2024 Presenters

Coach Leah Johnson, MSU Head Volleyball Coach

Leah Johnson is the Head Volleyball Coach at Michigan State University. Prior to serving as Head Volleyball Coach at MSU, she served in the same role at Illinois State University (2017-2022) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2011-2017). She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Missouri State University.

Coach Johnson will share her coaching philosophy and how she motivates her athletes.


Dr. RJ Gibbs

Dr. RJ Gibbs serves Michigan as an MSU Extension specialist with a focus on community nutrition program evaluation.

RJ will share how to optimize athlete performance through nutrition.


Lianna Hadden

Lianna Hadden, who has spent 25 years on the MSU athletic training staff, now also serves as the assistant director of performance nutrition. Lianna received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Western Michigan University in 1998, with a minor in biomedical science and an emphasis in athletic training. She completed her master of science degree in kinesiology with a specialization in athletic training in 2000 at Michigan State.

Lianna will share strategies for preventing and managing athletic injuries.