Marisa Faibish returned to Florida State as Director of Performance Nutrition in March of 2019. She is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics, registered dietitian and licensed dietitian.
In her current role, Faibish oversees the entire nutrition and dietitian needs for all of FSU’s teams and student-athletes. She also specifically serves as the primary sports dietitian for football, softball, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
Her duties include translating scientific research into practical performance nutrition recommendations, conducting cooking classes to help student-athletes learn to cook nutritious meals on their own and presenting learning opportunities regarding healthy options for food and hydration, sleep and body positivity. Additionally, Faibish produces individualized nutrition strategies for student-athletes and develops menus and food options for travel and post-game meals.
Faibish came back to Tallahassee after spending two years as the Appalachian State’s first Director of Performance Nutrition. Her duties there included establishing and overseeing all aspects of the performance nutrition program for the athletics department. She created protocols regarding performance nutrition, supervised performance education and counseling, oversaw the AppFuel stations and worked collaboratively as an active member of the Athletic Performance team.
She went to Appalachian State after working as a performance dietetic intern for the U.S. Army Special Forces within the THOR3 program at Fort Bragg, educating and consulting with the Special Forces and other Command Team members. She helped conduct sports nutrition briefs and develop menus while also conducting hydra sweat-rate tests and analyzing body composition data.
Faibish is a two-time Florida State graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics in 2015 and completed her Master’s degree in exercise physiology and sports nutrition in 2017. She served as a student director of outreach for Florida State’s Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine after working as a student director for Florida State’s Wellness Department and being a sports dietetic intern for Florida State’s athletics department. She was awarded a Leadership in Service scholarship for her work with Florida State’s campus recreation in 2015.