Building a good strength and conditioning program can be hard when you don’t necessarily have a strength and conditioning coach.
Dan Giuliani experienced this difficulty firsthand while playing football at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Particularly in Divisions II and III, NCAA athletics programs live this reality on a daily basis.
As a football player pursuing a bachelor’s degree in government, Giuliani followed training programs designed by a coaching staff that did its best but was working outside its area of expertise. It wasn’t until he graduated in 2006 that Giuliani realized the strength and conditioning models he and his teammates used could be more effective. He spent a year at Endicott College as an assistant football coach and strength and conditioning coach before co-founding Volt Athletics.
Seattle-based Volt aims to solve one of the primary challenges facing coaches and athletics directors today: providing safe, sport-specific training to athletes while working within a tight budget.
Volt uses an online platform to provide coaches with hands-on support via telephone conversations, video chats, emails and text messages for sport-specific and athlete-specific strength and conditioning training programs. The workouts are designed by some of the top leaders in the strength and conditioning field.
Giuliani, who is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, says schools could expect to pay $20-$40 per athlete per year, with team rates of about $1,000 per year. Volt now works with more than 100 NCAA schools as clients, representing about 400 NCAA teams and 10,000 student-athletes.
“Coaches tell us what equipment they have available at their school, and we’ll tailor the program around the space and equipment they have,” Giuliani says.
The latest addition: a feature that allows student-athletes to log in and access a personalized workout each day or each week and also enables teammates to track one another’s progress.
“We want to create a resource that could fill that gap and bring structure and expertise that full-time strength coaches deliver to their athletes at the Division I level,” says Giuliani, who also has a master’s degree in sports administration and leadership from Seattle University. “We wanted to create an affordable mechanism at the Division II and Division III levels so they can bring it to their kids.”