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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

Welcome to Pingry Strength

Pingry is committed to meeting the strength and conditioning needs of 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.

Access at Pingry to:

Greig Family Strength and Conditioning Center

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
GREIG FAMILY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CENTER USE POLICY

Upon entering the Miller A. Bugliari ’52 Athletics Center, all patrons are required to check in at the Front Desk and must either show valid Pingry School ID or be issued a visitor badge upon presentation of identification and processing through the Schoolgate Guardian system.

Only Pingry School students, faculty, and staff are permitted to use the Greig Family Strength and Conditioning Center. Alumni and other adults may use the Greig Family Strength and Conditioning Center, with special permission from the School, only after signing Pingry’s Release and Waiver.

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Mr. Douglas Scott

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Basking Ridge Campus
Department(s)
Athletics, Diversity and Inclusion, Upper School
Title(s)
Director of Strength and Conditioning, Physical Education Teacher, Form III Dean

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
908-647-5555   x1302

Education

Degree(s)
B.S., East Stroudsburg University

Other Information

Appointed
1999
Biography

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

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Basking Ridge Campus
Department(s)
Athletics
Title(s)
Physical Education Department Chair

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
908-647-5555   x1301

Education

Degree(s)
B.S., Trenton State College

Other Information

Appointed
1982
Biography

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

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Basking Ridge Campus
Department(s)
Athletics
Title(s)
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
B.S., William Paterson University

Other Information

Appointed
2017
Biography

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.

Fitness Education

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:

  • Nutrition
  • Muscular strength/injury prevention (including safe use of fitness center equipment)
  • Cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Mindfulness/yoga
  • Sleep and recovery
  • Flexibility

Concussion Awareness / Prevention

“For every one pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decreased by 5 %” —Dawn Comstrock, 2014 Youth Sports Saftey Summit
Pingry's Strength and Conditioning Staff prides itself on being innovators in preventative sports medicine. At the forefront of those efforts is developing exercises and programs to develop the muscles of the head, neck and upper back to better protect our student athletes from concussive forces associated with athletic competition. Athletes who participate in our neck strengthening program are less likely to sustain an injury.

Rehabilitative Training

When injuries inevitably occur, Pingry's Strength and Conditioning Staff works with students to design customized programs to help strengthen injured areas to get back in the game and avoid future injuries.

Healthy Living

In addition to promoting the physical aspects of strength and conditioning, we teach the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. This includes proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, adequate recovery time, positive fitness habits, and stress management .