Endicott’s Strength & Conditioning Program Is Working Out—And Then Some

The strength & conditioning program has played a major role in the recent success experienced by Endicott Athletics.

Strength and conditioning gym picture Photo by David Le
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Strength and conditioning weightsWith 28 athletic teams at Endicott College (21 varsity, seven club), the strength & conditioning program has the important role of supporting student-athletes through conference championships, NCAA tournament appearances, national championships, and individual awards. Using a student-athlete-centered approach, which focuses on the long-term development and performance of the College’s student-athletes, the department’s goal is simple: to help student-athletes achieve competitive success.

However, it goes deeper than that. The program is committed to the idea of complete student-athlete success. In addition to strength training and conditioning sessions, the program focuses on supplementing rehabilitation by the Athletic Training staff, providing nutritional education, and employing analytics to provide student-athletes with access to resources for their overall health.

“When the Athletic Performance Center opened in 2017, it instantly enhanced the opportunities for our student-athletes to develop physically and mentally under the direction of our staff. The new spaces allow student-athletes to train safely, efficiently, and in a competitive environment”—James Daley, Assistant Director Athletics/Athletic Performance.

Strength and conditioning gymThe impact of the strength and conditioning program is not only reflected in team and individual accolades, but also in accomplishments earned in the Athletic Performance Center. Since 2015–16, there have been 17 Endicott student-athletes named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Three student-athletes (Mackenzie Kennedy ’20, Kristen McCarthy ’20, Caroline Hughes ’19) have earned the award multiple times, bringing Endicott’s Strength & Conditioning All-American award total to 22.

The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year award recognizes collegiate athletes whose accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. Students are nominated and assessed by their sport, position, competition performance, strength training progress, and leadership.