PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2016) – David VanDyke, who spent the past 11 years at Stony Brook, including the last two as Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance, has been named Assistant Athletics Director-Strength and Conditioning at Rutgers University.
He arrives “On the Banks” with 18 years of performance coaching experience and will work extensively with basketball, while overseeing strength and conditioning for 23 the Scarlet Knights’ 24 programs.
“We are very excited to welcome David into the Rutgers family,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Patrick Hobbs. “The physical well-being of our students is of primary concern. Coach VanDyke has a successful record of enabling young men and women to achieve peak performance.”
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to help student-athletes excel, both on and off the field, at Rutgers University,” said VanDyke. “I have had the good fortune of working with Coach (Steve) Pikiell for many years. To further that relationship, while building many others under the leadership of Pat Hobbs, is a blessing. I can’t wait to work with our programs to help shape success in the Big Ten Conference.”
VanDyke was elevated to Assistant Athletics Director at SBU after serving nine years as Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning. He was responsible for the mental and physical development of all 20 of Stony Brook intercollegiate programs and oversaw more than 10,000 square feet of strength and conditioning space, including the brand new $4.3 million Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center. VanDyke was instrumental in the facility’s design and had direct responsibility over coordinating equipment purchases and layout.
During his tenure in Long Island, VanDyke helped SBU win 27 regular or post-season conference championships across men’s basketball, baseball, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis. Baseball advanced to the 2012 College World Series, men’s basketball earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2016, football advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Div. I Championship and men’s lacrosse was an NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist in 2010. VanDyke was named Stony Brook Coach of the Year in 2004.
Before his arrival at Stony Brook in August 2004, VanDyke served as a strength and conditioning coach at La Salle from 2001-04. He worked with head coaches and student-athletes to tailor programs for 12 sports, including football, baseball, softball, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and lacrosse. In addition to his duties at La Salle, VanDyke assisted with the Philadelphia Eagles off-season strength and conditioning program.
Prior to La Salle, VanDyke served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Penn State from 1998-2001. In State College, he worked with the football and boxing programs to develop in-season and off-season strength training programs, cultivating strategies to augment the abilities of the student-athletes.
VanDyke began his career as strength and conditioning intern at Texas A&M in the summer of 1998, assisting with strength and conditioning programs for football, tennis, women’s basketball and women’s soccer.
A 1998 graduate of Penn State, VanDyke earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology while on football scholarship for the Nittany Lions. He received his Master of Science in Kinesiology from Penn State in 2001 with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.