The Virginia Strength and Conditioning staff takes great pride in providing year-round strength and conditioning programs to all of its student-athletes.

The purpose of the Strength and Conditioning unit is to provide a comprehensive, sport-specific training program for all student-athletes. Each program focuses on many different components: strength, energy systems development, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, and power at the appropriate times in the yearly training cycle.

In order for the University of Virginia to compete at a championship level annually, the staff works steadfastly to develop programs that integrate both the nutrition and sports medicine staffs. This cohesive relationship between the staffs ensures that student-athletes have every opportunity to maximize their performance potential.

Training Methodologies

All strength and conditioning programs encompass multiple sets, ground-based, multi-joint, free weight exercises. Student-athletes who train in this manner have the best opportunity to develop the components of athleticism.

Nutrition Services
The sports nutrition program works closely with the strength coaches, athletics trainers, food service, coaches and the student-athletes to create an environment of “Education not Deprivation”. Helping student-athletes make the proper choices of foods for good health and optimal performance is the primary goal of Cavalier Sports Nutrition.

Sports Nutrition Website


Ed Nordenschild

Assoc. AD for Strength & Conditioning
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports
Baseball, Diving

Steven Cuccia

Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports
M&W Lacrosse, Wrestling

Joshua Miller

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Field Hockey, M&W Swimming, Softball

Leah Narkevic

Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach
Men’s & Women’s Golf, Rowing

Mike Curtis

Strength & Conditioning Coach
Men’s Basketball

Adam Smotherman

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Nate Pototschnik

Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach

Drew McDuffie

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Will Harrison

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach