Sherman Armstrong was born and raised in Chicago on the South Side and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Speech Communications. While at Illinois Armstrong ran track on a scholarship and was a 9x Big 10 Champion, 4x NCAA All American, Olympic Trials Finalist (400m Hurdles), Big 10 Athlete of the year (1999), and an All-Big Ten Selection (1999-00).
After college Armstrong continued his athletic career running professionally for Nike Athletics and the Santa Monica Track Club. In the year 2004 Armstrong qualified for the Olympic Trials Finals in the 400m Hurdles. In the year 2005 Armstrong retired from track and started his own company VAST Sports Performance. While at VAST Armstrong helped lead over 40 Athletes to the NFL which led to a position at the University of Georgia.
From the years 2012-2015 Armstrong was the Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach and Head Speed Coach for the University of Georgia Football Program. Armstrong helped the 2012-2013 team win the SEC East and make it to the SEC Championship game where they lost to Alabama. While at Georgia the Bulldogs made 3 Bowl game appearances going 2-1 respectfully.
In 2013 Armstrong earned a master’s Degree in Human Movement Science as well as the CSCS, which is the highest level of certification for a strength and conditioning coach. Armstrong is also a speaker for the Positive Coaching Alliance Tampa Bay which develops “BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE” Armstrong presents live workshops to youth and high school athletes to help create a positive, character – building youth sports culture.
Adia Armstrong grew up in Flossmoor, IL. After High School, Armstrong attended UCLA from 2000-2005 where she earned a Full Scholarship to run Track. During her career at UCLA she became an 5x All-American, 3x Pac 10 Champion, and ran for Trinidad and Tobago. Post collegiate, Armstrong ventured out to help within the community on the East Side of Los Angeles. There she worked for two non-profit after school organizations: A World Fit for Kids! And Heart of Los Angeles. As the Fitness and Health Director, Armstrong focused on educating the students about fitness and the importance of making healthy food choices. In addition, Armstrong trained coaches, designed and implemented the fitness program for both Non- Profit organizations.
In 2007, Armstrong accepted a position as a Physical Education Teacher and Head Middle School Track Coach for Harvard-Westlake, located in Los Angeles. While at Harvard-Westlake, Armstrong started a VAST Track Club in 2006 in both Studio City and Beverly Hills, CA. The club grew to have 75 athletes ages 5-18, that competed in USA Track and Field.
In 2012, Armstrong and her family relocated to Athens, GA and was accepted the position as the Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the University of Georgia Cross Country and Track and Field Program. While at UGA, Armstrong designed, implemented, and facilitated successful training programs for the team.
In 2015, Armstrong relocated to Tampa, FL where she assisted in opening VAST Sports Performance. While at VAST, she accepted a position with The Grow Group, where she assisted individuals with disabilities find employment and provided appropriate accommodations. In 2017, Armstrong accepted an Elementary Teacher position with a school for children with disabilities.
Currently, at VAST Sports Performance, Armstrong is the Summer Camp, After-School Program Director, and Sports Performance Specialist.