For immediate release – 6/20/2012 - #427
Dr. Steve Smith Named Hornet Strength and Conditioning Coach
LYNCHBURG, VA – The first full-time strength and conditioning coach for the Lynchburg College athletic department is a familiar face to all of those associated with the Hornet program. Dr. Steve Smith, a 1997 LC graduate, was named to the position Wednesday after serving the College in various capacities the last 15 years.
The new post was created after years of planning. “I’m excited about this position, we have been hoping to move in this direction since 2007,” said Dr. Jack Toms, LC director of athletics. “It will benefit our teams tremendously to have a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Steve has impressed me with the work he has done here at Lynchburg College and he certainly commands respect from our student-athletes and coaches.”
Smith will be responsible for the strength and conditioning for all of Lynchburg College’s 21 athletic teams. He will supervise strength training, counsel coaches, supervise workouts and design sport-specific strength and conditioning programs.
“This is something we have talked about for a long time and I am elated to finally be able to take over as the strength and conditioning coach,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to having an impact on each and every program. I’d like to take our athletes to a level of performance. I appreciate President Kenneth Garren and Dr. Toms for trusting me with this responsibility.”
Smith is an assistant professor of health and physical education at Lynchburg and he will also be promoted to serve as the department chair. He earned his master's degree from LC and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Smith is on the state advisory board for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is also the co-chair of the sport and exercise physiology special interest group for the NSCA. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and club coach certified from USA Weightlifting. Smith served as an assistant coach for 14 seasons with various teams before taking over head golf coaching duties in 2010.
Smith will relinquish his head golf coaching position and a national search for his replacement will be held this summer.