Strength Coaches

It's no coincidence that a large number of Olympic weightlifters who have competed for the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have gone on to become coaches at universities and weightlifting clubs throughout the United States.   In addition to a strong schooling in strength training and top level competition, Gayle Hatch has instilled in these athletes a sense of right and wrong and 'a can do' and I'll help attitude that anyone would be proud to have.

Gayle Hatch athletes have been members of three out of the last four U.S.A. Olympic Teams in weightlifting and Coach Hatch served as men's Head Coach for the 2004 US Olympic Team.  Many of his athletes have won U.S.A. Junior and Senior National Championships.  Like Coach Hatch, these athletes aren't showy. They just train hard and keep making improvements.
                                                                                    Denis Reno, Weightlifter's Newsletter   

                  Outstanding Gayle Hatch Strength Coaches  

Brad Roll - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NFL Cleveland Browns. He had previous NFL Head Strength and Conditioning Coaching jobs at Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Okland.  While serving as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach  at the University of Miami (FL), the Hurricanes won two NCAA Football National Championships (1989,1991).  Roll was Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Kansas Jayhawks working closely with the National Championship Basketball Team (1988).  In 1981-1986, he served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southwestern LA now called Louisiana Lafayette from 1981-1986. It was during these 5 years that he studied Olympic Weightlifting under hall of fame coach, Gayle Hatch.                                        

Tom Moffitt - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana State University (LSU).  In 2011 LSU won the SEC Football Championship with a 13-0 record.. In 2007 LSU won the BCS  National Championship and  were SEC Football Champions.  2003 BCS Football National Champions and SEC Football Champions; 2004 Sugar Bowl Champions; 2001 S.E.C. Football Champions. Moffitt came from the University of Miami where his contributions were instrumental in Miami winning the 2001 BCS Football National Championship;  Before coaching at Miami, Moffitt spent four seasons as associate strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee. His contributions were a vital part of Tennessee's football team winning the BCS National Championship in 1998. Moffit was named the 1999 Collegiate Football Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. In 2003, Moffitt was named College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the American Football Monthly.

Scott Cochran - Head Stength and Conditioning Coach at University of Alabama. Alabama won the 2016 National Championship (Alabama 45, Clemson 40). Alabama has won 3 out of the last 4 BCS National Championships. Alabama won the 2012 BCS National Championship defeating Notre Dame 42-14.  Alabama won the 2011 BCS National Championship defeating LSU 21-0.  In 2009 Alabama defeated  University of Texas 37-21 in the BCS National Championship Game. In 2009 Mark Ingram was named the Heisman Trophy Winner.  In 2008 Alabama had a record of 12-2 and won the SEC Western Division Title. Before becoming Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Alabama in 2006, Cocharan severed three years as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New Orleans Hornets.  2003 Cocharan was a graduate assistant strength coach for LSU's BCS National Championship Football Team.

Johnny Long Jr. - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for football at the University of Tennessee.  Long has played a key roll in Tennessee's consistent improvement on the football field during the Phillip Fulmer era, including two SEC titles and the 1998 BCS National Championship.

 Vic Viloria –Named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Florida State University in 2010.  In 2014 Florida State won the BCS Championship game over Auburn University by a score or 34-31. Jamie Winston a member of the Florida State Football Team was named Heisman Trophy Winner.   In 2012 Florida State won the ACC Championship.  While Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at SMU in  2009, SMU's football team finished with a 8-5 record  and where invited to play in the Hawaii Bowl.  This was the first bowl game for SMU in 25years.  SMU defeated Nevada by a score of 45 to 10.   Viloria served as assistant strength and conditioning coach for three years at LSU before going to SMU.   

 Jeff Dillman – In 2016 Jeff Dillman was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for South Carolina. In 2012 Jeff was named the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Florida. Jeff was Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Appalachian State.  In 2007 Appalachian State's Football Team defeated number 5 Michigan by a score of 34-32.  No division 1-AA team had ever beaten a team ranked in the Associated Press Poll. It was one of the biggest upsets in sports history. The game was played at the "Big House" in Ann Arbor, Mich.  Appalachian State won the 2006 and 2007 1-AA Football National Championship.   Before becoming Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Appalachian State Dillman served as Head Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach for LSU's men’s and women’s 2006 final four basketball teams.    

Joe Danos - In 2013 Joe Danos was named assistant strength coach for the NFL's New York Giants. Gayle Hatch weightlifter, Joe Danos served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State and SMU. He was a graduate assistant at LSU from 2003 - 2006.

Ethan Reeve - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wake Forest University. Wake Forest University won the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship. This was their first ACC Championship in thirty-six years resulting in the Demon Deacons going to the biggest bowl game (Orange Bowl) in school history. 2008 Wake Forest University defeated Navy 29-19 in the Eagle Back Bowl. That established the winnningest senior class in Wake Forest Football history.  The Demon Deacon's' sixteen seniors finished with a 32-19 record, three bowl appearances and the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Reeve also was the strength coach for the 1995 U. S. Women's Rowing Team which won four gold medals and one silver medal. Wake Forest has also won three Men's National Championships in field hockey and one Men's National Championship in soccer since Ethan Reeve became head strength and conditioning coach.

Paul Jackson - In 2012 Paul Jackson was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Ole Miss.  Ole Miss won the 2015 Sugar Bowl beating Oklahoma State by a score of 48 to 20. In 2011 Jackson was Head Strength Coach at Southern Miss where they won the Conference USA Championship With a record of 12-2. 

