BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU assistant strength and conditioning coach Domenic Reno was honored by his peers this weekend as he was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
Reno, who assists with the Hilltopper football and leads the track and field programs, will be recognized at the NSCA’s Coaches Conference on January 4 in Nashville. The award takes into account all assistant coaches working across the country in collegiate athletics.
In his short time on The hill, Reno’s influence has been deep as both programs have produced championships and competed at the highest levels of national and international competition.
Under his watch, former quarterback Brandon Doughty developed into an NFL-caliber signal caller, becoming the first quarterback in school history to be drafted, going in the seventh round to his hometown Miami Dolphins. With Reno’s direct influence, Doughty helped lead the Hilltoppers to their best season in school history in 2015, a 12-2 record with a Conference USA Championship and the school’s first-ever final ranking in the Associated Press Poll. WKU has had 45 All-Conference selections over the past two seasons as well as multiple players named semifinalists or better in a number of national individual awards including the Biletnikoff, Davey O’Brien, and Unitas Golden Arm awards.
On the track, the Hilltoppers have won three of the four possible championships since Reno came on board. In 2015-16 alone, the Hilltoppers earned 12 All-American honors with four of the accolades coming from the 4 x 100 team that finished fifth in the NCAA Championship final and broke the school record with a time of 38.60 seconds. Altogether, the WKU men’s track and field squad has won the 2015 C-USA Indoor Championship, 2016 C-USA Indoor Championship and the 2016 Outdoor Championship. On the women’s side, the Lady Toppers brought home the 2015 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship and took second place earlier in the season at the C-USA Indoor Championships.
Reno came to WKU after three seasons as an Assistant Strength Coach for the NFL’s New York Giants, where he was on the staff that won a world championship in the 2011-12 season. During his time with the Giants, Reno helped train and develop eight Pro Bowlers including Eli Manning, Zack Deossie, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, and Antrel Rolle.
Reno is a 2002 graduate of Worcester State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a master’s degree (MBA) from Wagner College. He is CSCS, ISSA Level I and II, FMS, USAW, NASM-PES, USATF, NASE and NESTA certified.
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