Spring student-athletes complete seven-station circuit
David VanDyke is in his ninth year as Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning at Stony Brook since being named to the position in August 2004. Van Dyke is responsible for the mental and physical development of all 20 of Stony Brook intercollegiate programs.
VanDyke oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive strength and conditioning for all Seawolves sports. He primarily works with Stony Brook's men's & women's basketball and women's soccer teams, but also oversees two full-time staff assistants and one graduate assistant, who implement his strategies with the remainder of Stony Brook's athletic programs.
In his programs for strength and conditioning success, VanDyke incorporates Olympic lifts, high intensity training methodology, plyometrics, speed, agiility, functional movement screen and balance training, free weights, pneumatic resistance, variable resistance machines, medicine and stability balls, bands and chains. All of VanDyke's programs are designed towards injury prevention and increasing performance potential.
VanDyke also oversees over 10,000 square feet of strength & conditioning space, including the brand new state-of-the-art $4.3 million Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center, an 8,000 square foot facility that opened in June 2012 and comes equipped with over 37,000 pounds of cutting-edge equipment, a state-of-the-art audio visual system for filming and training and a designated plyometric area for speed and sprint work. VanDyke was instrumental in the facility's design and had direct responsibility over coordinating equipment purchases and layout.
VanDyke's efforts have helped Stony Brook win 13 conference championships across sports such as baseball, men's basketball, football, men's lacrosse and men's soccer. The baseball team advanced to the College World Series in 2012, the men's basketball team participated in the NIT in 2010 and 2012, the football team advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Div. I Football Championship and the men's lacrosse team was an NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist in 2010. VanDyke was named Stony Brook Coach of the Year in 2004.
Before his arrival at Stony Brook, VanDyke served as a strength and conditioning coach at LaSalle from 2001-04. He worked with head coaches and student-athletes to tailor strength and conditioning programs for 12 Division I intercollegiate sports, including football, baseball, softball, field hockey, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball and lacrosse. He developed both in-season and off-season strength and conditioning regimens for each sport, implementing plyometric, speed, agility and stability training methods while also formulating nutritional guidelines for all student-athletes. In addition to his duties at La Salle, VanDyke assisted with the Philadelphia Eagles off-season strength and conditioning program.
Prior to La Salle, VanDyke served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Penn State University from 1998-2001. At Penn State, he worked with the varsity football and boxing teams to develop their in-season and off-season strength training programs, cultivating strategies with each team to augment the abilities of the student athletes.
VanDyke began his career as a strength and conditioning intern at Texas A&M University in the summer of 1998, assisting with strength and conditioning programs for football, tennis, women's basketball and women's soccer.
A 1998 graduate from Penn State University, VanDyke earned his Bachelor of Science degree while also playing football on a full scholarship for the Nittany Lions. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree in kinesiology from Penn State in 2001.