Craig Edwards Joins UNH Strength and Conditioning Staff

DURHAM, N.H. – Paul Chapman, director of strength and conditioning at the University of New Hampshire, announced Friday the hiring of Craig Edwards as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

“Craig has been interning with us for nearly two years and has been an integral part of the strength and conditioning team,” said Chapman. “Strength and conditioning is an important part of collegiate athletics and we strive to provide our student-athletes with the best possible service we can provide them. I know Craig will play a vital role in helping the department accomplish that goal.”

Edwards will supervise, direct and train student-athletes in regards to exercise and lifting techniques. He will work with Chapman and associate director of strength and conditioning John Ciani. Edwards will also work as a coordinator for Healthy UNH, specifically as the instructor for noon-time faculty/staff strength and conditioning. Healthy UNH’s mission is to promote a campus-wide initiative that encourages faculty, staff and students to improve their health while decreasing health care costs.

Edwards started as a strength and conditioning intern at UNH in September 2012. He helped develop and oversee a comprehensive training program for men’s and women’s track and field, focusing on sprints and jumps. Edwards also worked with men’s basketball, volleyball, field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and swimming and diving.

Prior to joining the Wildcats, Edwards worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Woburn, Mass. from January-September 2012. There, he implemented strength and conditioning programs for athletes of various ages.

Edwards holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is CPR certified by the American Red Cross.

Edwards earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Merrimack College in 2007 and his master of science degree in Exercise Science from California University in California, Pa., in 2013.

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