EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE Athletics announced the appointment of Zach Rockford as the assistant director for athletic performance.
Rockford most recently served as a volunteer intern at the University of Arizona. He assisted with the implementation of the strength and conditioning program for baseball, men's tennis, women's golf and football.
A native of Springfield, Illinois, Rockford earned a double major in exercise science and human performance and fitness at Saint Ambrose University in 2014. He was a three-year letter winner and a two-year starter for Saint Ambrose in football.
He moved on to the University of The Incarnate Word, where he served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant. He had direct oversight over more than 90 student-athletes for program development and implementation of training for baseball, women's tennis, men's tennis, men's pole vaulters, women's pole vaulters and men's soccer.
At Incarnate Word, he also assisted in all training aspects for volleyball, track and field, men's swimming and women's swimming. He was responsible for student-athlete food supplementation and the monthly athlete education newsletter.
He completed a master's degree in kinesiology and business at Incarnate Word in 2016.
Rockford also worked as a volunteer intern at the University of Texas San Antonio in the summer of 2016 and Texas Christian University in the summer of 2014.
He is Strength Coach Collegiate Certified, a Sports Performance Coach Level 1 and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
The SIUE Athletic Performance department is concentrated on an athlete-centered management process encompassing movement screening and a composite injury-risk profile, enhancing biological power and developing the physical capacities required to withstand the stress of each specific sport (position) and providing the education and resources necessary to improve the overall health and wellness of each student-athlete through nutrition, sleep and regeneration practices.