Shaun Snee named Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

Shaun Snee named Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

Longtime assistant tabbed to run Wisconsin’s weight room

 Credit Source: University of Wisconsin Athletics



MADISON, Wis. – Already an experienced and respected presence in the Badgers’ weight room, Shaun Snee was named Monday as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning at Wisconsin.

In his new role, Snee has day-to-day oversight of the Badgers’ football strength and conditioning program, a program he had served for the past six seasons as an assistant coach.

Beyond his core strength and conditioning role, Snee’s responsibilities as an assistant coach previously included overseeing the team’s nutrition program, leading sports science initiatives like the use of Catapult GPS software, managing injured players’ return-to-play progressions and serving as the strength program’s internship coordinator.

He now leads the strength and conditioning staff, which includes returning assistant coaches John Graves, Kyle Costigan and Ty Taylor and works closely with football performance dietician Sophie Pomrehn.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue developing the culture we’ve built in our strength and conditioning program,” Snee said. “I’d like to thank Coach Chryst and our administration for their belief in what we’re doing to develop the young men in our program. I’m also beyond thankful to my wife, Sarah, my parents, Ed and Diane, and my brothers, Ed, Chris and Dan, for all of the guidance and support that has allowed me to pursue this passion.”

Snee takes over for Ross Kolodziej, who had served as UW’s head strength and conditioning coach for six years before being named Wisconsin’s defensive line coach last month.

“There may be some tweaks here and there, but the fundamentals of our approach to strength and conditioning won’t change,” Snee said. “I’m fortunate to work with a great staff and we will continue to take a holistic approach to developing our guys that’s rooted in the science of mental and physical performance.”

Prior to joining the UW staff, Snee spent 2014 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UMass, where he worked with the football, men’s hockey, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, diving and field hockey teams and was head strength and conditioning coach for the baseball program.

During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Pittsburgh under current UW head coach Paul Chryst. Snee studied dietetics during his first year at Pitt.

He also participated in several academic internships while an undergraduate student in exercise science at East Stroudsburg University, including coaching at a private facility that trained special needs youth powerlifting in 2011 and working with the NC State football program in the summer of 2010.

Snee is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Certified Sports Nutritionist through the ISSN, USAW Level I Sports Performance Coach and also holds National Association for Speed & Explosion, Functional Movement Screening Level 1 and Reflexive Performance Reset Level 1 certifications.

A native of Montrose, Pennsylvania, Snee’s interest in strength and conditioning began in high school, following the lead of brothers Dan and Chris. Dan played fullback at Lycoming College, while Chris is a two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl selection who played 10 seasons on the New York Giants’ offensive line.

An accident in junior high led to complications that drove Snee’s passion in the field, including his interest in kinesiology and involvement in powerlifting and strongman events.

Snee graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and is currently pursuing his PhD in health and human performance.

Snee and his wife, Sarah, have a daughter, Maeve.


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