Episode 226: Brandon Marcello - The life of a high performance sports consultant

This episodes guest is Brandon Marcello

With over 20-years experience in the performance enhancement industry, Brandon Marcello, PhD brings innovation, education, and proven application to the worlds of sports performance, health, fitness, and wellness.

Originally from Sarasota, FL, Marcello has worked in the professional, Olympic and top collegiate settings. He has also served as a consultant to various organizations and media groups.

Having extensive involvement in both the applied and research worlds, he has implemented successful, high-performance training programs for professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes.

For the last 22 years, Dr. Marcello has taken individuals and organizations to the next level through multi-year and time-limited human performance consulting projects in the United States and abroad. His work in conjunction with Draper Laboratories for the U.S. Special Forces has provided a deep, multivariate understanding of the drivers of performance in the battlefield, while projects for professional teams and elite athletes includes performance solutions for nutrition, training, recovery, and high-performance team development.

Prior to this, Marcello served as the Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University. In this role, Marcello oversaw all aspects of athletic performance enhancement of the 36 intercollegiate sport teams. Acting as the chief administrator for the Sports Performance department, Marcello's responsibilities included, but were not limited to, designing facilities and equipment layout, strategic planning, developing nutritional and recovery strategies, overseeing staff development, directing methodology and driving innovation. During his seven years at Stanford, Dr. Marcello initiated cross-departmental collaboration with many of Stanford's academic departments such as the Stanford Sleep Center, Center for Longevity and Life, bio-engineering, Residential and Dining enterprises, Stanford surgery, Hoover Institute, and the departments of neuroscience and genetics. He was the creator of the highly-acclaimed Performance-Based Dining concept that has been successfully implemented since 2011, and has received national media attention (See Sports Illustrated, November 7, 2011 among others) and numerous awards.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the Director of Performance for USA Softball. Hand picked by Head Coach Mike Candrea, Marcello developed and implemented all athletic development programs for the 2008 Silver Medal U.S. Olympic Softball team, 2007 Gold Medal Pan American team and 2006 Gold Medal World Championship team.

In 1999 he was approached by Mark Verstegen to join him in Tempe, Ariz. to help create EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance (AP)), a world-class training facility for professional and elite athletes. While at AP, Marcello improved the performance of a number of athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA, LPGA, and WTA.

Prior to his work at the Arizona facility, Marcello was a Performance Specialist at the International Performance Institute (IPI) of the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. There he prepared top college football players for the National Invitational Camp (NFL Combine) dramatically improving their draft status; in many cases to first and second round picks.

A recognized author, researcher, and international presenter, he routinely speaks around the world on a number of topics pertaining to elite-level performance. His work appears regularly in numerous journals, textbooks, and periodicals. He also has served as a consultant to U.S. military, many Division-I programs, International Sports Federations, as well and Adidas, Under Armor and Nike.

Marcello holds a PhD in sports nutrition from Baylor University, and a MS and BS in Exercise Science from Marshall University.

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Marcello is also recognized as an RSCC*E by the same organization. He holds two certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). Additionally he also maintains two certifications through U.S.A. Weightlifting.


 On this episode Brandon and I discuss:

  • Brandon's background
  • Why Brandon decided to get into consulting?
  • What services Brandon offers organizations?
  • I ask Brandon how he deals with any potential conflict within the organizations he has consulted with?
  • What are some of the common issues that Brandon see's with the organizations that he has consulted with?
  • Brandon and I discuss the importance of communication within organizations
  • I ask Brandon what are great organizations doing that makes them standout
  • I ask Brandon why he went back to do a PhD?
  • I ask Brandon about nutrition for high performance 
  • I ask Brandon about the differences in the recovery trends between males vs females
  • I ask Brandon about behavioral change
  • Brandon and I discuss happiness within the coaching profession
  • I ask Brandon, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - brandonmarcellophd.com

Facebook - Brandon Marcello PhD

Instagram - bmarcello13

Twitter - @bmarcello13


Podcasts Mentioned:

OPEX Podcast #74 - Sue Falsone

Joe Rogan Experience #1109 - Matthew Walker


Videos Mentioned:

Bruce Arians A Football Life

Books Mentioned:

Lights Out

The Four Agreements


People and Resources Mentioned:

Sue Falsone

IMG Academy 


Mark Verstegen

Stanford University

Devan McConnell

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning


Fergus Connolly

Jorge Carvajal

Derek Hansen

Mattew Walker

T.S. Wiley

Bruce Arians 

Joe Gibbs

Jocko Willink

David Googins

Oprah Winfrey

Barack Obama


Leonardo di Vinci

Elon Musk


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