Despite high temperatures, Pingry track & field athletes gave school record-breaking performances at the Somerset County Championships on May 16.
Strength & Conditioning
“Strength training is important because the development of muscle strength and tendon strength is our best preventative measure against sports-related injuries.”
—Doug Scott, Director of Strength and Conditioning
Pingry is committed to the strength and conditioning needs of the students, offering a comprehensive strength and conditioning program that helps athletes achieve their physical potential in the safest manner possible. We focus on developing complete athletes at Pingry, emphasizing physical and mental strength, cardiovascular training, as well as educating students on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
- Greig Family Strength and Conditioning Center
- Strength and Conditioning Staff
- Fitness Education
- Concussion Awareness / Prevention
- Rehabilitative Training
- Healthy Living
Pingry's strength and conditioning center is located in the 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Miller A. Bugliari ‘52 Athletics Center, which opened in 2017. Some features of this fantastic facility include:
- 5,000 square foot fitness facility with cardiovascular and strength training equipment
- Large, multi-sport, indoor practice area spacious enough for several teams to train at the same time
- Space for training during the the off-season and summertime
Mr. Douglas Scott
Douglas Scott, C.S.C.S has been a member of the Pingry faculty since 1999 and has served as a Physical Education teacher and Strength and Conditioning coach since that time. Coach Scott designs workouts for both male and female student athletes competing on a variety of Varsity and Junior Varsity athletic teams. Outside of school, Mr. Scott is a personal trainer and has written a number of fitness-related articles and chapters. Coach Scott is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, (N.S.C.A) and hold the title of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S).
Mr. Joseph Forte
Mr. Forte is a member of Pingry's Magistri faculty, having served the school for well over 25 years—since 1982, to be exact. Throughout that time, he has held the position of Physical Education and Health teacher before becoming the Department Head for Physical Education, a position he still holds. In addition to teaching, he has held many coaching roles at Pingry, including former Head Coach of Boys' Varsity Wrestling and current Head Coach of Boys' Varsity Golf.
He and his wife conduct fundraisers in the surrounding communities to raise money for veterans, cancer research, and those who are less fortunate.
Mr. Michael Saraceno
Mr. Saraceno joined Pingry to assist with strength and conditioning efforts in the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center. Most recently, he served as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at Villanova University, responsible for the physical preparation of over 500 varsity student-athletes. At Villanova, he was also a member of the Sports Performance Council, which discussed topics such as nutrition, sports psychology, and injury prevention. Prior to Villanova, Mr. Saraceno served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Hartford, where he designed and implemented multiple training programs. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University.
All Form III (Grade 9) students are required to take Introduction to Physical Fitness, designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the importance of physical fitness. A sample of topics covered in Pingry’s Introduction to Fitness class include:
- Muscular strength/injury prevention (including safe use of fitness center equipment)
- Cardio-respiratory fitness
- Sleep and recovery