USF Adds Two To S&C Staff

April 21, 2008

TAMPA – University of South Florida Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning Ron McKeefery announced today the hiring of Frank Wintrich and Ray Weisenbarger as new members of the USF Strength and Conditioning staff.

Wintrich returns to USF as Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning and will work primarily with football, while Weisenbarger has been named an assistant on the staff and will work with various Olympic sports.

“We are very fortunate to have Frank Wintrich return to the University of South Florida,” said McKeefery. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our program. His being on staff will help us continue making strides towards many championships.”

Wintrich returns to USF after spending the past two seasons as the Director of Athletic Development at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Prior to his appointment to The Citadel, Wintrich served as a graduate assistant at USF, assisting McKeefery with the implementation of strength training protocols for the Bulls football program.

While at The Citadel, Wintrich directed the strength program that provided all aspects of athletic development for 15 varsity sports. Under his leadership, the program underwent a total makeover, including renovation of the strength training facility, expansion of the athletic development staff and the unification of training protocols for all athletes, while primarily working with football and baseball.

During his tenure, the Bulldog football program reached new heights, having its best record in 15 years, its first back-to-back winning conference record in 15 years and its first winning record in 10 years.  In his time with the Bulldog football program, Wintrich aided in the development of nine SoCon all-conference athletes, three all-state athletes and two All-Americans.

Before his terms at USF and The Citadel, Wintrich served for two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Utah State University and one year as a coaching assistant at Arizona State University.  He began his strength and conditioning career as the head strength coach at Hardin-Simmons University. He earned his bachelor's of science in sports and fitness management from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2002.  While at KWC, Wintrich earned two varsity letters, was nominated team captain two consecutive years and was a two time All-American at linebacker.  He attended Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla.  He currently resides in Palm Harbor with his wife, Kelly.

“Ray is a very energetic and is great on the weight room floor,” said McKeefery. “He will help us take a huge step forward with our Olympic Sports program.” 

Weisenbarger comes to USF after spending the past four months in the Sports Medicine department at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center as a Sports Performance Coordinator.

Prior to Akron General, Weisenbarger spent a year at the University of Akron as a Strength and Conditioning graduate assistant where he worked with a variety of different sports and earned his Masters Degree in Sports Science/Coaching. He also has more than three years of personal training experience.

The Troy, Ohio native is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a Sports Performance Coach Certification (USAW). He graduated from Malone (Ohio) College in August 2006 where he was a Track and Field All-American in the discus, shot put and weight throw, capturing the 2004 NAIA Outdoor shot put title and holds the Malone school record in the weight throw. He was also a member of the Akron Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field team in 2007.

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