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Rob Kurzinsky named new Director of Athlete Development

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We are excited to announce that Rob Kurzinsky has been hired to be the Director of Athlete Development in the new Athletic Performance program. Coach Kurzinsky is tasked to build a program from the ground up that will help students reach their athletic potential. He will work with students across all grades and sports to help them grow stronger, faster, and more flexible. In addition to teaching our students the life-long benefits of being physically active, he will also provide nutritional support. Coach Kurzinsky will work with our students both during the school year (before, during, and after school) and in the summer. Additionally, he will be available for personal and group training for adults and will help run strength and conditioning summer camps.

“I am extremely grateful to Trent Williamson and Greg Eubanks for the opportunity to serve Harding Academy. I am excited to begin the process of creating an Athletic Performance Program centered around the school's mission. Harding is a special place. It was apparent the first time we stepped foot on campus. My family and I look forward to creating a lifetime of special memories as a part of the Harding community.”

Rob Kurzinsky has been coaching, working in strength and conditioning, and assisting athletes in their development since 1992. He has worked with male, female, amateur, and professional athletes over the past 28 years. The West Chester University graduate in Health and Physical Education started his career on the high school level coaching boys and girls basketball, tennis, and softball while working in the private sector as a personal trainer. Early in his career, the former collegiate and golden gloves boxer developed and oversaw the boxing program for the West Chester Police Athletic League, training both amateur and professional fighters.

Most recently Coach Kurzinsky was the coordinator of strength and conditioning at Kean University following eleven years as the head men’s basketball coach and strength coach at Kean. He is a member of both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National High School Strength Coaches Association and holds the following certifications: CSCS, TSAC-F, USAW, USAPL, NASE-CSS, FMS and BFS-WRSC.

He has coached collegiately for the past 23 years, including stints at Manhattan College, Columbia University, and Saint Peters College. This past year, Coach Kurzinsky returned to the scholastic level as an assistant boys basketball coach at Rutgers Preparatory School in New Jersey, helping them reach the Non-Public B State Quarter-Finals before losing to eventual state and TOC champions Ranney High School.

Rob Kurzinsky has been an awarded powerlifter and strength athlete. His teams have been recognized for their sportsmanship, character, and ethics, as well as their academic achievements. Coach Kurzinsky moves to Memphis with his wife of eleven years, Hitomi, and their daughter Ai Lee, 9, and son Rocklan, 6.