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Howie Long Strength and Conditioning Center

The new Howie Long Strength and Conditioning Center opened in the fall of 2016 as part of the new Andrew J. Talley Center. The now 10,000 square foot weight room is two stories and offers Villanova student-athletes the maximum space to train for collegiate competition.

Student-athletes are given individualized, sport specific training programs through their strength and conditioning coach. The 24 varsity teams are trained year round by the strength and conditioning staff to improve speed, power, strength, and endurance. Ultimately, each student-athlete will achieve their maximum level of performance while reducing injuries through a specified training program.

Some of the features include, a 2,000 square feet turf conditioning area, 16 weight racks, 8 Olympic lifting racks, 8 power lifting racks, a nutrition station, screening room for evaluations, and a state of the art audio visual system. Also the strength and conditioning coaches offices can be found in the here.


Strength & Conditioning Staff
Name Title Email Phone
John Shackleton Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Basketball
Men's and Women's Basketball
john.shackleton@villanova.edu 610-519-3063
Michael Rhoades Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports
(Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball)
michael.rhoades@villanova.edu 610-519-7840
Brian Tracz Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Football
(Football)
brian.tracz@villanova.edu 610-519-5308
Pat Brennan Assistant and Conditioning Coach - Intern
(Throwers, Golf, assists with Football)
patrick.r.brennan@villanova.edu 610-519-5308
Jack Sprague Assistant and Conditioning Coach - Intern
(Field Hockey, Swimming & Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, assists with Men's Lacrosse & Football)
jack.sprague@villanova.edu 610-519-6388
Chris Whittle Assistant and Conditioning Coach - Intern
(Softball, Sprinters & Jumpers, Rowing, Water Polo, assists with Baseball & Women's Lacrosse)
christopher.whittle@villanova.edu 610-519-6421