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Jim Durning
Position: Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
Alma Mater: Marshall
Graduating Year: 1992
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At JMU: In his 13th season directing the strength and conditioning program for the JMU football team...  director of strength and conditioning at the Plecker Athletic Performance Center, where he also oversees programs for softball, lacrosse, field hockey, and men's and women's golf... joined the JMU staff soon after Mickey Matthews' 1999 hiring as head football coach... works exclusively with the football team and is among only a few individuals in similar positions in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision... works with JMU's players daily in a program to enhance their strength, speed, power, flexibility, balance and coordination... is assisted at JMU by Justin Jones.

Before JMU: Graduate assistant in strength training at Marshall from 1994-96 and was a strength coach at Georgia until joining the JMU staff... standout nose guard at Marshall for four seasons... a captain on Marshall's 1992 national championship team... graduate assistant strength coach for Marshall's 1995 national finalist team, and Georgia appeared in two bowl games while he was a member of the staff there... played at Marshall and worked as a strength coach there and was a strength coach at Georgia while JMU coach Mickey Matthews coached in those programs.

Personal: Received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and has completed continuing education courses at Marshall and JMU... member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, United State Weightlifting, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association... Strength and Conditioning Coach certified and certified by USA Weightlifting... married Proctorville, Ohio, native Nancy Hall, a Marshall and Medical College of Georgia graduate who is a nurse practicioner at Blue Ridge Women's Health Center in Harrisonburg... they have two daughters, Alexandria (11) and Morgan (9), and two sons, Mason (7) and Colin (3).

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