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Jackie Barcal joined IMG Academy’s Athletic and Personal Development team as the Head of Nutrition in December 2015. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of fueling IMG Academy student-athletes, campers, and seasonal visitors in addition to managing the fueling of the professional athletes on campus.
Barcal comes to IMG Academy from the University of Wyoming where she worked within the Athletic Department while pursuing a master’s degree in Human Nutrition & Food. While at Wyoming, she oversaw the year-round fueling of over 350 Division I student-athletes, assisted in the development and management of the High Altitude Fueling Station within the weight room, and expanded nutrition presence within all 12 NCAA Division-I sports. Prior to Wyoming, Jackie was a member of the inaugural Gatorade/CPSDA Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) at the University of Alabama in 2013. During her time at Alabama, Jackie assisted in the daily fueling of Crimson Tide athletes and independently managed the fueling of women’s tennis, rowing, and softball programs.
Barcal’s sports nutrition career began at Arden Hills Resort, Club, & Spa in Sacramento, Calif., where she worked with JMG Tennis Academy athletes, the club’s swim team, and resort members and their families. A native of California, her passion for sports nutrition emerged during her time competing in Division II softball at California State University, Stanislaus where she earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration Finance. She continued her education at CSU Sacramento earning a second bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Fresno State.