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MFOOT grads take over Strength & Conditioning

WATERLOO, Ont. (April 27, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce that Greg Nyhof and Taylor Smith have been hired as Strength and Conditioning Co-Coordinators effective May 1.

Nyhof and Smith, who are both Laurier graduates, were members of the Golden Hawks football team during their time at Laurier. They also both served as student leaders within the Athletics and Recreation department with Nyhof holding the title of Fit Centre Coordinator for the last two years while Smith was the Personal Training Coordinator for two years.

“I am excited to welcome both Greg and Taylor to our team,” said Interuniversity Sport Coordinator RYAN LANNAN on the hirings. “Not only are both individuals extremely qualified to deliver a high-performance program, but as former student-athletes, they have a unique understanding of the day-to-day lives of our athletes and what it takes to succeed as an athlete during the course of a 12-month schedule.”

Both Nyhof and Smith hold CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Football/Power Athlete certifications while Smith is also a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. The two are also currently working to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

“Taylor and I are extremely excited to take on this new role within Laurier Athletics and Recreation,” said Nyhof of the new opportunity. “Having both played a varsity sport for the last five years at Laurier, we know what it takes to compete at that level and how important strength and conditioning is to each and every athlete's career. I feel so fortunate to have had the five-year experience that I did at Laurier, and I am extremely excited to be able to give back while remaining involved with the program.”

Nyhof and Smith are currently in the process of transitioning to their new roles with outgoing Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Alena Luciani, who is leaving to pursue post-graduate education in the United States.

“I would like to sincerely thank Alena for all her dedication, commitment, expertise and passion she has demonstrated during her time in the role,” said Lannan on Luciani’s time at Laurier. “She has developed this area from the ground up and is leaving a strong foundation for the future. Alena’s commitment to this department has been a true testament to what it means to be to Golden Hawk.” 

“Alena did an amazing job paving the way for us,” added Smith. “I'm excited for Greg and myself to build on what she has worked so hard to establish here in the department and put our own touch on the program.”

Nyhof and Smith can be reached by e-mail at gnyhof@laurierathletics.com and tsmith@laurierathletics.com.

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