BOONE, N.C. – Anthony Glass, a renowned strength and conditioning coach, author and speaker, is coming home.
The 1990 graduate of Appalachian State University’s exercise science program is returning to his alma mater as the Mountaineers’ new director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports.
Glass, who hails from nearby Granite Falls, N.C., returns to the High Country after serving as Ohio State’s director of strength and conditioning for the past 17 years. During his time with the Buckeyes, Glass oversaw strength and training programs for 35 sports and trained 33 conference championship teams, 10 national championship teams and numerous Olympic and professional athletes. In addition, he trained more than 75 All-Americans from 19 different sports.
“We are excited to welcome Anthony and his family back home,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Brittney Whiteside. “He is passionate, student-athlete centered and has a proven track record developing championship programs at the highest level. We are very fortunate to have someone with his background and experience join our staff.”
Glass is a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor given to a coach in the strength and conditioning field. This honor represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field, and is awarded by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
In addition to his certifications and professional honors, Glass authored the book “Weight Training: A Step by Step Guide to the Development of a Safe and Sound Program.” He also published two speed and agility videos and has written numerous articles for sport performance journals and magazines as well as being a regular speaker at state and national conferences.
Prior to Ohio State, Glass spent four years at the University of Georgia, where he oversaw all facets of the Bulldogs’ strength and conditioning training for 20 Olympic sports programs. He also worked in similar roles at Boston College (assistant strength coach) and Lenoir Rhyne (head strength coach).
Prior to that, Glass served as a physical education instructor and graduate assistant in the physical education/strength and conditioning program at Northern Illinois. He also earned his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in coaching and sports biometrics.
Glass and his wife, Guerdie, have one son, Lee Anthony Jr. (20), and two daughters, Leila (13) and Leena (10).