"John is extremely knowledgeable in all phases of the job. He will bring
out the best in our players and get the most out of our strength program,"
Coach Johnson said.
Sisk, 32, takes control of the Commodore conditioning program just than two
weeks before the university unveils its state-of-the-art, $800,000 weight
room intended for the football squad.
"This is a great opportunity, especially with the chance to come into a
facility that you can shape and mode into it something special. But I'm
blessed to be working with the kids and someone like Coach Johnson. I
believe in his philosophy and how he gets things accomplished. I look
forward to working closely with the Vanderbilt student-athletes," Sisk said.
Johnson and Sisk worked together at Furman in 1994. Sisk was a strength
and conditioning assistant during Johnson's initial year at the Paladin
At Clemson, Sisk was responsible for the conditioning of all
skilled-position athletes. His conditioning pupils included quarterback
and 2001 Heisman Trophy candidate Woodrow Dantzler, All-American wide
receiver Rod Gardner, current Green Bay Packer cornerback Antwan Edwards,
and current Cleveland Brown defender Rahim Abdullah.
Sisk, a native of Waynesville, N.C., played football at Western Carolina,
graduating with a degree in sports administration. He spent three years as
an assistant at his high school alma mater in Waynesville before joining
Joey Batson's conditioning staff at Furman University in 1993. Two years
later, he was named to guide the strength and conditioning program at
Western Carolina. In 1997, Sisk rejoined his Furman mentor at Clemson
where he has served until accepting the Vanderbilt position.