Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania Athletics has selected Zach Turner as its new strength and conditioning coach, the department announced Monday.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Zach to Transylvania," said Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley. "His background and versatility to train athletes for a myriad of sports are one of many reasons he will be a great addition to our athletics department."
"I'm grateful to be taking over the strength and conditioning department at Transylvania," said Turner. "Coach Caro created a great program here and I'm looking forward to building on his success."
Turner takes over for Mike Caro, who accepted a strength and conditioning coaching opportunity over the summer with Emory & Henry College. Turner inherits a strength and conditioning program which collaborates with all 26 official sponsored Transylvania varsity athletic teams. In this role, Turner develops and implements training and workout programs for all Transylvania teams and assists in athletic development for more than 400 Transylvania student-athletes.
The Pioneers welcome Turner from NCAA Division I Northern Kentucky University, where he served in the strength and conditioning program for the last five years with the Norse. Turner began his tenure at Northern Kentucky University in January of 2012 as a graduate assistant in NKU's Integrative Studies program.
Turner obtained his master's degree from Northern Kentucky in December 2014, with focuses on health, exercise science, and psychology.
In August 2014, Turner went on to become a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the program, holding that position for the most recent three years.
As Strength and Conditioning Assistant for Northern Kentucky, Turner designed year-round strength and conditioning workout programs for the university's baseball, softball, men's and women's track, and cross country teams in coordination with the coaching and sports medicine staffs. Other duties in this position included weight room organization and oversight of the intern program at Northern Kentucky.
While working towards his graduate degree, Turner completed a strength and conditioning internship for the University of Cincinnati's football team, coordinating offseason workouts for football players and overseeing setup for daily weight room workouts.
Turner holds an assortment of certifications, including certification with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Prior to a full-time immersion in the strength and conditioning coaching fraternity, Turner served in the Army branch of the Armed Forces for a decade, first as an active duty member in Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2001 through January 2004, and later in the Ohio Army National Guard from February 2004 until January 2011.
Turner graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences.