BOULDER - Greg Finnegan, who has spent the last five years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Colorado, athletic director Dick Tharp announced Wednesday.
Finnegan, 34, is no stranger to college athletics, as prior to working five seasons with the Jaguars, he spent two-and-a-half years as the director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning at Boston College. Prior to be named as BC's top man, he was an assistant at both BC (six months) and Kansas State (two years).
All university appointments are subject to the approval of CU-Boulder chancellor Richard Byyny.
"I was particularly impressed with Greg's dedication to and passion for providing young people the proper tools and techniques to succeed in a highly competitive environment, with a proper focus on our educational mission," Tharp said in making the hire.
"Greg Finnegan's Division I experience of handling 30-plus sports and 1,400 athletes and his NFL experience will make him a great asset to the athletic department, and a tremendous resource for our athletes," head football coach Gary Barnett added.
At Jacksonville, he performed a variety of duties, including developing and implementing strength, speed and conditioning programs; research methods to improve all areas of the program (speed, strength, power, balance, agility, flexibility, conditioning, supplementation and injury prevention), consult and advise the athletes on proper nutrition, and developing instructional methods of teaching technique. He also dabbled a bit in coaching, assisting the defensive staff in breaking down opponent film and helping the defensive line coach in practice. He was on the staff of the '99 Jaguar team that posted a 14-2 regular season record and advanced to the AFC Championship game. At Boston College, he oversaw the conditioning programs for 33 varsity teams, one of the largest Division I-A programs on the East Coast.
"I'm very excited, Colorado is a dream job to come to," Finnegan said. "I think the biggest thing I bring to the program is my enthusiasm and passion for the kids and to make them better athletes. My background has given me a chance to work in a good athletic department that was one of the bigger ones in Division I as far as the number of programs, but in the pros, I was able to learn a lot of specialties and had the chance to work more on an individual basis with the athletes. So I think it's a great combination of experience that I'm able to bring to CU."
He earned bachelor's degree in 1992 from Cornell University, where he was the first-team all-Ivy League center in both 1989 and 1990 and team captain his senior season in 1991. He received his master's from Kansas State in 1994 in exercise physiology, and it was in Manhattan where he began his career as a graduate teaching assistant. He also had some experience as a student athletic trainer, working six months at Cornell while he finished his degree in 1992, assisting with injury rehabilitation and performing a research study on nutritional supplements.
Academically, he was a four-time member of the Deans' List, twice at both Cornell and K-State, and had earned an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy out of high school.
The Toledo, Ohio native is married to the former Lyn Kendrick and is the father of four, daughter Abigail (8) and sons Benjamin (6), William (3) and Nathaniel (born this past April 26).