Sports Performance Coaches

Jeff Sydes, CSCS: is the Lead Sports Performance Specialist for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. He is a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Jeff has worked with student-athletes at NAPLS in a variety of roles since the summer of 2007. He oversees all aspects of training for New Albany High School athletes, including speed, strength, power, and conditioning. In his current position at NCH, Jeff also leads a team of sports performance specialists that work with high school and youth athletes all over central Ohio. Prior to coming to Nationwide Children’s, Jeff served as the fitness coordinator at New Albany High School and was a wellness teacher.

Jeff began his coaching career and worked several years at the Division 1 collegiate level. His
experiences included stints at the University of Kentucky, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and Arizona State University. Jeff also spent 2 years in the private sector working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the greater Columbus area.

Jeff earned his BA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He also spent a year in the exercise science graduate school program at Arizona State University.


Andy Britton brings over 20 years of experience in the area of strength and conditioning and is entering his second year as Sports Performance Specialist for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Most recently, he was a member of the strength and conditioning staff for the Ohio State University from 2005-2019. His primary responsibilities with the Buckeyes was the oversight and implementation of year round strength and conditioning programs for Men’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis and Men’s Soccer. In his 14 year tenure, Andy has seen 5 National Championship teams (3 in Men’s Volleyball and 2 in Men’s Tennis), 3 individual tennis National Champions (1 Men’s Singles, 1 Men’s Doubles and 1 Women’s Doubles), 23 team conference titles and 54 All-Americans including the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year for men’s volleyball. Prior to OSU, Andy came from Velocity Sports Performance where he served as a performance specialist. While there, he trained athletes of all levels and sports ranging from ice hockey to football in the area of speed, agility and strength development. From 2001-2004, he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, he was responsible for implementing year round programs for all 17 Division I
athletic teams.

Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s of Education degree in Sports Administration from Belmont University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds various other certifications in the area of strength and conditioning.