THE EXPERT COACHES OF TRIO
Our coaches come together from various disciplines and bring their passion and expertise to create the TRIO experience. Take a moment and learn more about them, and see what they bring to our transformative weekend.
FORMER NCAA AND NFL HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH, AND 2016 WINNER OF THE NBC SHOW STRONG
Bennie Wylie is a strength and conditioning coach in Abilene, Texas. He has trained some of the best athletes in the world and is excited to bring his expertise and discipline to TRIO.
Wylie has been a dedicated athlete since his school days. While attending Sam Houston State University, he was team captain and running back of the football team, a four-year letterman and was named the Bearkats' Freshman of the Year in 1994. Fresh out of college, Wylie became an assistant with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and then assumed the position of head strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech University. Later, at the University of Tennessee, he guided the development of 14 NFL draft picks, including Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and Michael Crabtree. He served as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Texas. Wylie has played a part in coaching more than 100 collegiate football players, grooming them for careers in the NFL.
Bennie was among the first trainers who took part in the NBC reality competition, Strong. He and his partner Jill May, a mother of four from Minnesota, were the 2016 winners of the hit TV show after they beat out the other competitors in multiple strength and conditioning events.
Wylie has overcome the hardships of growing up poor in a small town with an abusive, alcoholic father, but these hardships did not stop him from becoming a strong, compassionate and tough-loving coach with zero tolerance for excuses and a will for greatness. Wylie is also a loving husband and father of three.
AUTHOR, ATTORNEY, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, COUNSELOR, ADVOCATE, PHILANTHROPIST AND LIFE COACH
Brett Stalcup is an attorney, life coach, author and motivational speaker in Dallas, Texas. With his clients’ best interests at heart, Stalcup champions their causes with integrity and respect. Brett is excited to bring his wealth of experience, insight and guidance to TRIO.
Stalcup graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in finance. He went on to graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984 and began his law career working for the legendary Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade. Brett was one of the founding attorneys that developed the recovery defense, a noncriminal disposition strategy, for drug and alcohol related offenses. He has in-depth knowledge of the law and the specifics of the various accredited recovery programs in use today. He also has an understanding of the human characteristics of substance abuse and addiction and provides each client and the client’s family with recommendations for specific accredited treatment while he prepares a strong presentation that shows the program benefits to the court. Over time, Brett encouraged wayward youth to replace their self-destructive habits with success oriented life skills and helped reconcile and re-build families thus defining a vision for a new organization. In 2000, he founded Discovery Training, a life skills organization that he led for 15 years. In 2008, Stalcup was recognized as a leading family law attorney and life coach. In early 2014 Brett published his first book PUSH that reveals some of the life lessons he’s learned in his years of counseling and practicing law. Stalcup’s greatest accomplishment is as a devoted husband to wife, Sanka and father to their two daughters, Alex and Dylan.
BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN SPORTS DIETETICS, REGISTERED AND LICENSED DIETITIAN, NUTRITION THERAPIST
Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD is a skilled nutrition expert with a passion for promoting nutrition and wellness, based in Austin, Texas. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, is Board Certified in Sports Dietetics, and is excited to bring her nutrition knowledge and innovative food concepts to TRIO.
Specializing in sports nutrition, eating disorders and weight management, Amy and her husband Yancy (a certified personal trainer) own sCULPture Nutrition & Fitness, LLC in Austin, TX. She also functions as sports dietitian with the University of Texas school system in Austin. Armed with her wealth of nutrition knowledge and true passion for healthy living, Amy feels she is doing her life’s work when she educates the public on strategies of living a healthy lifestyle. She particularly enjoys utilizing a non-diet approach to help clients make peace with food and assisting athletes in getting an edge on the competition through proper fueling techniques.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Food and Nutrition form San Diego State University, and completed her clinical training at the renowned VA San Diego Healthcare System. While at SDSU, Amy exhibited outstanding leadership and was chosen as the Outstanding California Dietetic Student of the Year for the State of California by the American Dietetic Association. Amy is an active member of the American, Texas, and Austin dietetic associations, the Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Dietetic Practice Group, Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, and Austin Eating Disorders Specialists. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking, being physically active (especially running, cycling, and in sCULPture Boot Camps!), relaxing with her family, and eating chocolate.
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE, MARTIAL ARTIST AND LIFE COACH
Taito Nakagawa is based in Dallas, Texas. He is excited to bring his knowledge of self improvement, transformation, innovation, and mindfulness as a Life Coach to TRIO.
Taito is an executive with a software company based in Oregon and, while he looks after Asia Pacific and Latin American regions, he has served as the president and managing director of its Japanese entity. He has been assisting clients using his expertise in business process management, continuous improvement, business transformation and enterprise innovation for over 20 years.
He is a student of several martial art disciplines with multiple black belt ranks, and teaches college students and adults in the Dallas area. He is especially passionate about a discipline called Aikido and studies and teaches how to apply Aikido's self-disciplining and peace promoting principles to daily life.
Taito grew up in Japan and came to America to attend college. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Dallas. He returned to his college and presented a transformation project for the International student program based on his own experiences. He is credited for starting Intensive English Program at the university and preparing foreign students for the US higher education journey. He also replicated a similar relationship with colleges mainly in Texas and Oklahoma and assisted both the students and the insitutions. Over the past 17 years, Taito has been involved in self improvement programs through his church, and a program called Discovery. Taito is a wonderful husband of almost 30 years to his wife Heather and father of their 5 beautiful children and grandfather to 2 grandchildren.