Strength & Conditioning

Mission Statement

“Building physicality, toughness and togetherness through consistent, focused effort to prepare each Asheville School student-athlete to thrive in competition."

Coaches

Doug Harger, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS is the assistant director of athletics for athletic training and strength and conditioning at the Asheville School. He is responsible for coordinating sports medicine services for roughly 200 student-athletes. He also oversees a comprehensive sports strength and conditioning program to prepare the Blues for safe and effective competition. In addition, Doug serves as a preceptor for the Western Carolina University athletic training education program.

Doug earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training from Michigan State University in 2013. He also holds a Master of Science degree in sports medicine with a concentration in strength and conditioning from Armstrong State University. With a strong interest in developing adolescent athletes, Doug focused his studies at Armstrong on sports performance testing and applied data analysis.

A former student-athlete, Doug received scholarships from Lansing Community College and Western State College of Colorado for track & field and cross country. He currently lives in Asheville with his wife, Sarah, and son, Asa.

Geoffrey Strickland joins the Asheville School in 2017 as a Strength and Conditioning, Football, and Track and Field coach. Geoffrey will have an immediate impact, overseeing the wide receiver and defensive back corps in the fall and coaching sprinters on the track. Throughout the year, Geoffrey will play a major role in promoting the Blues all-sports strength and conditioning program and supervising the fitness center facility. Outside of athletics, Geoffrey will also serve as a Dorm Parent on 3rd Anderson Hall.

Geoffrey graduated in 2015 from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in politics. At Sewanee, he played football for five seasons and also represented the Tigers in track and field. From 2015-17, Geoffrey worked for TITUS Human Performance, a performance facility in Tallahassee, Florida, training athletes of all levels: youth to professional. Geoffrey gained additional experience as coach of the Woodville Jaguars, the Pop Warner Pee Wee Super Bowl National Champions. Geoffrey is passionate about developing student-athletes who excel on and off the field.

Awards

Student-athletes receive awards in strength and conditioning for meeting specific weight lifting and conditioning standards. The acorn, oak sapling, and oak tree logos feature the artwork of David Zheng 2018 and symbolize three levels of achievement.

Acorn – The basic expectation of preparedness for all non-freshman, varsity student-athletes. The acorn sticker is awarded for each sports season that the standard is met. The acorn symbolizes potential for growth and energetic contribution to Blues varsity athletics.

Sapling – The first achievement award in strength and conditioning for exceptional physical ability and preparedness. The white oak sapling shirt is given for each academic year that a student-athlete meets this standard. Like an acorn taking root, the oak sapling symbolizes determination in reaching toward a higher physical state.

Oak – The second achievement award in strength and conditioning recognizing physical ability and preparedness for the next level of competition. The blue oak tree sweater is given for achieving this standard once during a student-athletes’ career. Born out of stress and adversity, the oak tree symbolizes long-term growth and accumulation of energy: strong, flexible, adaptable and balanced. By providing shade, bearing fruit and fostering future growth, the oak also suggests enduring impact on its environment.

Past Award Winners

2016-17

  • Sapling
    • Kamryn Graham
    • Carter Pettus

Facility

The 3,600 square foot Asheville School fitness center was constructed in 2002 and updated in 2016. The fitness center adjoins the athletic training room, featuring an expansive view of the campus and athletic fields. The facility was designed to accommodate up to 30 student-athletes during team workouts.

Equipment includes:

  • Five fully-equipped York power racks with custom Olympic lifting platforms
  • York barbells, iron plates and bumper plates
  • Two glute-ham developers
  • Two Gravitron machines
  • 14 Nautilus machine stations
  • A wide selection of plyo boxes, dumbbells, medicine balls, stability balls and exercise bands
  • Five Precor ellipticals
  • Two Precor treadmills
  • Two Precor exercise bikes
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