Speed Development - South County

Preparing for success


Anthony Valenti: Rockwood Summit Class of 2023

Nick has really improved multiple aspects of my soccer and baseball careers. I have now dropped my 60 yard time for baseball from 7.1 to a 6.9 because of Nick's speed training. He helped me learn how to accelerate within my first five steps and showed me how to put more force into the ground when I’m running. Nick was also a big part of helping get my fastball velocity from 82 to 86.

Brooklyn Brady: Cardinal Ritter College Prep Class of 2024

I’ve been doing track/endurance training at The Grind for two years. And without a doubt, I love it. I love how engaged everyone is. It truly is a family based environment. Especially when you have a trainer (Nick) who is devoting all their time to getting to know personally:  your strengths and weaknesses. From just having someone to talk to, or being pushed outside your comfort zone, it’s an amazing experience. I'm always excited to go and feel like it’s something everyone should experience.

Personal Records:

100m: 12.11

200m: 24.84


Two-time MSHSAA Class 5 Team Champions

Five-time MSHSAA Class 5 All-State honors

Meet Nick Niehaus

Nick competed in track and field at Centre College earning 10 All-Conference accolades and still holds the 400m hurdle school record.

As the former head coach at Webster University, he brings seven years of collegiate track coaching and strength and conditioning experience to the Grind.  Nick is passionate about developing people and helping them reach their goals


Jacob Ridenhour

Coach Niehaus helped me become a more explosive and fast sprinter. His plan for me was to improve the acceleration phase of my running, instead of only a fast turnover. He helped improve my strength in running and in my lifts to help improve my overall speed as a sprinter


100m: 11.15 --> 10.54

200m: 22.91 --> 21.07


SLIAC Track Athlete of the Year: 2020, 2021

Webster University Track Athlete of the Decade

NCAA Division III National Runner-Up 200m

Three-Time NCAA All-American

Meghan Illig

Nick Niehaus was a great coach from start to finish and took me to heights I didn’t think I could reach as a runner/hurdler. The minute I met him I knew we’d work well together; he immediately grabs your attention with his willingness to teach, as well as his genuine personality and positive attitude. He taught me the proper mechanics of sprinting, hurdling technique, and how to get the most out of a lifting session to bring explosiveness/power into my sprinting speed. I have nothing but good things to say about Coach Niehaus!


100m hurdles: 16.62 --> 15.33

400m hurdles: 67.48 --> 62.54

400m: 62.33 --> 58.71


SLIAC Track Athlete of the Year: 2018

Webster University Track Athlete of the Decade