Dr. Andrew Shim, left, demonstrates a motion analysis system as Dr. Mike Waller lift weights. The system is used in the Kinesiology & Human Performance graduate degree program at Briar Cliff University.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Andrew Shim appreciates a good challenge, even though sometimes those challenges pit him against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Shim is the Briar Cliff graduate program director of kinesiology and human performance. His desire for a good test and determination against tough circumstances contributed to his status as the National Strength & Conditioning Association State Director of the Year.
Never once did I think I was going to win ... This is something you do to do the best job you can and help others.
— Dr. Andrew Shim, professor of kinesiology & human performance
Shim said he’s taken the role of underdog his entire professional life, but he recalls a time just months ago where he would be tested more than ever.
Thanksgiving weekend, Shim was in Sioux Falls when he was struck by a drunk driver. Suffering broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken clavicle and unconsciousness, Shim faced nearly five months of recovery and medical leave.
But within a couple of months, he was back at Briar Cliff to help lead the kinesiology and human performance graduate programs.
Now, less than eight months after the crash, Shim boasts the title of director of the year. He received the designation at the NSCA’s annual conference in New Orleans last month. A director is in charge of bringing programs and training related to strength and conditioning to his or her respective region.
Shim takes responsibility for North and South Dakota. As director, he set up state conferences, wrote publications and provided presentations for anything and everything in the strength and training field.
Spreading his knowledge of strength and conditioning is why he’s embraced his role as state director. The awards and accolades are things that just happen to follow as a result.
“Never once did I think I was going to win,” he said. “This is something you do to do the best job you can and help others.”