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Shaakira Hassell

Shakira HassellShaakira Hassell is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Coast Guard Academy. Hassell trains over 450 Cadet-Athletes throughout the academic year, contributes to Swab Summer as one of the lead Strength Training Coaches, helps to administer the Physical Fitness Exam, and serves as a first year Academy Mentor through the Academy Mentorship Program.

Hassell holds a bachelor’s degree in Self-Designed Sports Science from Beloit College, as well as master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State, and Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University.

Hassell was the tactical strength and conditioning coach at Fort Bragg from 2013-2014 and prior to that the strength and conditioning coach at IMG Academy in Florida from 2011-2013. Hassell began her career as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Georgia Southern during the 2004-2005 academic year before moving onto Valdosta State as graduate assistant for two years. She then served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Troy University from 2007-2011 before taking the position at IMG Academy.

Hassell played for both the Chicago Force and the Atlanta Xplosion of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL). Her Atlanta team won the 2006 IWFL Championship. She was also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands Women’s National Basketball team practice squad.

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