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John Sisk Named Director Of Strength Training & Conditioning At Furman
John Sisk has been named Furman’s new director of strength training and conditioning, associate athletics director and director of sports medicine Elaine Baker announced today.
“We conducted a nationwide search and had five very strong candidates, but it was obvious that John brought the most experience to the table,” said Baker on Wednesday. “I think he will be a tremendous asset to our department and to all of our student-athletes. We’re glad to have John back at Furman.”
Sisk, who for the past nine years served as Vanderbilt’s director of speed, strength, and conditioning, is a 19-year coaching veteran, having begun his collegiate career as an assistant at Furman in 1993.
In 1995 he accepted the head strength coach position at Western Carolina before moving on to Clemson two years later as an assistant. He remained with the Tigers through 2001 before being named director of speed, strength, and conditioning at Vanderbilt in 2002.
While with the Commodores he and his strength training staff contributed significantly to the football program’s turnaround, which culminated in Vanderbilt’s 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl victory over Boston College.
He coached four strength and conditioning All-Americans, one of whom was current Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cutler and current Bears offensive linemen Chris Williams were two National Football League first round draft picks to progress through Sisk’s strength training program at Vanderbilt.
All told he directed the strength training regimen for 12 Commodores who signed NFL contracts, as well as four first round draft picks by Major League Baseball, including No. 1 selection David Price (Tampa Bay/2007), No. 2 selection Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh/2008), No. 8 pick Casey Weathers (Colorado/2007), and No. 7 pick Mike Minor (Atlanta/2009).
A Waynesville, N.C., native, Sisk played football at Western Carolina, graduating with a degree in sports administration. He spent three years as a football/strength coach at Tuscola (N.C.) High School before coming to Furman in 1993.
By Furman University Sports Information