Enhancing Strength and Conditioning

HWS recently completed two important improvements to the Colleges’ strength and conditioning program. Support from John Hogan ’88 secured a two-person strength and conditioning staff while funding from Jeremy Foley ’74, James Kraus ’74, and Gordon Sweely ’86 allowed for substantial improvements to the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center.

“Hobart and William Smith are fortunate to have loyal and passionate alums committed to creating an environment that supports the success of our student-athletes,” says Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor. “A strong strength and conditioning staff and facilities give our students the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in their sport and in their academic endeavors at the highest levels. On behalf of the HWS community, I thank these alums for their dedication and generosity.”

The Colleges hired their first full-time strength and conditioning coach six years ago. Since then, student-athletes embraced the individual attention the new professional provided, but meeting the needs of roughly 550 students with one person proved challenging. In January, HWS added an assistant strength and conditioning position.

Hogan has committed to support the new assistant coach’s position. In honor of his generosity, current head strength coach Matt Dorn has been recognized as the John J. Hogan ’88 Strength and Conditioning Head Coach. Dorn has been with the Colleges for nearly two years and develops and implements training programs for all 23 varsity teams. He is assisted by Jake Alvarez, who came to the Colleges a year ago after completing a strength and conditioning internship at Cornell University.

“About 25 percent of HWS students compete in intercollegiate athletics and benefit from the resources in the RFK Varsity Strength Training Center,” says William Smith Head Field Hockey Coach Sally Scatton. “We are grateful to John Hogan for his commitment to our athletic programs. Our student-athletes have received increased teaching, and we have witnessed an improvement in our overall speed, strength, and agility.”

Hogan was a two-sport athlete at Hobart, earning four letters in baseball and playing defensive back in football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and has had a long career in finance, most recently as the head of risk at JP Morgan.

The enhancements to the RFK Center included new Ultra-Tile flooring complete with inlaid platform lifting stations with custom Hobart and William Smith athletic logos and new polyurethane dumbbells.

The renovations to RFK were made possible by gifts from Foley, Kraus and Sweely. Foley played football and lacrosse while earning a psychology degree at Hobart, and is director of athletics at the University of Florida. Kraus played lacrosse for the Statesmen, earned a psychology degree from Hobart, and is president of Casey-Werner Television. Sweely also played lacrosse for the Statesmen, earned his degree in economics, and is a managing director at Nomura Securities International.

“The improvements made to our RFK strength and conditioning room are, without exaggeration, monumental,” says Hobart Head Lacrosse Coach Greg Raymond. “We now have a state-of-the-art facility with ample updated equipment affording us every opportunity to grow our strength, speed and agility.”


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