JMU athletes benefit from a strength and conditioning program designed to develop their athleticism and sports performance. The athletes work with a strength and conditioning staff directed by Master Strength & Conditioning Coach Greg Werner and APC Director Jason Riddell. Werner is the head strength & conditioning coach and director of strength and conditioning for men's and women's basketball and oversees strength and conditioning for JMU's baseball, softball, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball programs. Riddell is the director of strength and conditioning for football and oversees the strength and conditioning programs for the women's lacrosse, field hockey, women's swimming and diving and men's and women's golf programs. Werner is assisted by strength & conditioning coaches and several other interns and student assistants. Riddell is assisted by strength and conditioning coaches Justin Jones and Joe Baroch.
The center of JMU's strength and conditioning program is located in Bridgeforth Stadium, a modern facility featuring eight multi-use power racks each with separate dumbbell units that range from five to 120 pounds each and with a new integrated weightlifting, plyometric and speed development platform system, and a variety of modern equipment. Under Werner's direction the JMU strength and conditioning program has expanded into six other training facilities on campus, which combined with the Bridgeforth Stadium facility total more than 19,000 square feet. These facilities include a 35-bike multipurpose plyometric and cardio room, separate state-of-the-art football and basketball training facilities, three other modern weight rooms, two other fitness/cardio rooms and a strength and conditioning coaches office complex.
In the summer of 2005, the Plecker Athletic Performance Center opened, which includes a 7,000-square-foot football strength and conditioning facility. The facility is directed by Riddell and is utilized by football and those sports under Riddell's supervision. Riddell's staff also maintains a Web site that serves their student-thletes www.jmu.edu/apcstrength.
In addition to Werner's hands-on program for the athletes he has designed and developed a cutting-edge Web site for coaches and athletes, which may be reached by clicking on the link: http://orgs.jmu.edu/strength.
Strength & Conditioning Coaching Personnel
Greg Werner - MS, MSCC, NSCA-CP, SCCC, CSCS*D, ACSM-HFI, CSNC,
- Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Director For Men's & Women's Basketball
Jason Riddell - SCCC, USAW, Director of Strength & Conditioning for Football
Justin Jones - SCCC, USAW, Associate Director of APC, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Joe Baroch - SCCC, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach