All About the Student-Athlete with Matt Shaw; episode #19

Have you ever wondered what a comprehensive Sports Performance program looks like and the various components of a successful program? Matt Shaw, the Director of Sports Performance-University of Denver, discusses their athlete- centered model in detail.

Matt covers topics including; leadership development, program design philosophy, athlete’s needs, effectively working with Sports Administrators and coaches.


Matt Shaw enters his seventh year at the University of Denver.   As the Head Strength and Conditioning coach he oversees the strength and conditioning for hockey, Men’s basketball, Men’s soccer and Men’s/Women’s golf, while also overseeing the department’s internship program. Since his arrival in 2012, he has trained and consulted with athletes from the NHL, KHL, MLS, and MLL.

Before coming to Denver, Shaw was an assistant strength coach responsible for men’s basketball, wrestling and men’s soccer at Boston University. He started his tenure at BU as a graduate assistant, managing the strength and conditioning for men’s soccer, wrestling and golf, and assisted with men’s basketball and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.

Before his graduate assistantship, Shaw interned with University of South Carolina Football, Boston University, Harvard University, Boston University’s Athletic Enhancement Center, and Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey under the mentorship of Mike Boyle during the 2006-07 season. Shaw has earned certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Association of Speed and Explosion.

Shaw has presented at numerous symposiums and clinics including the NSCA’s State Clinic (CO), the NSCA’s Hockey Training Clinic and DU’s Strength and Conditioning Clinic. He has also been published in Training and Conditioning Magazine.

The St. Louis, Mo., native earned his bachelor’s degree in health sciences from BU’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation with a minor in human physiology in January 2010. He also completed his master’s in physical education, specializing in coaching from BU’s School of Education in May 2011. He holds certifications through the NSCA (CSCS, RSCC), CSCCa (RSCC), and 3DMAPS.

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