TCU Strength and Conditioning


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Strength & Conditioning: The TCU Way
It's where success on the field of competition sees its beginning - in the weight room. TCU takes pride in providing its student-athletes with the finest strength and conditioning program in the country.

The TCU strength and conditioning department is staffed by six full-time coaches and graduate assistants whose sole purpose is to push Horned Frog student-athletes to become stronger, faster and more powerful while at the same time helping them to avoid injury.

The TCU Strength & Conditioning staff has developed a plan to challenge student-athletes to perform beyond their limits, and by overcoming these challenges in the weight room, the Frogs have been able to put together championship performances on the playing field.

Philosophy
The field of strength and conditioning is extremely dynamic and always changing. The one constant in our profession is the student athletes. Our number one goal is to make each student-athlete stronger, faster and more powerful in whatever sport they choose to participate in. By doing these things, we help prevent injury.

The sport specific training regiments are preventative in nature. As strength and conditioning professionals, we are entrusted with the care and guidance of student athletes from across the country and mold them into elite world class athletes during their tenure at TCU.

Mission Statement
To provide a positive and energetic learning environment for student athletes and coaches. To train both body and mind, creating an interest and desire for strength and conditioning To assist every student athlete in achieving an optimum physical performance level, while preparing them for a lifetime of fitness.

Internship Program
The TCU Strength & Conditioning Internship Program provides a teaching foundation that offers interns a hands-on experience as well as prepares them to not only pursue a career, but also become a qualified strength and conditioning professional. The TCU Strength & Conditioning staff believes in providing a comprehensive educational opportunity where interns will have the opportunity to work with all 20 varsity athletics programs, which totals over 400 student-athletes.

Qualifications
One year of previous experience in a strength and conditioning program or have previous collegiate athletics experience; working towards a certification through NSCA or CSCAA; bachelor's degree or in process of earning bachelor's degree; strong desire to make strength and conditioning your desired profession.

Applicants
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. This is a non-paid position, but offers the opportunity of advancement in the field of strength and conditioning as well as the fulfillment of credit hours towards a degree program. Please try to send correspondence 2-4 months prior to your anticipated starting semester:

Fall: August-December
Spring: January-May
Summer: May-August

To apply please send correspondence by mail or email to:

Zach Dechant
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
TCU Strength & Conditioning
TCU Box 297600
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Email: z.dechant@tcu.edu

Strength and Conditioning
Name Position Email Address
Don Sommer Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning d.sommer@tcu.edu
Matt Parker Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach m.parker@tcu.edu
Zach Dechant Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach z.dechant@tcu.edu
Missy Mitchell Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach m.mitchell1@tcu.edu
Todd Kensler Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach t.kensler@tcu.edu
Stephen Gephardt Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach s.gephardt@tcu.edu
Michael Wood Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach m.wood1@tcu.edu
Main Phone (817) 257-7978
Main Fax (817) 257-7987
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