26 Jul Concordia Hires Danny Baladi as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
IRVINE, Calif. – Faith, family and the future.
These are three subjects Danny Baladi cares deeply about and ultimately helped him realize the next step in his journey.
On Tuesday, Concordia University Irvine Athletics announced that Baladi is joining the CUI family as the school’s new head strength and conditioning coach.
Baladi comes to Concordia from Fresno Pacific University with strong ties throughout the PacWest Conference, along with experience at building up the fitness levels of student-athletes at both the NCAA DI and NCAA DII levels.
“I was attracted by CUI because of three things,” explained Baladi. “First, the faith-based community on campus. I want to continue sharing my faith and being an outlet to student-athletes. Secondly, I have many family members and friends that live in the surrounding area, this opportunity brings me closer to them. And finally, I like the plans and future development of the University. The new theology building, the upcoming performance center; I love the investment that’s clearly being made to grow athletics and advance the mission of the university.”
“We are so fortunate to have found someone of Danny’s character and knowledge come on board,” said CUI athletic director Crystal Rosenthal. “He will elevate every program immediately and help to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience. We are all so excited and feel so blessed that our institution has invested in our athletics program once again showing the commitment Concordia University Irvine has to be excellent on and off the field.”
For the past five years, Baladi worked at Fresno Pacific as the first-ever head strength and conditioning coach for the Sunbirds. Baladi oversaw the strength and conditioning efforts for all 14 Sunbird athletics programs since joining FPU in August of 2016.
Prior to his time at FPU, he worked at NCAA Division I St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. During his time there, he held the position of strength and conditioning coach and focused on serving the women’s lacrosse, rowing, cross country/track and men’s tennis programs. Baladi also assisted as the assistant strength and condition coach for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and soccer. He was responsible for the development and implementation of specific weight training and conditioning programs for the respective programs.
“I couldn’t have even considered this opportunity if it wasn’t for the experience and wisdom gained from my previous coaching stops,” added Baladi. “Being in the PacWest for the last five years has really given me a deeper understanding of the various teams, their needs and what has to happen to be successful in this conference. I believe my experiences in the past will contribute greatly to the spiritual, physical and mental growth of all CUI athletes!”
In addition, Baladi served as the graduate intern supervisor, the exercise lab supervisor and an instructor for an activity course in the kinesiology department for the Gaels. He was also awarded the Student-Employee of the Year for the 2014-15 school year by St. Mary’s.
Before joining the staff at St. Mary’s, Baladi held the position of strength and conditioning coach for the women’s soccer program at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. He developed comprehensive and systematic exercise plans on a weekly basis, along with daily maintenance and correction of student-athlete injuries and muscular imbalances.
A 2013 graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in applied exercise science, Baladi earned his master’s in 2016 from St. Mary’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness management.
Baladi holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also has acquired a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Please join us in welcoming Danny Baladi to the CUI Family!
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