|What They're Saying|
day and age, strength and conditioning has become just as important
as any drill or any round of batting practice. Tim and his staff
have done a great adapting their programs throughout the years and
they continually look for new ways to make our guys better, which
is all we want."
Tim Kontos, a certified strength and
conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning
Association and a licensed personal trainer, is in his 14th year as
the strength and conditioning coach for VCU.
He designs, implements and supervises all strength, speed and agility programs for The Rams’ Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball and Baseball teams. Kontos manages, supervises and coordinates activities in the department’s 5,000-square-foot weight room, which opened in 2002.
The Richmond native, a USA Weightlifting Club Coach and USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach, also instructs VCU athletes on proper weightlifting techniques and administers offseason strength and conditioning programs for them as well.
Kontos has worked to develop a comprehensive strength and conditioning program since his arrival at VCU in 1998. A firm believer in leading by example, Kontos is a competitive power lifter with competition lifts of 560 squat, 390 bench press, and 500 Deadlift at a body weight of 177.
A 1997 graduate of Radford University, Kontos spent two years as strength and conditioning coach for the ice hockey team at his alma mater, where he supervised off-ice workouts for speed and strength training while also coordinating the team’s nutrition program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Radford.