is characterized by his emphasis on precision, excellence, and will power. If you are ready to push yourself to be the best, he will bring the best out of you!
Bryan Rodriguez, BS – Exercise Science
Director of Operations
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified
Bryan Rodriguez serves as the Director of Operations of Performance Training, Inc. (PTI) and oversees Cherokee Country Club, Holston Hills Country Club, and several of the PTI Corporate Wellness programs in Knoxville, TN. Since 2007 he has been part of the PTI staff as a Personal Trainer and a Performance Coach working with rotational sport athletes (golf, tennis, baseball) of all levels. His passion for extended rehab and athletic performance has driven him to become Titleist Performance Institute Certified and assist golfers of all ages and levels exceed to the next level!
Bryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Science, majoring in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee. While attending UT, he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Lady Vols Soccer and Rowing teams. Bryan is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Health and Fitness Coach who has a passion for assisting athletes with extended rehabilitation and helping others reach their maximum potential!
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Amanda, a Tullahoma, Tennessee, native moved to Chattanooga in 2010 to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Amanda decided to pursue physical therapy after watching her cousin regain complete mobility in all his limbs after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma and suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome. Her own experience in therapy after multiple broken bones and sports-related injuries also motivated her to pursue physical therapy as a profession. Her doctorate program, clinical internships, and postgraduate work gave her extensive experience working with a variety of patients. She has worked in pediatrics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and athletic performance. She has expertise in manual therapy, joint mobilization, Parkinson’s disease, general rehabilitation, and injury prevention. She looks forward to using her advanced knowledge of anatomy and movement patterns to help clients regain their physical mobility and get back to the activities they enjoy. Amanda obtained her personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She loves leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Before working at Performance Training Inc., Amanda was a cardio kickboxing instructor, where she trained and challenged clients to give their all while performing various kickboxing combinations and other comp