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Amber Walker


Amber Walker is the Director and Head Strength Coach of WAVE Strength and Agility. She is also a WAVE Beach Coach and actively competes as a professional beach volleyball player.

In college Amber competed in Volleyball, Track and Field and Olympic Lifting at Northern Illinois University. While competing as a two sport D1 athlete Amber experienced no injuries. She credits her ability to compete and train in Volleyball, Track and Field and some competitive Olympic Lifting to her strength coach who developed programs strategically around her sports. Amber firmly believes in the correlation between strength training and performance as a volleyball player. She contributes most of her success as an athlete to strength training, conditioning, and determination to always get better.  Because of her experience with training she was inspired to work with athletes who wanted to get stronger, faster and less injury prone.

Amber Walker earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and holds certifications from The National Association of Sports Medicine, The Athletics and Fitness Association of America , USA Weightlifting, Crossfit Level 1, MobilityWOD, The Starrett System Mobility and Movement 101. Other courses and credentials include: MobilityWOD’s The Athletic Shoulder: Anatomy, Physiology and Function for the Coach/Athlete, Lumbar, Pelvis and Spine Complex, and the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialization. Amber has completed the IMPACT program, and is holds an American Red Cross First Aid CPR/AED certification.   

Amber is passionate about her education in athletic performance and the human body. Amber believes that a great strength coach never stops learning, refining their skills, being curious, being in the gym and  practicing. Amber has the mindset that the athlete can train today no matter what.

“Always get work done, we may have to slow somethings down but don’t lose sight of why you are in there in the first place: to become brutally strong, brutally fast, and brutally conditioned.”

Questions about our Agility & Strength program, or specific questions about your athlete? Contact Amber: or (503) 347-0108

Dana Backlund


Dana grew up in Murrieta, California and graduated from Murrieta Valley High School where she was a 4-year letter winner and starting setter/outside hitter. She played club volleyball at Temecula Volleyball Club from the age of 9, until her sophomore year of high school. She then commuted to play at Wave Volleyball Club, where she played her last 2 years under Coaches Brennan and Kristen Dean.

She went on to play at the University of Florida as the back-up setter for 1 season, and redshirted during sophomore year due to knee surgery. She was a part of the SEC Championship team in 2012 and the NCAA tournament both years. After the 2013 season she transferred to Oregon State University where she played for 2 seasons and was a part of the Sweet 16 team in 2014. She was the starting setter in 2015, and due to an injury had to medically retire before her 2016 red-shirt senior season.

She graduated in December of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Kinesiology, with a focus in Fitness and Nutrition. She interned in the Sports Performance Center at OSU where she worked with Division 1 student-athletes in the area of strength and conditioning training.

Being a part of the Wave Strength & Agility staff is important to Dana because she struggled with injuries and knows how big of a difference great strength training can make. She is excited to help players increase performance, get stronger, and stay injury free. Dana is passionate about coaching because it allows her the opportunity to influence young people, teach them more about volleyball/training, and foster the development of life skills.

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