WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that Blake Campbell has been hired as its new head strength and conditioning coach.
Campbell, a 2011 SU graduate, comes to Shenandoah after serving as a strength and conditioning intern at James Madison University in the spring of 2011.
The Powhatan, Virginia native starred for the Hornets football team from 2007-10 and is the first-ever head strength and conditioning coach in school history.
Campbell is the 26th full-time member of the SU athletics department and the eighth that does not have on-field coaching responsibilities.
"We are very happy to bring Blake on board," Associate AD Sarah Pelster, the chair of the search committee, said.
"The strength and conditioning position is one that our coaches have wanted for some time now, and I am sure that Blake is going to help out our student-athletes significantly."
Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Campbell will work with all 20 teams at Shenandoah.
"Speed, strength and injury prevention are three areas that I would like to initially focus on," Campbell said.
"My office is going to be in the weight room and I look forward to working with all of our student-athletes to maximize their potential."
Campbell starts his full-time duties immediately.