Dan Eason was named Director of the Wellness Center in 2001.
Eason comes to Nacogdoches by way of Orlando, Fla., where he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Central Florida. Prior to his stop at UCF, Eason spent two seasons as a graduate assistant strength coach and coordinator of sports nutrition at Tennessee. He started his coaching career at Chowan College, where he spent three seasons as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach.
Eason played college football at Southwest Missouri State. He graduated from Southwest Missouri in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. He went on to get his master's degree in human performance and sports studies from Tennessee in 2000.
Eason is married to the former Angel Damian. The couple has a daughter, Violet.
Mark Mitchell is in his second season as Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at SFA after beginning in August of 2012. Prior to joining the Lumberjacks, Mitchell began coaching career at Eastern Michigan University where he served as an intern on the EMU Sports Performance staff. From there he went on to be an intern with the football strength and conditioning staff at The Ohio State University.
Prior to joining the Lumberjacks he served as a Strength & Conditioning Assistant Coach at Western Michigan University, supporting the WMU football and men's tennis teams.
Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan and was a three-year letterman as a defensive back on the Eagles football team. He went on to complete his Master's degree in Sport Performance at Western Michigan University in 2012. He holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and The United States Weight Lifting Association.
Strength & Conditioning Asst.
Joseph Boyd was named assistant strength & conditioning coach in July of 2013. Boyd came to SFA after spending the previous year as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA). While at KSU, Boyd oversaw the design and implementation of training programs for women's soccer, women's lacrosse, men's and women's golf, men's and women's Tennis, and track and field throws. Prior to his stop at Kennesaw State, Boyd spent two seasons as the graduate assistant strength & conditioning coach at Arkansas State University. Boyd started his coaching career as an intern at Mississippi State University in 2008. Boyd played football for Ouachita Baptist University (NCAA Div II) from 2005-2008. He graduated from OBU in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Boyd went on to earn his first Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Mississippi State in 2010 and a second Master's in Sports Administration from Arkansas State in 2012. Boyd also holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength And Conditioning Coaches Association, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, and United States Weightlifting.
Lumberjack Strength and Conditioning
The strength training facility is designed to provide athletes with the most comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning programs available under the direction of a staff that is committed to the safe and effective development of our athletes.
There are 12 Olympic platforms and 6 dual power racks which provide a total of 24 stations to perform our core movements as well as various plate loaded machines to aid in the development of our athletes. In addition there is a sports nutrition counter utilized to provide our athletes with body composition and nutritional assessments.
Programming is based on the systematic development of speed, strength, and conditioning levels to improve athletic performance. Each phase of training places a focus on force production, rate of force production, and the transfer of force to athletic movement while emphasizing free weights to adequately load musculature and promote functional strength.
The Lumberjack Strength and Conditioning program is designed to promote movement efficiency and mental toughness. Athletes will have the ability to be in a better position to handle the dynamic movements and impact of the game while maintaining focus for the duration of a competitive season and the relentless pursuit of championships.
Facilitate the long term development of our athletes to maximize athleticism and decrease the risk of injury so that they may consistently perform under highly competitive situations.
Ensure the focus of the athletes training is balanced and regulated to develop high levels of physical preparation while promoting competitive toughness thru a physically and mentally challenging program.
Provide quality instruction and supervision to ensure the safe and effective development of the athletes through careful organization and regulation of training to ensure that the training plan is compatible with practice, games, and travel schedules.
- Nutrition Meal Plans
- Fast Food Meal Plans
- Athletes Shopping List
- Pre and Post Competition for Team Sports
- Pre and Post Competition for Explosive Power Sports
- Recovery Nutrition
Exercise Index Videos & Demonstrations
Football Strength & Conditioning Programs
Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning Programs
- Power Clean
- Clean Pull
- Front Squat
- Bench Press
- Incline Bench Press
- Bent-Over Row
- Straight Leg Sit-Up
- Russian Twist
- Seated Diagonal Chops