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

UVA Olympic Sports Performance Internship

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be certified or actively pursuing certification from CSCCa, NSCA and/or USAW.  Those pursuing an internship for class credit will be accommodated.  We can schedule hours around academic and or income commitments as needed.

Admission Requirements: Students wanting to become a strength and conditioning volunteer must meet the following requirements:

  • Junior status or higher
  • Exercise Science, Physical Education, Health Major or related field of study
  • Ability to lift 75 pounds or more

Compensation: Valuable experience working with Division-I athletes.

How to Apply: In a comprehensive PDF file, please include your Cover Letter, Resume, and three references to:

Coach Mel Willison

Olympic Strength and Conditioning Internship Coordinator

University of Virginia

Application Deadline:

For Fall Semesters June 30th deadline.

For Spring Semester December 15th deadline.


Ed Nordenschild

Assoc. AD for Strength & Conditioning/Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports

Sports: Baseball, Rowing, Diving

Peter Alston

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports: M&W Soccer, T&F Sprints, Cross Country 


Steven Cuccia

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports: M&W Lacrosse, Wrestling, T&F Throws


Joshua Miller

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports: Field Hockey, M&W Swimming, Softball


Justin Russ

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports: M&W Tennis, M&W Squash

Mel Willison

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sports: Volleyball, M&W Golf, T&F: Jumpers

Mike Curtis

Men’s Basketball Strength &  Conditioning Coach


Jeremy Golden

Women’s Basketball Strength &  Conditioning Coach

Shawn Griswold

Director of Football Development & Performance

Dwayne Chandler

Associate Football Development and Performance Coach

Nate Pototschnik

Assistant Football Development and Performance Coach

Tyler Shumate

Assistant Football Development and Performance Coach

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