Endicott Strength & Conditioning focuses on the long-term development and performance of the Endicott's student-athletes. Our student-athletes will utilize an individualized, year-round, linear periodization schedule, designed to achieve peak athletic performance during their respective competitive seasons. It is our goal to achieve success on the field, court, ice and competitive surface; not just lift heavy weights. At Endicott, we believe in the development of a solid foundation of safety and efficiency, movement, strength, power, toughness, and discipline. It is the passion of the strength staff to teach proper technique paired with resistance training, plyometric work, speed, conditioning, as well as recovery and regeneration. Student-athletes will be immersed in a supervised full body, ground-based program and have the opportunity to utilize multiple techniques ranging from Olympic lifting and single leg weight training to body weight and band exercises.
Endicott Strength & Conditioning is committed to the idea of the complete athlete success. The staff collaborates with Endicott Athletic Training to coordinate rehabilitation, nutrition, and analytics to enable our students the appropriate access to resources for their health and athletic competition.
The ultimate goal of this training is to reduce injury rates, promote more efficient and effective movements, and enable our student-athletes body synchronization and optimal control of their bodies during competition. The strength & conditioning staff pride themselves on imparting and upholding Endicott’s Core Standards of Leadership. The importance of open, effective communication with student-athletes and coaches about the physical and mental goals and challenges that are set before them. Staff and student-athletes will display character, commitment to themselves, their teams and Endicott, as well as exhibit confidence in their responsibilities. We continue to safely challenge ourselves and our student-athletes to seek out success now and in the future.
Strength and Conditioning Staff
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Endicott College Director of Athletics Brian Wylie announced plans to upgrade the Post Center Facility through an addition to the current building that will enhance the overall student-athlete experience, improve opportunities for the School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies, and modernize the MacDonald Gymnasium. The addition is expected to be completed in the Fall 2017.
Where Are They Now?
Tim DiFrancesco '03
DiFrancesco, a former member of the Endicott men's basketball program, is currently the founder of TD Athletes Edge. He previously worked as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. DiFrancesco credits his athletic training degree from Endicott for inspiring his start in the sports performance training industry.
“The environment at Endicott gave me the one-on-one attention with people in charge of the curriculum that I needed to help me see what I could do with that foundation,” said DiFrancesco. “From there, I was able to obtain my doctorate degree in physical therapy, which opened up my eyes into performance training. All of these areas helped build my framework, round out my toolbox, and my resume to a point where I had enough background and an area of expertise that I could look at an athlete in the eye and possess knowledge of any topic.”
After receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UMass Lowell, DiFrancesco began his sports performance career with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League where he spent two years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Athletic Trainer. From there, he was invited to join the Lakers staff in 2011. DiFrancesco has been with the Laker organization for the past five seasons and currently oversees the sports science, nutrition, traditional weight training, strength resistance training, and the subjective and objective assessment of players.
Cassie DeSimone '13
DeSimone, a former member of the Endicott field hockey program, is currently an Exercise Technician at ProEx Physical Therapy while pursuing her doctoral degree in physical therapy from American International College. DeSimone believes the internship program at Endicott and the experience of being a college student-athlete gave her a competitive edge professionally.
“Endicott's internship program helped me determine my career path and the work experience I acquired gave me an edge over other college graduates when applying for jobs," said DeSimone. ”Participating in college athletics helped me develop excellent time management skills and form a work ethic which still benefits me in my career today."
During her undergraduate career at Endicott, DeSimone completed internships at Athletic Evolution and Hannah Elementary School as she earned her degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science. On the field hockey field, DeSimone was a two-time All-CCC member while leading the Gulls to back-to-back CCC Championships in 2011 and 2012. She earned CCC Academic All-Conference as a senior.
Zach Markowitz '14
Markowitz, a former member of the Endicott men's basketball program, is currently the Rehabilitation and Performance Coordinator for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously to that, Markowitz was the Assistant Athletic Performance Coach and Athletic Trainer for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. While attaining his undergraduate degree in athletic training from Endicott, Markowitz also made his mark as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball and men's soccer programs.
“When I was at Endicott, I was lucky enough to have Tim DiFrancesco as a mentor, coach, and friend. Some of the best advice he ever gave me was to continually build a network of talented coaches and clinicians,” said Markowitz. “Thanks to this advice I have become close friends with many talented coaches and therapists in the field, and they continue to help me grow and learn. They have provided me opportunities that I could never imagine.”
Along with certifications by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, among others, Markowitz earned his master's degree in physical education teaching and coaching from Boston University. He served as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the men's and women's basketball teams at Northeastern and the Head of Sports Medicine and Performance for the Dominican Republic National Basketball Team before moving up to the Atlanta Hawks. He is currently responsible for assessing fatigue and readiness in each player, monitoring their on-court activity and recent training history, and reviewing and updating the athletes' movement profiles and their rehabilitation statuses.
Others in the Field
Brett Longobucco '14, B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Exercise Physiology (Miami)
Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of Mary Washington
Mackenzie Hurst '15, B.A.Sc. in Health and Physical education/Fitness
Personal Trainer/Barre Instructor/Group Fitness Instructor at Body Design by Joy
Clare Mansfield '15, B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Sports Leadership (Northeastern)
Fitness Center Manager at Reach Fitness
NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year recognize those collegiate student-athletes, whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These student-athletes were nominated, assessed by their sport, position, competition performance, strength training progress, and leadership.
Mackenzie Kennedy '20, Women's Volleyball
Kadrianna Letts '21, Women's Soccer
Kristen McCarthy '20, Field Hockey
Josh Bowes '19, Men's Ice Hockey
Michael DeDonato '18, Baseball
Donovan Dey '20, Men's Volleyball
Caroline Hughes '19, Women's Ice Hockey
Mackenzie Kennedy '20, Women's Volleyball
Lloyd Hayes '19, Men's Ice Hockey
Caroline Hughes '19, Women's Ice Hockey
Chris Lipscomb '17, Football & Men's Basketball
Tori McIntyre '17, Women's Volleyball
Max Motroni '17, Men's Basketball
Sharlotte Pernice '18, Women's Soccer
Samantha DiBella '16, Softball
Paige Marinelli '16, Women's Soccer
Josh Drew '16, Baseball
Spencer Walsh '16, Football
Iron Beak Award
The Iron Beak is awarded to one Senior Male and one Senior Female student-athlete. The recipients are student-athletes who have displayed physical and mental toughness while battling back from adversity which leads to a meaningful impact on and off the competition surface. Whether overcoming an injury, illness, or some other life circumstance throughout their career at Endicott, those with an Iron Beak epitomize toughness, grit, and desire in overcoming any and all obstacles laid before them.
FEMALE - Emma Tierney '19, Women's Basketball
MALE - Dan Williams '19, Football
FEMALE - Alyssa Silk '18, Women's Soccer
MALE - Conner Couchot '18, Men's Soccer
FEMALE - Meghan Lennon '17, Women's Lacrosse, & Erika Trudon '17, Women's Volleyball
FEMALE - Paige Marinelli '16, Women's Soccer
MALE - Nick Quattro '16, Baseball