Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the hiring of Denison graduate Bert Bathiany '09 as the department's new head strength and conditioning coach and assistant football coach.
As Denison's head of strength and conditioning, Bathiany is responsible for the performance enhancement and injury prevention of Denison's 23 varsity sports programs. Bathiany takes over for former head strength and conditioning coach, Mark Watts, who recently accepted the Education Director position at EliteFTS.
Since 2011, Bathiany has served as the defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. where he helped the team earn 15 wins in the first three seasons of varsity football at the college. He implemented all workouts for the football team in addition to monitoring nutrition and hydration.
Prior to his promotion to defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach, Bathiany spent the 2010 season Lindsey Wilson's graduate assistant coach where he worked with the defensive line and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Bathiany graduated Cum Laude from Denison in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in sports management. He received his masters in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2012.
At Denison, Bathiany was a three-year starter at linebacker and safety for the Big Red football team. He was a second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection in 2008 and was named the team's defensive MVP that season. In three seasons at Denison he recorded 132 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and four interceptions. Off the field he spent one year as a Denison strength and conditioning intern, working closely with the football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and lacrosse programs.
In addition to his time at Lindsey Wilson, Bathiany also spent the 2009 season as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Western Kentucky where he worked with the Hilltoppers' football and men's and women's track and field teams.
Bathiany is a certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. A native of Fort Thomas, Ky., he is a 2005 graduate of Highlands High School. He and his wife, Haley, are the parents of a newborn son, Albert.