Director, Strength and Conditioning
Mike Joseph is in his second year as the director of strength and conditioning at West Virginia University.
Joseph, who came to WVU from Notre Dame in 2008, will administer, coordinate, develop, implement and teach strength and conditioning programs for all Mountaineer student athletes with a major emphasis on the football program.
He served for five years as the assistant strength coach at Notre Dame (2003-08), working with football and was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, volleyball and softball.
At Notre Dame, he worked with the head strength coach with football, assisted with workouts, testing, conditioning, speed and agility training and in-season and offseason training schedules on a daily basis. He was responsible for developing and training the quarterbacks, tight ends, linebackers, fullbacks and injured players. He also had the same responsibilities with the sports of baseball, volleyball and softball. Also part of his duties included the supervision and maintenance of the facility and equipment and scheduling all student-athletes for the school’s 27 sports.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he spent two years as an assistant strength coach at Eastern Michigan (2001-03), served as a graduate assistant at WVU for two years (1999-2001), worked at Healthworks Fitness and Rehabilitation in Morgantown during the 2001 summer and was the strength and conditioning coach at Fairmont State (Aug. 1998 – May 1999).
Joseph also was a camp instructor at the Mountain State Speed and Strength Camp hosted by WVU from May 2000 until April 2001. He has served as a guest speaker and instructor at many camps and clinics, has been a classroom instructor and was the state director for the National Association of Speed and Explosion.
He has coached 14 football players who earned All-America honors and more than 100 athletes who were either drafted or signed free agent contracts in the NFL.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology at Fairmont State and received his master’s degree from West Virginia in physical education with an emphasis in sport movement and development.
While at Fairmont State, Joseph was a four-year letterman and three-year captain on the football team from 1994-97. He was a three-time first-team all-WVIAC selection and was named the WVIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. He was a 1997 regional All-American, a Burger King Scholar Athlete and a WVIAC Scholar Athlete. He was selected the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and to the Fairmont State Student Council.
He is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA).
He is married to the former Andre Cinalli.