Andrew James Pierce, MS, RD, CSCS, serves as the resident sports nutritionist for Columbia where he is responsible for providing nutrition education and guidance to athletes in all sports. Pierce first joined the Lions in July 2013.
In addition to being a Registered Dietitian (RD), Pierce is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah and an MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University.
Within the University of Utah, Pierce served as a teaching assistant in the Division of Nutrition and also worked as an assistant director within the Nutrition Clinic. He was primarily charged with creating and conducting workshops and seminars on topics related to nutrition, physical activity and health. Pierce spent time as an undergraduate working for both Foothill Personal Training and the Peak Academy, providing personal training and promoting fitness among both facilities clientele.
After graduating, Pierce moved to New York to begin his master’s work at NYU. He received his clinical training at Mount Sinai Medical Center where he conducted nutrition screening and assessments while providing evidenced-based nutrition interventions for the 1,000 bed hospital. He also presented the latest medical nutrition therapy research to clinical professionals at the medical center.
Pierce's professional associations include the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).