Jesse K. Wright, founder of the Balance The Bar initiative, is a high performance consultant, Amazon best-selling author, coach, and public speaker. His career has spanned over two decades in the team sport culture, including working with organizations in the NBA, NFL, NCAA, and in private sports training. His passion lies in helping young professionals grow and advance in their careers and lives. Through continuing education resources and private coaching, he seeks to create awareness, recognition, and comprehensive solutions for others in both professional and personal development. His experiences as a teammate and leader in professional sports, collegiate athletics, and in business have him uniquely positioned to provide guidance for successfully navigating and thriving in today’s challenging, high performance environments.
Jesse most recently spent 14 years with the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA, first as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and then as the Director of Performance Science. During his time in professional basketball, he was named the NBA’s Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013, an award voted on by his contemporaries in the league. He also served as President of the National Basketball Strength & Conditioning Association from 2013-2015. In addition, he served as chair of the committee that oversees and coordinates the anthropometric and performance testing for the NBA Pre-Draft Combine for 6 years.
During his career, Wright has held Strength & Conditioning Coach positions with Temple University, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Barcelona Dragons (NFL-Europe), Hofstra University Football, and Saint Joseph’s University. He also served as the Director of Summit Sports Training Center, a retail-based performance center located outside of Philadelphia, PA, which served youth through professional athletes. He oversaw operations for four start-up training facilities, including sports performance programming, customer service, sales and marketing, accounting, new business development, and personnel.
He received an Exercise Science degree from Temple University and a Master’s of High Performance Sport degree from Australian Catholic University. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E), both from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).