Aug 23, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of strength and conditioning Mike Favre announced Friday (Aug. 23) the hiring of Joe Maher as the head strength and conditioning coach for ice hockey and women's rowing. Prior to joining U-M, Maher spent six years at Yale University, where he worked with the Bulldogs' 2013 NCAA champion men's hockey program and four-time NCAA champion women's crew program.
"The addition of Joe Maher to the Olympic Sports S&C team will have a tremendous impact in enhancing the performance and success of our student-athletes and sports programs," said Favre. "Joe brings a wealth of success, knowledge and experience to the University of Michigan. He will be an asset to my team as well as to the Michigan Athletic Department as a whole. I am looking forward to introducing Joe Maher to the University of Michigan Athletics family."
Maher served six seasons at Yale as the associate head strength and conditioning coach (2007-13). His team responsibilities included men's and women's ice hockey, crew, baseball, field hockey and track and field.
During his tenure at Yale, the Bulldog men's hockey team received numerous team and individual accolades and recognitions, including multiple ECAC and Ivy League Championships and the 2013 NCAA national championship. He was instrumental in the planning, designing and building of the Ingalls' Rink Strength and Conditioning Center, a 3,500 square-foot weight room designed specifically for the hockey programs at Yale. Maher also contributed to the success of several other programs, including field hockey's 2011 Ivy League Championship and rowing's four consecutive NCAA championships (2007, '08, '09, '10).
At the international level, Maher was part of the coaching staff for the USA Hockey's bronze-medal team at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
Maher also previous served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, where he implemented strength and conditioning services for the Spiders' soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and baseball programs while assisting with football.
Maher holds a master's degree from LSU Shreveport, where we was a graduate assistant in the USA Weightlifting Development Center and worked closely with Kyle Pierce, Ed.D., and the multiple Olympians and national champions the center has developed.
Maher also worked as an assistant sport physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee. He holds a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) from the NSCA, Club Coach certification from USA Weightlifting and Level 3 Coach Certificate from USA Hockey.
Maher and his wife Renee have two children, Austin and Hunter.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423