Dec. 9, 2009
The Villanova Strength and Conditioning Staff will be hosting its 3rd Annual Strength and Conditioning Clinic on Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st, 2010. We invite High School Coaches, College Coaches, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Performance Specialists, Personal Trainers, and Athletic Trainers to attend. We are excited to offer a lineup that includes some of the most respected Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the country, as well as a vendor area with the best brands in the industry.
Friday April 30th
- Registration Begins at 6:30pm in the Pavilion
- Clinic Social will begin at 9:00pm in the Pavilion (Food and Non alcoholic Beverages)
- Post Social gathering at Shula's - Conshohocken Marriott)
Saturday May 1st
- Registration / Check-in Begins at 8:30am in the Pavilion
- Lunch Provided
- Clinic will end at 4:30/5:00...
$90 - Friday Night & Saturday (Includes Friday Night Social & Saturday Lunch)
$75 - Saturday only (Includes Saturday Lunch)
$50 - Student Rate for Friday and Saturday (Undergrad and Graduate)
(See Registration Form and Student ID required Day of event)
Allan has 25 years of experience at the high school, collegiate, and professional level as a strength and conditioning professional. He coached collegiately at West Virginia and Ohio State University-where he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Football Championship. He also coached in 17 post-season football and basketball bowl games including Sweet- 16 NCAA tournaments and three National Football Championship games. Johnson was the first strength and conditioning coach in the history of the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team and one of the 1st five in all of MLB. Allan is a 2003 inductee into the Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame and was named 2002 National Strength Coach of the Year. He has been recognized Six Times as the Big East Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Throughout his career Allan has trained NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA All-Americans and Nationally Ranked Tennis Players. Allan speaks at National, Regional and Local conferences and clinics regarding strength, speed, and conditioning topics as well as motivation, leadership and team building. Coach Johnson was an extra in the movie, "Dave", with Sigorney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Allan serves as a consultant for: Nike Football Clinics, Gilman Gear, High Performance Nutrition, Training & Conditioning Magazine (Editorial Board), Maxx Football and Alpha Dog Sports Allan is certified through the NSCA,CSCCa, and the NASE. Currently, Allan is the Sports Performance Director at Hall of Fame Chiropractic Sports Performance and Training Center in Parkersburg, WV.
Director of Athlete Development -- Football
University of Louisville
Nineteen-year coaching veteran Joe Kenn was named the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Louisville on January 4, 2008. Kenn joins the Louisville staff after spending seven seasons at Arizona State University, including five as the head coach of ASU's Sports Performance program. Originally named ASU's head strength and conditioning coach for football in January, 2001, Kenn came to ASU after serving as the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah from 1999 -2000. A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and American Football Coaches Association, Kenn was the head strength and conditioning coach at Boise State from 1994-99, but spent nine years total at Boise State (1991-99). His first coaching assignment came as an assistant football and strength coach at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (1989-1990). He then became the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wake Forest University in 1991. Kenn was named the College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year in 2002 and has been a finalist for the award four times during his career. He also earned conference recognition in 1998 (Big West Conference) and again in 2000 (Mountain West Conference). Kenn has coached numerous NFL players including; former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowler, Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens, ASU), former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mike Anderson (Baltimore Ravens, Utah), 2 Time Pro Bowler Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers, Utah), and recent Super Bowl Champion Kimo Von Oelhoffen (New York Jets, Boise State). Kenn earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and sports science from Wake Forest in 1988 and his strength and conditioning specialist certification in 1990. He then earned his Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction from Boise State in 1993. As a football player at Wake Forest, Kenn was a two-year letterman, named a NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete award winner as well as Wake Forest's Weightlifter of the Year and the Bill George Award as Linemen of the Year.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach -- Football
University of Pittsburgh
