Mike Curtis Q&A | Video Report
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan athletic department announced today (Sept. 2) the hiring of Mike Curtis as the new strength and conditioning coordinator for the Wolverines men's and women's basketball programs, as well as oversight of U-M Olympic sports. Curtis comes to Michigan after spending the last six years with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies as the strength and conditioning coach.
"I don't know if I can put into words the feeling of being here on this campus and having the opportunity to be a part of the Michigan family," said Curtis. "I'm really looking forward to helping Coach (John) Beilein and Coach (Kevin) Borseth build their programs and put a winner out on the court each and every night.
"We are fortunate to have added one of the most proven and knowledgeable performance specialists in the country here at U-M, said Beilein. His background as both a former player and strength and conditioning coach in college basketball is hard to find. His six years in the NBA, working with professional basketball players gives him a perspective on the new wave of strength and functional training that we believe will be so vital to our program. I am confident our student-athletes are going to love and really benefit from what Mike Curtis will do to enhance their physical development and future performances."
"We are very lucky to have someone with his credentials work with our program," said Borseth. "His basketball background combined with his strength and conditioning approach and philosophy will benefit our program. His attention to detail will be a great approach for our kids."
In his role with the Memphis, Curtis oversaw the off-court conditioning of the Grizzlies, enhancing their performance through exercises in flexibility, strength, speed and power, while assisting the athletic training staff with the rehabilitation of injuries.
Before his work with the Grizzlies, Curtis was the basketball strength coach for the University of South Carolina (2001-02), and prior to that, he worked with the Olympic sports at the University of Dayton (2000-01).
Curtis earned his bachelors degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1998 and his masters in Exercise Physiology in 2000. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is a member of National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds certifications as a USAW Club Coach, a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Curtis was a four-year letterman during his collegiate days at the University of Virginia. He was named to the ACC Honor Roll in his last three seasons. In 1998, he was also named an Arthur Ashe Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
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