Emmanuel Ashamu Biography
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Emmanuel Ashamu grew up in Charlottesville and attended Charlottesville High School. He joined Virginia as the assistant strength & conditioning coach for the football program in 2009 and enters his second fall season. He assists in coaching and organizing football strength training.
Ashamu came to UVa from Amherst College in Massachusetts where he was the strength & conditioning director from 2006-08. In 2005 he served as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Howard, helping with the football, swimming, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Ashamu spent the summer of 2008 as a performance intern for Athletes’ Performance (AP) in Tempe, Ariz. While there, he helped facilitate mentorship programs for soldiers as well as producing and applying training programs for college football players.
Upon graduating cum laude with a degree in sociology from Amherst College in 2004, Ashamu was awarded an Abele Fellowship for Action to volunteer in primary and secondary education programs in Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing his fellowship Ashamu went to Howard where he also contributed his time at Georgetown training football and men’s basketball.
He was a four-year letter winner on the Amherst football team and was known as a hard worker on and off the field.
At Amherst as the strength & conditioning coach he was a part of the Lord Jeffs’ 2007 NCAA DIII national championship men’s basketball coaching staff. Ashamu is also a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete and won the Umoja Award for service in the Amherst, MA and Springfield, MA communities.
Ashamu currently resides in Charlottesville.