The Parisi Speed School is unique in the fitness industry because the focus is on the training and fitness of kids in the 7-18 age range. Their proprietary methodology, the Parisi Youth Training System, has four separate programs designed to work with athletes of various skill and abilities. When a new athlete signs up, they take the Parisi Evaluation. During this time, they are taught Parisi’s signature Active Dynamic Warm-Up, are examined during their Running Analysis procedure, and tested in a battery of physical speed and strength movements. After the evaluation is complete, a performance coach reviews the results and selects the appropriate program for the athlete. There are also programs geared towards team training as well, where entire teams have the option of training together both in and out of season.

Some of the world’s best athletes benefited from the Parisi Youth Training System, including: Chris Long, former No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, as well as Tobin Heath, forward for the US Women’s National Soccer Team and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

Parisi, the leader in Youth Sports Performance has come to Raleigh. Whether you are looking to improve your game or get fit, we are the place to train.


Owner – Trainer

Kwame Dixon

Kwame Dixon is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  Coach Kwame Dixon entered his first season on the NCCU coaching staff as wide receivers coach in 2011 for Green Hope High School Eagles after spending the past eight seasons as a head football coach on the high school level. For three seasons (2005-07), Dixon served as head coach at West Johnston High School in Benson, N.C. In 2007, he led the Wildcats to a single-season school record seven victories (7-5), the school’s first-ever state playoff appearance and the program’s highest conference finish at second place in the Greater Neuse Conference. During the 2000-04 seasons, Dixon was head coach at Cambridge (Mass.) High School, where he posted the highest winning percentage in school history, recorded the most wins in a single season and was voted as 2003 Massachusetts Coach of the Year.

On the collegiate level, Dixon has worked as wide receivers coach at the University of Rhode Island (1999), and held terms as assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University (1995-98). In 2003, Dixon was named the Coach of the Year, and he has the highest winning percentage in Cambridge school history. He also holds the Cambridge record for the most wins in a single season. Dixon was also named the NFL/New England Patriots Coach of the Week two times at Cambridge, and he recorded the first back-to-back eight win seasons in Cambridge history.  He has also performed NFL summer internships with the Green Bay Packers (1998) and Carolina Panthers (1996).

Ian Walker
Ian WalkerProgram Director/Performance Coach
– Where are you from? Originally from Tucson, AZ

– What’s your athletic background? I grew up playing multiple sports, primarily basketball, football and track & field.

– What’s your education/coaching background? Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. Track & Field Coach (sprints/relays) since 2012 and Athletic Performance Coach since 2017.

– When did you join Parisi Raleigh? November 2017

– What’s your coaching “why”? To serve, to teach and to inspire.

– Favorite quote? “Control what you can control, and let God handle the rest.”

Kennie Apilli
Kennie ApilliPerformance Coach/Adult Fitness Trainer
– I originally hail from Nairobi, Kenya but have lived in the U.S. for 22 years 18 of which have been in Raleigh, NC.

– I grew up playing multiple sports but most notably football as a D1A and D1AA at NC State University and Southern Utah University.

– I am a Kinesiology major and nutitional science minor and have acquired certifications with the NSCA, ACSM and FMS. I’ve been coaching clients ranging from 5 years of age to 80 years of age since 2010. From recreational exercise to elite sports performance to injury prevention and rehabilitation, I’ve been blessed to learn from many doctors, surgeons, therapists, coaches and clients about the best methods and practices to optimize movement and performance.

– Been with Parisi since August 2020.

– What’s your coaching “why”?: To love thy neighbor.

– Favorite Quote: “Use it or lose it!”

Bryce Dixon
Bryce DixonPerformance Coach
– I’m from Flagstaff, Arizona

– I’ve played numerous sports but the main ones being football, basketball & track. I played collegiate football at NC State.

– I attended Green Hope High School and NC State and currently pursing a culinary arts degree.

– I joined Parisi in 2018 at the Durham location.

– My coaching “why” – I enjoy helping kids and teens reaching their athletic potential. it means a lot to me to know i was apart of their process to grow into the athlete they wanted to become. seeing the transitions that they make are the rewards of being their coach.

– Favorite Quote is “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.”

Sydney Emerson
Sydney EmersonPerformance Coach
– I am from Cary, NC

– I was a track and field athlete at Apex High competing in triple jump, 100m, 200m, the 4×100 and 4x200m relays. In the summer of 2018, my 4x100m relay team competed at US national championships.

– I am currently working on getting my ACE personal training certification and I started working helping my dad with strength coaching during the summer of 2019

– I joined Parisi Raleigh as a coach in September 2020

– My coaching “why” is to be the role model for girls to look up to and to inspire them that they can be great.

– My favorite quote is “Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.”

Yosuf Hakem
Yosuf HakemPerformance Coach
– From Holly springs NC

– Football and track in high school and football at NCCU

– Currently getting my bachelors in sports medicine

– Been with Parisi for almost 3 years

– Love seeing athletes reach levels that they didn’t think they could reach.

– Favorite Quote: If you don’t fail ur not even trying – Denzel Washington

Ryan Jackson
Ryan JacksonPerformance Coach
– From Frederick, MD

– Joined Parisi in January 2020

– 20 years of athletic experience. Former collegiate track & field athlete

– Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UNCG. I’ve been coaching for 5 years through various internships and freelance training. I also have my USATF Level 1 coaching certification.

– My coaching “why”…I thoroughly enjoy using sports as a platform to teach the lessons of life. Through sports I have learned the importance of hard work, discipline, consistency and a positive mindset and want to pass that on to anybody I get the chance to work with. Knowing that sports will end for all of us at some point, I want to help instill core values that will last a lifetime. I pride myself on being an enthusiastic and interactive coach that creates a comfortable environment for my athletes to compete, build genuine relationships and have fun.

– Favorite Quote: “He who says he CAN and he who says he CAN’T are both usually right” – Confucius

Glen Kalbaugh
Glen KalbaughPerformance Coach
– From Raleigh, N.C.

– Played football into my freshman year of college when injuries derailed that, I have spent the last 8 years competing in Olympic weightlifting up to the national level at both the collegiate and senior age groups.

– I received my BS in kinesiology/physical education from ECU, I have been coaching ever since I stopped playing football, starting with a JV high school team while still in college and have spent the last 7 years working with high school and collegiate athletes on strength and conditioning for a number of different sports.

– Coaching “Why”…I hope to instill the same confidence and love of movement into young athletes that coaches did for me in my youth while helping them achieve their goals and stay injury free.

– Favorite Quote: “The Secret: 1. Show up, 2. Train hard, 3. Repeat for 10 years.” -Dan Bell

Shelbie Summerlin
Shelbie SummerlinAdministrative Associate
From Holly Springs, NC

– I played tee-ball from 3-6 years old. I’ve played softball since I was 7. I play college softball at Coastal Carolina University.

– I graduated high school in 2019. I’m currently a sophomore at Coastal Carolina.

– I became an athlete at Parisi in August 2018 and started working at Parisi in September 2018.

– Coaching “Why”… I always want to help kids get better but also become more confident in themselves.

– Favorite Quote: You can’t always control the circumstances – only how you react to those circumstances; you can always control your attitude and your effort. – Jennie Finch