UF Strength & Conditioning Program Flexes Its Muscles
University of Findlay’s Strength & Conditioning program is one of a select group of schools in the United States that offers a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognized program. Students are prepared for certification and graduate school during their study into sports science, strength and conditioning, care of athletic injuries, personal training, and practice/training theory.
“Having worked in the field of strength and conditioning for more than 11 years, I take great pride in developing and contributing to the next generation of strength and conditioning professionals,” said Kyle Gilbert, M.A., Director of University of Findlay’s Strength & Conditioning program. Gilbert and his team have seen continual growth and success over the years, and currently find themselves with graduates and current students working with D1 programs.
Ryan Nocero, Ralph King, and Grant Cassidy all graduated from the strength and conditioning program last year, and all three find themselves working for D1 schools. Nocero is working as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant for the Valparaiso University’s football and women’s basketball teams. King is a professional intern with Sacred Heart University’s strength and conditioning staff and is in charge of the men’s and women’s track & field teams. Cassidy is working as a strength and conditioning intern at Bowling Green State University, working with all of BGSU’s athletic teams, while also completing his master’s degree in kinesiology.
Jim Meyer ’23 has followed the success of the students before him, accepting an internship with University of Kentucky’s Strength & Conditioning Department. UK is a Power 5 school in the SEC and has a nationally recognized premier strength and conditioning department. Meyer is also interning with professional soccer team FC Cincinnati, which is part of the Major League Soccer (MLS) organization.
“The University of Findlay’s track record speaks for itself. No matter the major, we do things the right way and exceed any and all expectations in doing so,” said Gilbert. “With a small school setting, we can better individualize a learning environment for that specific student. In doing so, we can craft personal connections between students, instructors, and the institution.”
For more information on the University of Findlay’s Strength & Conditioning program, visit their webpage. To schedule a visit, please contact the office of Admissions at 419-434-4732 or schedule a visit online.