During Pitt's 2008 Sun Bowl campaign, the Panthers won five contests in the fourth quarter or overtime. Players and coaches alike readily credited BUDDY MORRIS' strength and conditioning program as a vital reason behind those victories. Game-changing strength and conditioning levels are what Dave Wannstedt envisioned two years ago when he lured Morris back to Pitt to oversee the Panthers' physical development. His arrival infused the Pitt weight room with a new sense of purpose and dedication, resulting in elevated performance on the field. Pitt's weight room, dubbed the "Pitt Iron Works" by Morris, was recently honored by Muscle & Fitness magazine as one of the "top 10 toughest gyms in the United States." Pitt Iron Works "is home to a college strength and conditioning program unlike any other," writes Muscle & Fitness. "Nobody does it like Pitt," says Elite Fitness Systems owner Dave Tate. "I deal with just about every program in the country, and what they're doing there is unique. From what I've seen, Iron Works is the primary reason for Pitt's turnaround, and the work they're doing will keep them among college football's best for years to come." Morris owns an accomplished history of training elite players at both the collegiate and NFL levels. The 1980 Pitt graduate previously served as the football team's strength and conditioning coach from 1980-89 and 1997-2001. "Buddy Morris has trained some of the greatest names in college and professional football," Wannstedt said. "He knows what it takes to make a football player -- and a football team -- reach his highest potential in strength training and physical conditioning." His workout regimens are highly regarded and include a focus on strength training, speed development, conditioning, agility training and flexibility. Morris' take on football strength and conditioning was featured in a February 2009 issue of Sporting News. Morris rejoined Pitt after serving at the University of Buffalo in 2006 as its director of sports performance and was directly responsible for training the Bulls' football team. Prior to Buffalo, he was the head strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-05, serving under head coach Butch Davis. In his prior Pitt training stints, Morris' pupils included such legendary figures as Jim Covert, Bill Fralic, Russ Grimm, Dan Marino and Mark Stepnoski among others. He additionally trained latter-day Pitt stars Ruben Brown and Curtis Martin, two of the NFL's most accomplished players over the past decade. A former Pitt student-athlete himself, Morris was a four-year letterman in track and field for the Panthers from 1977-80.
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Eric Ciano is in his fourth season as Georgia Tech's Director of Player Development. He oversees Tech's strength and conditioning program for all sports while working primarily with the football team. Ciano came to Tech in 2004 from the University of Tennessee, where he served as associate head strength and conditioning coach since 2002. He previously spent two years (2000-02) as the head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech, following two years (1997-99) as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. Ciano earned his bachelor's degree in 1997 from Springfield (Mass.) College, where he lettered in football. He added a master's degree from Tennessee in 1999. A certified collegiate strength and conditioning coach, Ciano is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Tony Decker, winner of the prestigious Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1998, is in his fourth year as strength and conditioning coach at Temple University. Decker oversees the strength and conditioning programs for all of the Owls' 24 intercollegiate athletic teams and works extensively with the football program and Al Golden. Decker has over 25 years of experience in strength and conditioning and athletic training. He has worked as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Virginia (1998-2002) and Head Strength Coach at the University of Delaware (1988-98). Certified by the NSCA, the United States Weightlifting Federation, National Athletic Trainers Association and the American Red Cross, he has published multiple studies in medical journals and is a noted national speaker on both peak performance training and athletic training. Decker, a level I track and field coach, has worked with numerous professional, collegiate, and elite athletes, including players from the NFL, MLB, MLS, NBA and Olympic athletes. Most recently, Decker served as Sports Performance Director and Director of NFL Combine & Pro Day Training at Velocity Sports Performance in Cherry Hill, N.J. In the position, he trained both professional and collegiate athletes from all sports. In addition to training several Philadelphia Eagles in support of their in-season strength programs, he prepared over 50 college athletes for the NFL combine. Decker arrived at Velocity in June 2003 after serving as a professor in the Department of Movement Studies and Exercise Sciences at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University. Decker began his career at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School in 1983 as head athletic trainer before serving as a graduate assistant trainer and student strength coach at Virginia. He then accepted the position of head athletic trainer at Cherry Hill (N.J.) High School in 1986 before being named Director of Strength and Conditioning and Assistant Athletic Trainer at Delaware in July 1988. Decker was responsible for strength and conditioning for all of the Blue Hens' 22 intercollegiate varsity sports. During his tenure in Newark, he twice earned conference strength and conditioning professional of the year awards (1996, 1998) and helped prepare the football teams that made six playoff appearances and two trips to the Division I-AA semifinals. Decker was named Director of Strength and Conditioning at Virginia in June 1998 and served in the position until August 2002. During his stay in Charlottesville, the football team made four postseason bowl appearances utilizing Decker's performance programs. Among the more notable student-athletes he helped prepare were current NFL players Elton Brown, Angelo Crowell, Thomas Jones, Patrick Kerney, and Billy McMullen. A native of Wilkes Barre, Pa., Decker, born June 20, 1960, earned a bachelor's of science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg in 1983 before receiving a master of education degree in athletic training and sports medicine at Virginia in 1986.
