One of the nation's longest-tenured coaches, Falcone serves as Duke's Director of Strength and Conditioning. The Durham native has been on the Duke staff since 1980. Falcone, a 1976 graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's degree in history, lettered three seasons as a defensive tackle on the football team. Working with the Blue Devil gridiron program, Falcone has tutored 12 All-Americas, five ACC Players of the Year and 32 first team All-ACC selections.
In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must meet the following criteria: Hold a minimum of a bachelors degree; be a currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level; hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa); hold the CSCCa Certification – SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified); and be a full-time, collegiate, and/or professional strength & conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years.
Ten collegiate strength and conditioning coaches received the prestigious certification of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at the 2008 MSCC Ceremony: Gary Calcagno (Oklahoma State University); Falcone (Duke University); Chuck Faucette (St. Louis Rams); John Grieco (UNLV); Marc Hill (University of Kentucky); Barry Kagan (University of Maryland); Donnie Maib (University of Texas); Ethan Reeve (Wake Forest University); Scott Reeves (Texas A&M University); and David Williams (Liberty University). These ten coaches joined the existing 60 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC's to 70.