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Lafayette Adds Brand as Strength and Conditioning Coach

July 22, 2005

EASTON, Pa. ( - Matt Brand will join the Lafayette athletic department as the Strength and Conditioning Coach, Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon has announced. He will begin his duties on Monday, Aug. 1.

"We are very excited to have someone of Matt's abilities join our staff at Lafayette," McCutcheon said. "We realize how critically important strength and conditioning is for our student-athletes as they prepare for competition."

Brand comes to Lafayette from Rutgers University, where he served as assistant strength and conditioning coach since August 2004 after completing an internship with the Scarlet Knights' football strength and conditioning program the previous three months.

A 2002 graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Brand was a President's Scholarship recipient. He earned his Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. in 2004.

Brand, a native of Caledonia, N.Y., is a two-time National Powerlifting Champion who holds a number of state and national powerlifting records in various sanctions and weight classes. He was the Northeast Open National Powerlifting Champion in 2003 and 2004, a gold medalist in 1999 and 2000 at the A.A.U. Junior Olympic Powerlifting Championships, and a two-time New York State High School champion. His best competition lifts are an 830-pound squat, 710 pounds in the deadlift, and 580 pounds in the bench press.

While performing his graduate internship at Rutgers, Brand assisted in all aspects and operations of the football strength and conditioning facility for the Scarlet Knights, which compete in the Big East Conference. After being promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach, Brand was responsible for all aspects of design and implementation of a program for the men's soccer team. He also assisted with the evaluation of all athletes, and with the set-up and maintenance of the facility.

Brand also completed internships at Springfield and Holy Cross while doing graduate work, and at Cornell University in the winter and spring of 2001-02 as an undergraduate at Ithaca.

Brand holds credentials from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the USA Weightlifting Club as a Level 1 Coach.

He replaces Steve Mannino, who left Lafayette earlier this month after three years on College Hill to take on the responsibilities of head strength and conditioning coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.