Clarkson adds first-ever strength and conditioning coach for hockey teams
POTSDAM -- Clarkson University has announced the addition of Max Prokopy as strength and conditioning coach for the Green and Gold’s hockey programs, the first full-time position of its kind for Clarkson Athletics.
“We are very happy to have someone of Max’s talents on our staff,” stated Clarkson Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos. “He brings excellent credentials and great experience. We are looking forward to Max working with our student-athletes. I am sure he will do an outstanding job.”Prokopy comes to Clarkson from Amherst College where he was the director of strength and conditioning since September 2008, working with the Lord Jeffs’ 25 athletic teams. From 2006-2008 he served as the graduate assistant in strength and conditioning at the University of Virginia.
At Virginia Prokopy worked with 25 varsity teams; and was awarded a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. Prior to graduate school Prokopy taught advanced placement chemistry, ice hockey, and strength and conditioning for several independent high schools.
“Max fills a significant need for our hockey program,” stated the Golden Knights men’s head coach George Roll. “Strength and conditioning plays a significant role not only in the development of hockey players but in their injury prevention as well. In the past this is an area we have filled on a volunteer or part-time basis. Today we are fortunate enough to add a full-time strength coach to our program. Max will work with our players on a daily basis and be vital in their overall training regime.”
Prokopy has also served as a guest strength and conditioning coach for both the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings.
“We are extremely excited to have Max working with us this year,” said Clarkson women’s co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. “His expertise with strength and conditioning as well as nutrition will surely be a great asset to our student athletes.”
A native of South Deerfield, MA, Prokopy earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University in 1997 and a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia in 2008.