Loretto, PA -- Saint Francis University head strength and conditioning coach Jesse Webber has announced the addition of Chad Hutsko to his staff. Hutsko will join the program as its first-ever fulltime assistant coach. With the Red Flash, he will oversee the strength and conditioning efforts of men's and women's basketball programs in addition to several other sports.
"We are very happy to have Chad as a member of our strength and conditioning staff,” said Webber. “We are lucky to have someone so experienced to help our student-athletes excel.”
Hutsko, a McKeesport, Pa. native, arrives at Saint Francis after working as a volunteer strength coach at Carnegie Mellon University since January. His previous stops include two stints in the University of Pittsburgh's strength and conditioning department as well as holding the position of assistant strength coach at the University of Kentucky.
"I am excited to be a part of the Saint Francis University strength and conditioning staff,” said Hutsko. “I am looking forward to helping the student-athletes achieve their athletic goals and help bring championships to Saint Francis.”
While at the University of Kentucky, Hutsko worked with the football team from 2005 to 2010. His responsibilities included the coordination of various programs within the department as well as assisting the staff with summer youth football camps. During his time in Lexington, Hutsko was also the head strength and conditioning coach for the baseball and rifle teams.
From 1998 to 2002, Hutsko served as an assistant strength coach with the Pittsburgh football program, which earned a pair of bowl berths during his tenure. During the 2000-01 campaign, he also served as the head strength coach for the Panthers' baseball and softball teams. In March 2010 he returned to Pittsburgh as a volunteer assistant, again helping out with the football program.
In addition to the two bowl appearances at Pittsburgh, Hutsko helped Kentucky to four bowl berths in five seasons.
Hutsko has also developed strength and conditioning programs at the high school level. He held the position of head strength coach in football at South Allegheny in 2003 and Clairton High School from 2004-05.
Hutsko graduated from Penn State in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in health education. He is a member of the National Strength Conditioning Association as well as the Collegiate Strength Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC).