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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #274: Todd Hamer "Be More Flexible Than Glass"


Todd Hamer, a 20-year veteran in the collegiate strength and conditioning field, has been named Director of Strength and Conditioning at George Washington University, Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel announced on Aug. 20.

Hamer comes to GW after spending the last 12 years at Robert Morris University, where he was responsible for training and overseeing student-athletes in more than 20 sports as the Director of Strength and Conditioning.

“Todd fully embraces and embodies our department’s mission and values,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel. “His extensive background aligns perfectly with Associate Athletics Director Chris Hennelly. The two will work together to continue our steadfast commitment to student-athlete health and well-being while bolstering our efforts to improve human performance.”

Prior to his stint at Robert Morris, Hamer was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at George Mason (2004-07). That was preceded by strength and conditioning positions with Marist College, The Citadel and VCU.

"I am excited and honored to be named director of strength and conditioning at George Washington University,” said Hamer. “Under Tanya's leadership, the athletic department will achieve great success, and I can't wait to become a part of the process of improving our student-athletes. I am also humbled to join the small fraternity of strength coaches who have worked at GW. I hope to continue the success they have had and build upon the work that has already been done."

Hamer earned his bachelor of science in exercise science at Penn State University in 1999, and completed a masters in sports leadership at VCU in 2002. He is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, while also holding a membership with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. A nominee for the NSCA 2018 Strength Coach of the Year, Hamer is also a regular contributor to training websites and magazines.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Developing athletes outside of the weight room.

  • Challenges of the Strength and Conditioning profession.

  • His personal continuing education strategy.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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