Assistant Athletic Director -- Strength and Conditioning
University of Tennessee
Heather Mason enters her 14th year in the strength and conditioning profession and her seventh year as the head strength and conditioning coach for the women's athletics department, responsible for the Lady Volunteer strength, speed, and conditioning programs. She was promoted to assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning in 2008 and in May 2009, she was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. This honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning profession. Mason attained a bachelors of science in biology from the University of Cincinnati and was a four year letter winner and captain for the Cincinnati Bearcat Volleyball team. During her undergraduate studies, she earned Great Midwest Conference All-Academic team honors. In 1998, Mason graduated with a master of education degree in sports administration from Xavier (Ohio) University, and completed the Sports Management Institute Executive Program in 2003. She is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. The Wheelersburg, Ohio, native came to Tennessee after a five-year stint at the University of Notre Dame and two years at her alma mater, Cincinnati.
Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Michigan State University
Associate head strength and conditioning coach Mike Vorkapich is in his 12th year at Michigan State. Vorkapich, who works directly with men's and women's basketball, women's golf and hockey, previously worked at Notre Dame and Cincinnati as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Vorkapich got his start at Michigan State as a graduate assistant from 1995-97. During that time he worked with women's basketball and assisted with the hockey and football programs. A former Spartan football player (1991-94), Vorkapich received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education and exercise science from MSU. In addition to American Red Cross Certifications in first aid and CPR, Vorkapich is Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Vorkapich has published various articles and spoke on various topics related to strength and conditioning. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Varsity "S" Alumni Club at MSU.
Strength and Conditioning Coach -- Men's and Women's Basketball
Penn State University
Pantall is in his fourth season as the strength and conditioning coach for the Nittany Lion and Lady Lion basketball teams and in his 12th year as strength and conditioning coach at Penn State. He joined the department in February of 1998 after serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years under long-time Nittany Lion football strength coach John Thomas. Over the past 14 years, he has worked with all of Penn State's varsity athletic programs. He has also worked with many professional athletes, including the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals football teams. Pantall played football for four years at Penn State and was a member of the 1995 Rose Bowl championship team. After joining the team as a walk-on in 1992, he earned three varsity letters and played in 36 consecutive games. He graduated from Penn State in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in health education/kinesiology. In 1999, he completed his Masters of Education in counselor education as Penn State. A State College native, Pantall was a two-year football letterman at State College High School and a key figure in the Little Lions winning the District 6 Class AAAA title in 1991. He won the Steve Suhey Award as the team's top offensive lineman as a senior.
Strength and Conditioning Consultant
Jesse is currently the Strength and Conditioning Consultant for the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition, he serves as the Program Director for the two Summit Sports Training Center facilities in the greater Philadelphia area. A member of the Gatorade Replay Training Advisory Committee, he sits on a panel of experts that design and implement the training programs for the athletes involved in the TV series. Prior to his current role with Summit, Jesse served as the company's Director, responsible for the day-to-day operations, business development, and training programs for their three facilities. As the premier sports training center in the greater-Philadelphia area, this afforded him the opportunity to work directly with numerous high level clients. This list includes members of the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms, Saint Joseph's University Athletics, Villanova University Football, Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic), Delonte West (Cleveland Cavaliers), Bernard Hopkins (Middleweight Boxing Champion), Aaron McKie (retired - NBA), and various other professional basketball and ice hockey players. In addition, he was directly involved with designing and building three of the Summit facilities, has coordinated numerous off-site speed / agility camps and strength clinics, and presents to many young athletes and students on various topics involving performance enhancement, health, and overall life success.
Jesse received his degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During his final two years of Undergraduate study there, he also served as one of the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coaches for the Athletic Department. At 20 years old, he was hired as the youngest S & C Coach in the Atlantic 10 and Big East Conferences, while overseeing the programming for the Track and Field, Softball, and Women's Gymnastics teams and assisting in the implementation of the Football and Women's Basketball teams. Upon completing his degree, Jesse spent a year with the Philadelphia Eagles, first as an intern, then as an Assistant S & C Coach. For his performance there, he was recommended to the NFL-Europe league in the Spring of 2000, where he held his first Head S & C Coach position, with the Barcelona Dragons. Hired at 23 years old, he still remains youngest Strength Coach in league history. The conclusion of this seasonal position overseas led him to Hofstra University, where he served as the Head S & C Coach for the football team during the 2000 season. Five players from this squad went on to play professional football, either in the NFL, NFL-Europe, Arena Football, or Canadian Football Leagues. In the years of 1999 through 2001, Jesse also served as the Personal Trainer and Consultant for Marc Jackson, who spent 6 years in the NBA and is now currently playing professional basketball in Europe. He resides in Drexel Hill, PA with his wife Kimberly.
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