March 25, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Catamount Athletics has completed its strength & conditioning staff, adding a full-time assistant and an intern position in the weight room. Nick White joins the staff as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coordinator while Eric Newton was named the Strength & Conditioning Assistant.
White and Newton join new Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Evan Barr, who joined the Catamount Athletics staff in late January. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the weight room in the Jordan-Phillips Field House, Barr programs primarily for the WCU football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and track & field teams. White supervises the strength & conditioning efforts for the Catamount baseball, softball, golf and cheerleading teams while also assisting with football, track & field and basketball with Newton assisting with football, basketball, track and women's soccer.
White comes to WCU from Georgia Tech where he spent the past year working as a graduate assistant with the Yellow Jackets' Player Development. In addition to helping with the overall operation in the weight room, he primarily worked with the baseball program - a perennial power in the Southeast region - as well as working with football, golf and the cheerleading program.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., where he attended Brookwood High, White got his post-graduate start as an intern in the North Georgia College & State University weight room. He then made the move to Georgia Tech, all while pursuing his Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from Georgia State. He received his post-graduate degree in December of 2012.
White, who played collegiate baseball at both Chattahoochee Valley Community College and North Georgia College & State University, was an honors graduate from both institutions. He was named an Academic All-America selection by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in 2007 and 2008 at CVCC, while also garnering Second Team Peach Belt Conference All-Academic honors at NGCSU.
White, who is CSCS and USAW Level I certified, additionally has baseball coaching experience, leading the Georgia Jayhawks 16 & under and Georgia Thunder 14 & under teams as the head coach while providing strength & conditioning expertise.
Newton is a recent graduate of Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, earning a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in coaching. Prior to coming to Cullowhee, Newton was working an internship with Baylor University's Athletic Performance. An intern strength coach, he worked primarily with the Bears' football and women's tennis programs, gaining experience from Baylor's full-time staff in programming for NCAA Division I student-athletes while also learning how to manage and run a collegiate weight room.
In mid-2012, Newton, who is CSCS certified, completed a three month long internship with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) in Colorado Springs, Colo., writing and implementing programs for both tactical professionals to professional athletes. He worked with both FBI agents, coached a high school group in proper exercise techniques, while also working with the Colorado College hockey team.
A three-sport athlete while in high school, Newton also has internship experience with the Gulf Coast Physical Therapy clinic in Sarasota, Fla., working with elderly patients, as well as those with lower back injuries. He also worked extensively with sport-specific training for golfers. He additionally coached middle school boys' basketball for two seasons in the Hartford (Vt.) School District in White River Junction, Vt.