Pierce has been employed at UNE since 1997: 1997 - 2006 as Senior Fitness Specialist/Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning and 2006 - Present as Director, Applied Exercise Science Program/Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Performance.
Pierce has over 20 years of experience in the exercise science/strength and conditioning field, working with a wide variety of clients/patients/athletes from youth to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients, to professional athletes. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor of science degree in community health education with a concentration in exercise science. He went on to earn a master of education degree in exercise science from the University of Maine in 2004. Pierce is credentialed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is also credentialed by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist.
He has been recognized for his dedication and commitment to the field by serving as the Maine State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association from 2007 - 2013 and receiving the 2009 State Director of the Year Award, as well as the 2014 Personal Trainer of the Year Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Pierce was recently appointed as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Northeast Regional Coordinator for a two-year term.
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Orono
Board Certifications and Licenses
National Strength and Conditioning Association
American College of Sports Medicine
University of New England Department of Athletics
Preparing students for professional credentialing examinations including: CSCS
NSCA-CPT and ACSM EP-C
Strength Training and Conditioning
Exercise Testing and Prescription
Hessert, M.J., Gugliucci, M. and Pierce, H. "Functional Fitness: Maintaining or Improving Function for Elders with Chronic Disease," Journal of Family Medicine 37:7, July - August 2005
Pierce, H and Gugliucci, M. (2003) Personal Exercise Prescription Training Manual, College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Gugliucci, M., Pierce, H. (2002) R.E.A.L. Fitness Instructors Certification Manual, College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
$25,000.00 Great Bay Foundation Grant in collaboration with Elder Circle Inc., Scarborough, ME; $5000.00 for Older Adult Functional Fitness research (February 1999 - January 2000)
Moyer. E., and Pierce, H. - $4,400 Westbrook College of Health Professions Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy Grant, “Prefilming Costs for the Take Action Today: A Televised Health Promotion Program for Physical, Mental, Cognitive Perceptual and Social Health”. January 29, 2010
Hartigan, E., Okuda, I., and Pierce, H. - $4,010 Westbrook College of Health Professions Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy Grant, “Collection and Interpretation of Motion Analysis Data at the Human Performance Laboratory in Saco, ME”. January 23, 2010