"I am very pleased with the selection of Michael Joseph as our Director of Strength & Conditioning," said Russ Sharp, Associate Director of Athletics for Finance and Administration and the chair of the search committee. "We conducted a national search with many excellent candidates and tremendous interest. Michael brings knowledge of the program, exceptional credentials, a great attitude and tremendous recommendations to this position, and we are all looking forward to his getting started here at WVU."
Joseph, who comes to WVU from Notre Dame, will administer, coordinate, develop, implement and teach strength and conditioning programs for all Mountaineer student athletes with a major emphasis on the football program.
"I grew up around West Virginia athletics and went to school there so I am extremely excited to be able to come back home for my dream job," Joseph said. "West Virginia is one of the best in the nation, both academically or athletically and I am very impressed by the administration's commitment to each. Especially over the past few years, the athletic program has become one of the elite programs in the nation. I am looking forward to working with each student-athlete and team to try and advance them to a higher level. I can't wait to get started."
Joseph served for five years as the assistant strength coach at Notre Dame (2003-present), working with football and is responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, volleyball, and softball.
"The Mountaineer family is thrilled to be able to attract and hire what we believe is the finest young strength coach in the country," WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart said. "Having worked with Mike earlier in his career at WVU, he has proven he not only has the knowledge to be successful in the position but has the character and integrity that we want here at West Virginia. Not only will he be an outstanding coach for our football program, but the entire group of student athletes and coaches will benefit from his experience."
At Notre Dame, he worked with the head strength coach with football, assisting with workouts, testing, conditioning, speed and agility training and in-season and offseason training schedules on a daily basis. He was responsible for developing and training the quarterbacks, tight ends, linebackers, fullbacks and injured players. He also had the same responsibilities with the sports of baseball, volleyball and softball. Also part of his duties included the supervision and maintenance of the facility and equipment and scheduling all student-athletes for the school's 27 sports.
"The strength and conditioning regiments of each team on campus is vital to their success. I look forward to working with such a motivated and accomplished coach like Mike Joseph," said WVU Women's Soccer Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, who served on the search committee. "I am confident he will continue to aid in the success of Mountaineer athletics."
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he spent two years as an assistant strength coach at Eastern Michigan (2001-03), where he was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men's and women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, and handled football duties as well. He assisted in the supervision and maintenance of the facility and equipment, developed and organized nutrition meeting with the student athletes on a weekly basis and was responsible for monitoring the progress and testing of all athletes.
"When the hiring process began for the strength coach position, it was very important to all the coaches in the athletic department that we didn't take a step backward," said Craig Turnbull, WVU Wrestling Coach who also served on the search committee. "That position has become an integral part in the training and development of each of our teams. I was very impressed with Mike Joseph during his interview, his knowledge, ability to communicate and the way he carried himself.
"I remember recruiting him to wrestle while he was in high school. His high school coach gave him an excellent recommendation and said he was well-conditioned, had a lot of determination, hard working and was a very intense worker who did whatever he needed to do to get the job done. Those are the same attributes an outstanding strength coach needs to have to be successful."
Joseph was a graduate assistant at WVU for two years (1999-2001), where he worked with football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and baseball. He supervised the group of interns and volunteers and prepared and monitored nutritional meetings for athletes on a weekly basis. He assisted with the coordinating and testing of all teams with emphasis on football, men's basketball and baseball.
While working at Healthworks Fitness and Rehabilitation in Morgantown during the 2001 summer, Joseph developed programs for athletes for strength, speed, agility and explosive development. He worked with athletes on an individual and group basis for sport enhancement training. He also assisted and coordinated preseason physical and sport performance evaluations for local area athletes and worked with physical therapists and athletic trainers in rehabilitation techniques and development for therapy programs.
Joseph also served as a camp instructor at the Mountain State Speed and Strength Camp hosted by WVU from May 2000 until April 2001. He assisted in instruction and implementation of conditioning, strength, speed, agility and flexibility training of young athletes in the area. He demonstrated and instructed athletes on proper exercise techniques and nutrition.
From Aug. 1998 until May 1999, he was the strength and conditioning coach at Fairmont State. He designed and implemented the training programs for football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. He coordinated strength, conditioning, speed, agility and flexibility for all student-athletes. He also coached the running backs for the football program.
He has served as a guest speaker and instructor at many camps and clinics, has been a classroom instructor and was the state director for the National Association of Speed and Explosion. He coached 10 Strength & Conditioning All-Americans, 10 football players who earned All-America honors and more than 100 athletes who were either drafted or signed free agent contracts in the NFL.
He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in biology and received his master's degree from West Virginia in physical education with an emphasis in sport movement and development.
While at Fairmont State, Joseph was a four-year letterman and three-year captain on the football team from 1994-97. He was a three-time first-team all-WVIAC selection and was named the WVIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. He was a 1997 regional All-American, a Burger King Scholar Athlete and a WVIAC Scholar Athlete. He was selected the vice president of the student-athlete advisory committee and to the Fairmont State Student Council.
He is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA).