Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnie Drake.
Hi Johnie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, MI, I started my athletic career as a basketball player in middle school and began running track in 8th grade. It was discovered at that time my biggest asset was my speed. I participated and excelled in AAU and Cass Tech’s High School track and basketball programs. I decided to focus only on track after high school— securing a scholarship at Central Michigan University. At Central, I earned several titles. To name a few: School Record Holder in the 60m & 100m, MAC Indoor Champion in the 60m & 200, NCAA All American, and ran the fastest 60m time in the World in 2006. Additionally, I was featured in Sports Illustrated, as one of their “Athletes to Watch.” I pursued a professional track career from 2007-to 2011 which afforded me the opportunity to travel abroad. In 2016, I was inducted into the Central Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. With an extensive background in sports, I decided to bring my experiences back home as a sports performance coach.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Not at all! I started working with a nonprofit in the city of Detroit that presented me with a great opportunity to develop an indoor training facility, create multiple sports programs, and have access to student-athletes from Detroit Public Schools. During my 4-year tenure there it was hard to be on the same page with the board. I had my own dreams and goals which did not coincide with the board’s vision. It was a tough lesson to learn when I worked so hard to grow the nonprofit and not be able to reap the rewards. Removing myself from there turned out to be a blessing; it granted me the time to start my own business, Johnie Drake Speed Performance.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Johnie Drake Speed Performance?
I specialize in speed development. I am most known for running some of the fastest times in the World in the 60m dash. I most recently trained 5-star football player Will Johnson who is an early enrollee at the University of Michigan. Together, with my guidance and his work ethic, he was able to drop his 40-yard dash time from 4.7 to 4.4.
What sets me apart from any other trainer is I actually did it. I’ve competed many times throughout the years, so I understand what an athlete is feeling and thinking during this athletic journey. Plus, I am detail-oriented. Parents love how I am able to break down an athlete’s movement, fix the problem, and then improve it.
I am most proud of the love and respect I receive from parents and athletes. Word of mouth has been my biggest marketing tool. My name/brand holds weight when it comes to speed development.
Readers can find me on all social media platforms @jdspeedperformance. My website is www.jdspeedperformance.com. And to look up a few of my races on Youtube, just type in Johnie Drake.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I also have an e-commerce company called 1st of the Day®. It is a lifestyle brand that encourages professionals and entrepreneurs to recognize and celebrate the moment. Hardworking overachievers are consistently in work mode; we are here to acknowledge your efforts and encourage you to take a moment to create, celebrate, and cherish life. The celebratory toast, “1st of the Day,” is a fun-loving way to share a moment with friends and family. Our products include glassware, drinkware, and apparel that serve as a memento for the occasion. In addition, we host various experiences for our audience to feel the energy/vibes of 1st of the Day®. Products can be found at www.1st-oftheday.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.jdspeedperformance.com
- Instagram: @jdspeedperformance
- Facebook: @jdspeedperformance
- Twitter: @jdspeedperformance
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDt9Z1LmnDasGexMcSOn2sw
- Other: www.1st-oftheday.com