Mission Statement
The Mission of Virginia Commonwealth University's Strength and Conditioning Program is to provide Virginia Commonwealth University athletes with the tools to develop and optimize their athletic capabilities. Athletes will also maximize their potential through the development of their character, work ethic, and self discipline.

Training Philosophy
The basic training philosophy of the Virginia Commonwealth University Strength and Conditioning department is to teach athletes how to control their bodies and physical actions both on the court/field and in the weight room. This is done through the use of ground based, free weight programs, which teach an athlete proprioception, or the athlete's awareness of their bodies in space. Athletes are taught to apply force rapidly and/or at high velocities through the use of speed-strength training. Each strength and conditioning program is designed specifically for an individual sport and then modifications are made to fit each athlete within that sport. These modifications are made to fit an individual's strength or weaknesses as well as their sport position needs.

The programs are designed to challenge the athletes on a daily basis in order to keep them fresh and excited.

We believe that strength, speed, and conditioning is a privilege that must be utilized to the fullest whenever the opportunity arises.


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Tim Kontos

Asst. AD for Sports Performance


Ralph Petrella
Assistant Sports Performance Coach


Chad Workman
Assistant Sports Performance Coach
Sport Responsbilities:
Volleyball, Baseball,
Track Sprinters & Jumpers

Sport Responsbilities:
Women's Basketball, Field Hockey,
Track & Field Throwers

Responsbilities Include:
Men's and Women's Soccer, Golf,
Men's and Women's Cross Country

E-mail: takontos@vcu.edu
E-mail: rapetrella@vcu.edu E-mail: crworkman@vcu.edu
Phone: 804-827-1365
Phone: 804-827-1365 Phone: 804-827-1365

Riley Loudon
Graduate Assistant

Buddy Donnelly

Amit Vohra

Caitlin Smith


Janelle Sykes


Cedric Ndaw

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