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Chris West
Chris  West

Associate Head Sports Performance Coach

Team Assignments: 

           Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Women’s Rowing, M/W Diving



Master of Science:  Exercise and Movement Science

 University of Oregon, 1998

Bachelor of Arts:  Physical Education

            California State University, Long Beach, 1996



CSCS from the National Strength & Conditioning Association

USAW Level 1 Club Coach

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED


Chris joined the UConn staff in 2002 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.  Currently in his role as Associate Head Sports Performance coach he is responsible for all aspects of training for men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s rowing and men’s and women’s diving.  Prior to his current team assignments, he has worked with men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s golf and women’s volleyball.  In his time with Men’s Basketball they won 1 National Championship and 2 Big East Championships, Women’s Basketball saw 1 Big East Championship, Men’s Soccer 6 Conference Championships (Big East & AAC) and Women’s Soccer 2 Conference Championships (Big East & AAC), As the Director of Exercise Science he has extensive knowledge and experience in athlete tracking and monitoring including the use of the Polar Team training systems and Catapult.  In addition, he has experience using data management systems including Top Sports Lab and CoachMePlus.  His expertise has allowed him to develop parameters for measuring internal and external load derived from GPS, accelerometry and heart rate.  He has integrated the use of athlete monitoring systems to track individual player workloads and readiness to maximize game performance and has brought these resources to the staff.  He is a leader in the field in the area of heart rate training and conditioning and has been sought out to speak at international, national, and regional clinics, conferences and coaching conventions.


Chris served as the Director of Fitness Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for 6 years, delivering fitness education symposiums for the National Academy staff, Masters Coach candidates as well as special topics courses and select premier and national diploma courses.  He also developed a soccer fitness course curriculum to be the standard education piece for all coaches educated through NSCAA. 


From 2000-2001 Chris was the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at Saint Louis University serving as the first strength & conditioning coach at the University.  In addition to his role in strength & conditioning Chris had prior appointments as an Athletic Trainer with Saint Louis University, the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Kings and both roles with the Oakland Raiders.  While at Saint Louis University Men’s Soccer won 4 C-USA Championships and Women’s Soccer won 1 C-USA Championship.


Along with his numerous speaking engagements, Chris has been published in Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, the New York Times, Stack Magazine, and in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 


A native of Tucson Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach, and his Master of Science from the University of Oregon. 


He currently resides in Storrs-Mansfield, CT with his wife Heidi and their sons Evan, Alex and David.