Performance Training Program

Our full-time performance coaching staff provide professional-level training to all St. John’s student athletes. Innovative, evidence-based strength and conditioning programs are customized by sport to give each athlete the tools they need to take their performance to the next level.

The health of each St. John's athlete is a top priority. Injury prevention, recovery training and optimal nutrition practices are emphasized in the performance training program.
St. John’s offers fundamentals of nutrition, sport performance nutrition, and multiple weight training classes during the academic year that are open to any interested student. In addition, each athletic team receives sport-specific training year-round from the performance coaches.

Program Highlights

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  • Strength Training

    Our comprehensive training programs are designed to target the entire body using multi-joint movements (including Olympic training). Athletes train I n world-class facilities in the Contreras '08 Performance & Skills Development Wing located in the Center for Performance and Leadership.
  • Cardiovascular Training

    Interval training that incorporates stationary bikes, jump ropes, stadium runs, sleds, prowlers and drills on the multi-purpose turf field.
  • Movement Training

    Linear acceleration development, multidirectional development, and max velocity development designed to teach athletes to move more efficient and effectively.
  • Speed and Agility Training

    Linear and multidirectional drills designed to teach athletes to move more effectively.
  • Prehabilitation Training

    Sport-specific training to correct imbalances and weaknesses in the body that could lead to injury.
  • Recovery Training

    Athletes receive nutrition plans and learn myofascial release techniques designed to return their body to a normal state of mental and physical health in order to prepare them for the next practice or competition.
  • Nutrition

    Introduce athletes to principles of sports nutrition and performance. Emphasizes the selection of the right food choices to optimize sports performance, the importance of hydration, pre- during- and post- exercise fueling and recovery nutrition.
  • Mental Skills

    Using the athletics platform, students develop mental tools and fortitude to be successful in demanding environments (e.g. goal setting, energy control, self talk, visualization etc). 

Meet the Trainers

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  • Photo of Matt Smith

    Matt Smith 

    Assistant Director of Athletics & Director of Sport Performance
    202-363-2316 x1141
  • Photo of Mike Ward

    Mike Ward 

    Associate Head Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator & Assistant Director of Performance
    202-363-2316 x1101