Illini Sports Nutrition is headed by Chelsea Zenner, who is entering her first year at Illinois and her third year working in college athletics. The Moscow, Idaho, native served as the coordinator of sports nutrition at the University of Florida before joining the Illini staff.
Zenner received her first bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2006 while playing Division II soccer at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo. From there, she moved on to the University of Wyoming, where she completed her dietetics B.S. in 2009. Zenner then moved to Houston, Texas, to complete her dietetic internship through the University of Houston, where she also consulted with the Cougar Track and Field team before graduating in 2010.
She then relocated to Gainesville, Fla., to pursue a sports nutrition internship at the University of Florida while completing her M.S. in clinical exercise physiology. Zenner was promoted to coordinator of sports nutrition and continued to complete her degree through its conclusion in August 2012. While at Florida, she served as one of two head sports dietitians for football as well as the primary sports dietitian for volleyball, baseball, gymnastics, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and lacrosse.
Zenner is a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in sports dietetics, and member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association.
Updated September 2012