Behind many successful basketball programs are people who are crucial to the program, but may not get much time in the spotlight.
Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart added one of those type of people with the addition of Daniel Roose as the Strength and Conditioning Coach.
“We’re thrilled about adding Daniel to our staff,” Smart commented. “He is a high energy guy with a terrific background and exceptional people skills.”
Roose comes to VCU after two years at UNC Pembroke, where he was in charge of the strength and conditioning of all 16 athletic programs for the Braves.
“Daniel Is a fantastic motivator who possesses a great skill in working with our guys,” Smart added. “His knowledge in and around the weight room is outstanding and he’ll have us ready to play our style of play when we get into our preseason workouts.”
Prior to UNC Pembroke, Roose was the director of strength and conditioning at Marshall University where he worked directly with the basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball programs, but was in charge of designing training programs for all 15 varsity sports for the Thundering Herd
In addition to Marshall, he also spent a year at Campbell University, serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Camels.
Nationally certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Roose has also been tabbed as a Level 1 coach by the United States Weightlifting Association.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Appalachian State in 2001 and later earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall in 2006.