Kurt Hester - In 2013 Kurt Hester was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for football at Louisiana Tech.  Hester was Strength and Conditioning Specialist for L. S. U.'s 1996 and 1997 N. C. A. A. National Championship Baseball Teams. The 1997 team set an NCAA record by hitting 188 home runs for the season.

Eric Ciano - In 2010 Eric Ciano was named the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Georgia Tech.   Ciano previously served as head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2001.  Louisiana Tech won the WAC Football Conference Championship in 2001.   Before that Ciano served as graduate assistant at Tennessee from 1997-1999.   Tennessee won the 1998 BCS National Championship.  In 2009 Georgia Tech won the ACC Championship with a regular season record of 11-2.

Jeff Earls –In 2016 Jeff Earls was named assistant director of strength and conditioning for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team.  Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and in the Big 12 Conference.  In 2015 Jeff Earls was named Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at Tulane University.  In 2013 Jeff Earls, a member of the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team, was named assistant strength and conditioning coach at Tulane University. Tulane has now joined the Big East Conference.  Jeff Earls previously served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Purdue University

Brett Bech - In 2011 Brett Bech was named First Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Dallas Cowboys..

Melissa Moore Seal – In 2014 Melissa Moore Seal was named LSU Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. In 2012 she was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for LSU Women's Basketball and Softball(College World Series in softball 2012,Final Four 2007 and 2008, SEC Champions 2008), Softball (SEC Tournament Champions 2007, Super Regional 2007), Women's Tennis (SEC West Champions 2007), Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for 2007 LSU Football BCS National Champions, member of Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team.

Rachel Balkovec- In 2016 Rachel became assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for the Houston Astros’ minor league teams           In 2012 Rachel Balkovec became the first female strength and conditioning coordinator in major league baseball history.  Serving in that capacity for the St. Louis Cardinal’s minor league teams. She earned her masters in kinesiology at LSU and served as a graduate assistant under Melissa Moore, LSU’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for women’s Sports.  She also studied the “Hatch System” under Olympic Weightlifting Hall of Fame Coach, Gayle Hatch.

Esteban Doria – In 2015 Strength Coach at University of Maryland, overseeing the Terrapins baseball, wrestling and women’s golf teams. 2015 Gel’s Divisional Championship.  2014 St Louis Cardinals organization. 2014 Doria assisted with LSU Baseball Team that was ranked in the AP top 5 all season long.  One of Esteban’s first experiences in Strength and Conditioning was at Florida State under the guidance and direction of Vic Viloria and Joe Danos.  Before his tenure at LSU, Esteban was an assistant Coach for the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team in Baton Rouge, LA.

Ty Webb – 2017 Ty Webb was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for baseball at Alabama University.  In 2015 Ty Webb was named Head Strength Coach for football at Eastern Illinois University.  Webb previously served as Assistant Strength Coach at Louisiana Tech 2011-2014.  Before that he was Assistant Strength Coach at Louisiana College.

Travis Roy – 2015 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for baseball at LSU. 2014 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for baseball at Florida State University.

Ryan Filo – 2016 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UTSA in the Alamo City. Ryan is a former Gayle Hatch lifter and he spent 7 years in various rolls on LSU’s Strength and Conditioning staff.

Cory Castro – 2016 Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at U.C. Berkeley of the pack 12.  2015 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Lamar University.

Josh Lawson- 2017 Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at University of South Carolina. 2016 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southern University, Graduate Assistant at LSU.

Joey Guarascio-2012 Director of  Strength and Conditioning at Northwestern State University at Natchitoches, LA where he oversees all 17 varsity sports and handles programing specifically for football, men and women’s basketball and volleyball.

Brandon Howard-2012 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southeastern State University at Hammond, LA. In 2013 Southeastern State University claimed its first conference title in more than 50 years and won its first playoff game in the FCS.  They made it to the quarter finals and ranked in the nation’s top 10.

Chad Englehart – 2017 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NFL Washington Redskins. In 2010 Chad Englehart was named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. 2009 Englehart was named head strength coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.  The Tuskers finished with a 6-1 record and the regular season championship.

Frank Bourgeois - In 2009 Frank Bourgeois was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. 2011 Midwestern State went 10 and 0 and won the Lone Star Conference Championship. Bourgeois served as strength and conditioning intern under Vic Viloria at Southern Methodist University 2007-2008.   Served as strength and conditioning intern under Tommy Moffitt at LSU in 2009. Member of the Gayle Hatch Weightlifting Team. Randall Dorvin - In 2011 Rardall Dorvin was named assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ole Miss University.

Mike Chapman - In 2013 Mike Chapman was named assistant strength and conditioning coach at Penn State University.

Zack Womack - Head Strength and Conditioning at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He served 5 years as assistant strength coach for football at the University of Illinois.  Also served as assistant at the University of Florida and University of Memphis.

Milton Williams - Formerly Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for L. S. U.  While Williams was at L. S. U. the football and basketball teams won S. E. C. Championships.

Jesse Barksdale - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of New Orleans Basketball Team.  U. N. O. won back to back Sun Belt Conference Championships in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.

Mike Robinson - Head strength coach at McNeese State University; 2003 Football Southland Conference Champions; 2002 played for the NCAA Division II National Championship and lost to Western Kentucky in the championship game; 2001 Football Southland Conference Champions.

Kris Kennedy – 2016 Strength and Conditioning Specialist for Men’s Tennis United States Tennis Association (USTA)

 

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