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Relation to the Strength & Conditioning Industry?
College Coach, Athlete
Name of School, Team or Business
California State University, Northridge
Job Title
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Current Job Description
Teams: Baseball, Womens Soccer, Mens & Womens Volleyball, Womens Water Polo
Past Job Experience
Graduate Assistant Athletic Performance Coach
Eastern Washington University
June 2013 - November 2013

Strength and Conditioning Coach
Monmouth University
Janurary 2012 - May 2012; September 2012 - May 2013

Athletic Performance Intern
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
May 2012 - September 2012

Division I Athlete - Football
Monmouth University
August 2009 - December 2011
Eastern Washington University '15 (in progress)
M.S. Exercise Science

Monmouth University '13
B.S. Health and Physical Education

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA
CPR/AED and First Aid - American Red Cross

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Post-Activation-Potentiation (PAP) for the athlete - Theoretical and practical implications

Post-Activation-Potentiation (PAP) is a physiological principle that many resistance training programs are starting to implement. The athlete performs a strength exercise (bench press, squat, deadlift, etc.) and super-sets a ploymetric immediately afterward. The plyometric must be in coordination with the strength exercise - If the athlete performs a set of squats, their PAP exercise would be box jumps, lunge jumps, tuck jumps, etc. If the athlete performs a set of bench press, their PAP…


Posted on March 22, 2013 at 5:39pm — 3 Comments

Barbell Back Squat vs. Single Leg Barbell Squat

Many programs have varying views when it comes to training for strength in the lower body (glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, etc.). The Back Squat, ideally, has the highest potential to evaluate accurate strength through the quadriceps and glutes, however, as the weight increases, the mechanics and posture are likely to be incorrect and risk of injury increases. The primary reason why back squat can be detrimental, and in some causes adversely affect training, to an athlete’s performance is…


Posted on March 4, 2012 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Fast bench press - Eccentric and concentric training for strength stability, explosiveness, and power

Today’s lift consisted of a variation of bench press that’s called fast bench press. The athlete controls the weight on the eccentric contraction of the chest, ideally for 2 to 2.5 seconds, and then explodes as fast as possible concentrically contracting on the way up. The sets and reps were 5X5. The weight was 60% of the athletes 1RPM. I’m in favor of this type of lift because of how it can be applied to sport specific movements, particularly in football and even more specifically with…


Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:00pm

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At 3:20pm on June 18, 2011, Ron McKeefery said…


You must do the following:

1.  Be committed to the field with both feet in.  I don't know a single strength coach that has not said that this is the only job they can see themselves doing.  If you are have a couple of choices or back up plans you won't make it.  No back up plans.  

2.  You must have the academic pedigree - Degrees and Certs.

3.  You must be believable.  If you weren't a former player than you must find something to is similar (MMA, Powerlifting, etc).  You must also take calculated positions.  For example if you want to work in the NFL you must work your way up or work at a major college.  You can't work at a High School and expect to jump straight to the NFL just because you have a degree and cert.  

4.  Lastly, Network, Network, Network.  


Hope that helps.  


At 9:50am on November 17, 2010, Ron McKeefery said…
It is great to connect. This is a great website for networking and sharing ideas. I am the Director of Strength and Conditioning and do primarily work with football. Please let me know if we can ever be of any assistance to you.

We are very committed to providing as many resources as we can for fellow strength and conditioning coaches. Each year we conduct several strength and conditioning clinics. Our next one will be April 23rd, 2nd Annual USF Football Strength and Conditioning Clinic. Send me your email to be added to the mailing list.

Additionally, I have released a product called Strength Coach Basic Training for aspiring strength coaches and their mentors. For more information go to and enter your name and email. You can also go to our Facebook Fan Page for the site at While you are there make sure you connect with me ( on facebook as well as I use that platform for more regular announcements. I look forward to using this site to get to know you better.
At 11:41pm on May 17, 2010, Eldon Brough said…
I have been working as a student assistant strength & conditioning coach at Utah for just over 2 years now. I also just completed my first year as the strength & conditioning coach at Westminster College here in Salt Lake City. The head strength coach at Utah is Doug Elisaia. Good luck with everything.

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