Name: Cornell University
Private or Public: Public AND Private University
Location: Ithaca, NY, USA
Mascot: "Big Red" (Unofficial mascot is a Bear)
Size: ~20,833 in 2007 (13,510 undergraduate & 7,323 graduate students)
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tom Howley
Program Overview: Click Here
Overview: Founded in 1865, Cornell is a member of the nation's most prestigious academic association: The Ivy League
. In addition to fielding some of the brightest student-athletes in the country, the Ivy League is also synonymous with high athletic achievement, especially in less "main stream" sports such as lacrosse, fencing, rowing and squash. You'll also find a high level of competition at the I-AA (also referred to as the "NCAA Football Championship Subdivision") level in football and the I-A level in basketball. Cornell provides a fantastic example of the athletic diversity found in the Ivy League. Cornell boasts 16 men's sports including sports rarely found elsewhere such as: Polo
and "Sprint Football
" (a sport that has the same rules as traditional American football, but players are limited to a weight of no more than 172 pounds). Cornell also fields 17 women's athletic programs including (along with their male counterparts) fencing
and ice hockey
. With numerous Academic All-American athletes throughout its history, Cornell is the perfect example of what it truly means to field "student athletes" competitive in both the classroom and the field of play.
Tom Howley, Cornell's Assistant Athletic Director for Athletes Performance/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, oversees a strength & conditioning program that is executed in one of the finest training facilities in the country. The 8,000 square foot Friedman Strength and Conditioning Center
is a state of the art facility can support up to 100 athletes at once and allows for training that includes plyometric, sprint, weight and cardio exercises.
Howley, a former offensive lineman for Tulane's 1987 Independence Bowl football team, was a strength and conditioning coach at Auburn and East Carolina University prior to taking the helm at Cornell in July 1995. Tom and his staff
execute a program that is as customized as they come. In the words of Tom himself, "Before the training programs are designed, the muscular and metabolic needs for each sport--and for each position within the sport--are analyzed. Athletes are then assessed to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses, and follow-up assessments are conducted at regular intervals. Comprehensive workouts are prescribed to address deficiencies and promote the development of skills used during competition." By taking into account the individual athletic requirements of its student-athletes and incorporating strong injury prevention techniques, the Cornell strength & conditioning staff under Tom Howley is fielding some of the best trained athletes in the Ivy League, if not the country.
for an overview of the Cornell athletic program.