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  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, 2020
  • Master of Science, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, 2014


Nicholas Coker conducts research investigating neuromuscular adaptations to eccentric exercise, muscle damage, and resistance training. He is primarily interested in how adaptations to motor unit recruitment strategies may influence resistance training and damage responses, and how these adaptive strategies may change over the lifespan. His other interests include morphological adaptations to muscle in response to resistance training. He teaches undergraduate courses in biomechanics as well as measurement and evaluation at Springfield College.

Research Interests

  • Motor unit adaptations to resistance training
  • Eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage
  • Repeated bout effect
  • Surface electromyography
  • Nutritional supplementation

Courses Taught

  • AEXS 319: Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • AEXS 335: Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science

Certifications and Memberships

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology
  • Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology

Selected Works


Coker N, Clark N, Herring C, Starling-Smith T, Varanoske A, Goldstein E, Fukuda D, Wells A. Effects of thermogenic beverages with differing caffeine content on resting energy expenditure, respiratory exchange ratio, and lipid metabolism. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference 2019.


Varanoske A, Coker N, Johnson B, Belity T, Wells A. (2020). Influence of muscle depth and thickness on ultrasound echo intensity of the vastus lateralis. Acta Radiologica (In press).

Wells A, Varanoske A, Coker N, Kozlowski G, Frosti C, Boffey D, Harat I, Jahani S, Gepner Y, Hoffman J. (2020). Changes in cognition during a 24-hour simulated military operation (SUSOP): Influence of beta-alanine supplementation and classical monocyte recruitment. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (e-pub ahead of print).

Varanoske A, Coker N, Johnson B, Belity T, Mangine G, Stout J, Fukuda D, Wells A. (2020). Muscle quality, as measured by ultrasound-derived echo intensity, does not affect changes in cross-sectional area of the vastus lateralis following recumbent rest. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (In press).

Clark N, Wells A, Coker N, Goldstein E, Herring C, Starling-Smith T, Varanoske A, Panissa V, Stout J, Fukuda D. (2020). The acute effects of thermogenic fitness drink formulas containing 140 mg and 100 mg of caffeine on energy expenditure and fat metabolism at rest and during exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 17(1), 10.

Varanoske A, Wells A, Kozlowski G, Gepner Y, Frosti C, Boffey D, Coker N, Harat I, Hoffman J. (2018). Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on physical performance, cognition, endocrine function, and inflammation during a 24-hour simulated military operation. Physiological Reports, 6(24).

Coker N, Varanoske A, Baker K, Hahs-Vaughn D, Wells A. (2018). Predictors of competitive success of national-level powerlifters: A multi-level analysis. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18(5): 796-805.