Gators Welcome Return of Justin McClelland as Strength Coordinator

Justin McClelland returns to the Florida Gators as a strength and conditioning coordinator after spending the 2016-17 season at East Carolina University where he trained the Pirate’s men’s basketball team.

McClelland spent the 2015-16 campaign in Gainesville, working under Preston Green, the Gator men’s team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. In addition to training with the men’s hoops squad and Green, McClelland also implemented programs for the men’s tennis and men’s golf teams.

McClelland replaces Tyler Stuart, who resigned to take the men’s basketball strength and conditioning coordinator position at the University of New Mexico.

Justin McClelland at a Glance

Responsibilities: Designs and implements year-round strength, speed and conditioning workouts for the Gator women’s basketball, women’s tennis and women’s golf teams; guides each student-athlete through an individual training program designed to enhance strength as well as explosive power, speed, agility, endurance, coordination, balance and flexibility.

 Joined UF Staff: July of 2017

Prior to UF:

  • East Carolina University (2016-17) – Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
  • University of Florida (2015-16) – Men’s Basketball Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

o   Assisted in the development and implementation of year-long periodization sport specific training/conditioning programs for Men’s Basketball, Tennis and Golf programs

  • Villanova University (2014-15) – Men’s Basketball Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. (2013-15) – Director of Strength and Conditioning
  • Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. (Spring of 2013, 2014) – Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Villanova University (Spring of 2011) – Internship as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach


  • Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. – B.S. in Exercise Science, 2011
  • California University of Pennsylvania – Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

 Hometown: Naugatuck, Conn.

Professional Organizations and Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) September 2013 – present
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW – L1SP) June 2014 – present
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) November 2015 – present
  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer May 2010 – present
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion (CSSE) through NASE February 2015 – present
  • American Council of Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification) June 2012 – present


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