Dennis Murray

Dennis Murray

Strength Coach

Bench-390 lb max

Squat- 460 lb max

Clean & Jerk- 335 lb max

Snatch- 250 lb max


M.S Athletic coaching from West Virginia University

C.S.C.S (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from NSCA

About Coach

Growing up in a little town in West Virginia as a farm boy, I played basketball (10 yrs), baseball (6 yrs), and soccer (4 yrs). After high school, I attended West Virginia University and completed an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology. During my senior year of undergrad, I served as an intern with the athletic strength and conditioning staff at West Virginia University. After completion of my undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a graduate assistant with the strength staff for 2 years. In 2008 I followed the head strength coach to the University of Michigan and began as an assistant strength coach and was promoted to a coordinator position. During my tenure with both universities, I have worked with hundreds of athletes and sports, both collegiate and professional. Collegiate sports programs that I have trained in included: football, men's/women's basketball, gymnastics, men's/women's soccer, baseball, rowing, track & field, and volleyball. Professional athletes that I have trained included: football, baseball, hockey, golf track & field, bull riding, and soccer. The six years of experience that I have had on the collegiate and professional level have helped me transition various coaching techniques and programs to all kinds of athletes. Some of the accomplishments that I was fortunate to be a part of were 3 bowl appearances and 1 BCS bowl appearance (Football) and a program's first-ever final four appearances (Men's Soccer).

Turning Point

The turning point in my career as a coach was early in my career I was told that I was an average coach and will not make it in the field due to my skillset and should pursue another career path. Since that point, I dedicated myself to prove them wrong. I was able to do this by dedicating myself to research on how to become a better coach, furthering my knowledge through education, and working harder than anyone else to become a better coach. With that, I proved them wrong and they wanted me to join their staff when we transitioned to the University of Michigan. To this date, if you would ask them, they would tell you that I was able to prove them wrong and knows what it takes to succeed.

Motivation & Passion

With the experiences and knowledge that I have obtained, I strive to help others achieve their strength and fitness goals by providing them the tools to do so. I have been fortunate to have been provided the tools to help individuals become better athletes in their sport, build strength after an injury or just become stronger people overall. The motivation to coach comes from seeing others succeed in meeting their fitness goals.

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