Matt Brand

Matt Brand

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Qualifications

BS in Exercise Science, Ithaca College

MS in Applied Exercise Science/ Strength and Conditioning, Springfield College

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

United States Weightlifting Club Coach- Level 1 Certified USAW

About Coach

I joined the PSP3 family as a strength and conditioning coach in October of 2021. Prior to joining I served as Co-Owner and Director of Sports Performance for 6 years at Advanced Sports Performance and Fitness, a performance training facility located in San Carlos, CA. Prior to that, I spent 8 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Division 1 UC Davis, located in Davis, CA and a member of the Big Sky and Big West Conferences. I have been involved in high-level strength and conditioning at the Division 1 level for 12 years. At UC Davis, I oversaw the design and implementation of comprehensive sport specific training programs for all 22 of the Aggies’ athletic teams. Prior to UC Davis, I held the same position at Lafayette College, having spent 2 years in charge of that department there as well. I have also served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Rutgers University football, Springfield College and Cornell University. My passion for sports performance and training does not end with coaching, as I am a two-time national powerlifting champion and twice captured powerlifting gold medals at the A.A.U. Junior Olympic games. I continue my competitive career in powerlifting, totaling Elite in both the 220 and the 242lbs weight divisions in powerlifting. I have also competed in amateur strongman and Olympic weightlifting competitions.

Turning Point

Motivation & Passion

Coaches have one of the most powerful platforms in a young person’s life. For many athletes, a coach will serve as a role model, mentor, teacher, friend, and even counselor. The coaching profession gives individuals endless opportunities to influence, empower, and inspire others beyond what they ever thought themselves capable of. I have witnessed this firsthand throughout my lifetime and during my development first as a young athlete, and onward to helping to shape and develop into a young man. I have had numerous coaches who have invested their own blood, sweat, tears, and time into attempting to help me become the man I am today. For this I am forever grateful. These coaches not only helped me from an athletic perspective, but also from a humanistic one as well, encouraging me and giving me the tools needed to become a better person overall. Teaching me values such as trust, belief, accountability, discipline, hard work, persistence, perseverance, leadership, and an overall refusal to quit has helped me throughout not only my athletic life, but in the adult life as well. These are just some of the lessons that I carry with me daily. Recognizing this, and in addition to my overall love of training and sports in general, is what drove me to seek the coaching profession as my path in life. Paying it forward and teaching that trusting the process is less about what you get from it, but more importantly what you become through it is what drives me to coach each day. “ABILITY IS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING. MOTIVATION DETERMINES WHAT YOU DO. ATTITUDE DETERMINES HOW WELL YOU DO IT.” –LOU HOLTZ

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