Teams at the University of Southern Maine participate in strength and conditioning programs designed to improve their on field/court performance. Different methods are used to achieve this goal. Strength is improved through the use of Olympic and power-lifting variations as well as rotational and unilateral exercises. Medicine balls and plyometrics are used to link strength improvements with speed. Lateral and linear speed are ultimately trained in an open setting to enhance the carryover to athletes' sport. Conditioning methods include use of tempo running, circuits and eventually work/rest intervals that match the demands of each sport.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach: Jim Giroux
A member of the Huskies' women's track & field coaching staff for the last 12 seasons, Jim took on additional responsibilities as a member of the Huskies' Athletic Staff in August of 2017 assuming the role of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Supervisor/Coordinator. In his role as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jim works with all 22 of USM's intercollegiate teams aiding with off-season, in-season and out-of-season workouts to improve strength, increase speed, and become more powerful athletes in the field of competition.
A graduate of Nichols College with a degree in Business Administration, Giroux earned his Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Giroux is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds licensing from the Unites States Track and Field Association, USA Weightlifting and has been certified in Functional Movement Screening.
With a passion for lifelong fitness and optimal performance for athletes of all ability levels, Giroux is familiar not only with members of the women’s track and field program but nearly all of USM’s approximate 500 student-athletes on an interim basis during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to his appointment at Southern Maine, Giroux has also served as personal trainer/coach at Dynamics Fitness and Performance since 2010, and as a member of the coaching staff for the Gorham High School indoor and outdoor track and field programs. Giroux was also an Assistant Track & Field Coach with the University of Massachusetts from 1988 through 2000.
With the advances in the study of human performance, it is a necessity at all levels – NCAA Division III through the professional ranks – to have a dedicated certified strength and conditioning coach on staff. Giroux’s expertise and familiarity with USM’s student-athletes is a great asset to USM athletics, its coaching staff and student-athletes.