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Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning

Our strength and conditioning program is committed to the health, fitness, and athletic performance of every student-athlete.

Our staff works with each of our 36 JV and Varsity teams in unison with our sports medicine department and sports program heads in efforts to implement the most effective and comprehensive training that is seamlessly integrated into the athletic experience. Our program has been recognized with the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength of America award for the past 8 years, and 10 of our student-athletes have earned NSCA All-America honors. 


Our training philosophies are rooted in the study of kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength training, and sports nutrition. Training concepts include multi-dimensional and multi-planer movements that incorporate strength, balance, and flexibility for the purpose of improved dynamic movement. This type of training prepares the body for actual performance movements such as running, jumping, shuffling, and changing directions.

Each team has a customized in-season training program designed for injury prevention and sports performance and participates in training sessions twice each week throughout the season. Outside of their season, team training continues with a focus on rehabilitation, injury prevention, flexibility, hypotrophy, speed and power development, and conditioning.

Each student-athlete has an individualized training program that is tailored to his/her ability, as determined by a comprehensive set of pre- and post-season evaluations.

Facilities and Equipment

Our 3,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, located on the lower level of the Bruton Smith Athletic Center on Cannon Campus, features 11 individual training stations, allowing a large number of student-athletes to train simultaneously. Each station includes:

  • Sorinex power rack and whisperlink rubber surface platform, providing athletes with safe spaces to perform a variety of Olympic lifts and other dynamic movements
  • TRX training apparatuses
  • Adjustable PowerBlock units that can be used for both dumbbell and Kettlebell exercises

The facility also features open areas for agility, plyometric, and core training, and a wide range of plyo boxes, med balls, ropes, bands, hurdles, and foam rollers.

Awards and Honors

Strength of America Award

The Strength of America Award is based on a score that indicates how well a high school compares to what the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the NSCA consider to be the gold standard in high school strength and conditioning programs. “Winners of the Strength of America Award represent the finest of high school strength and conditioning programs in the world” – NSCA. 

National Strength & Conditioning All-Americans

The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes, whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning.


Kendall Addison
John Hosmer
Broadus Roberson


Akanimo Eyo
Drew Loepprich


Patrick Brady


Esty Byrd
James Howe


Morgan Roberts
Lauren Shealy

National High School Coach of the Year

“This national award is given to an outstanding High School Strength and Conditioning Coach in recognition for his or her achievements and work on behalf of high school coaches and the advancement of the strength and conditioning profession” – NSCA.

Darnell Clark: 2014


Nutrition Program

Our athletic department is dedicated to our students' health and athletic performance, and our focus with the nutrition program is to provide education about properly fueling our athletes for school day learning, after school practice, and all competition. Several Country Day staff members as well as Carolina Panthers’ nutritionist, Jennifer Brunelli, work closely with all participants to provide food packages, education, and resources for our athletes, coaches, and families.

Internship Program

Our Strength and Conditioning Internship and Assistantship Program is a cooperative effort that is designed to provide current college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to obtain professional experience in the field of strength and conditioning. The purpose of this experience is to augment formal classroom instruction, experiment with theory and concepts, utilize practical applications, and begin the development of professional competency. Participants will also be exposed to different philosophies and ideas and become an active participant in integrating methodology into our system of training.

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Meet Our Staff

Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS*D, RSCC*D
Director of Strength and Conditioning
(704) 943-4781 | E-mail

Drew Witman
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
(704) 943-4699 | E-mail