|Title:||Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
The USM Department of Athletics is welcoming a familiar face in a new role as Jim Giroux will join the department staff as a full-time strength and conditioning coach and fitness center coordinator. No stranger to the athletic teams in Gorham, Giroux has been a member of the coaching staff of the Huskies' perennially successful women's track and field program since 2005.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that Jim Giroux has joined our staff on a full-time basis. Jim has been part of our women's track staff for many years and we are now able to fully utilize his talents as our Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Manager," noted Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Jim has great experience and is immensely knowledgeable in the area of strength training. He has a proven track record, an excellent way of working with student-athletes and will be a tremendous asset to both our athletic programs and to all of our facility users."
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.