By Jenna Daunoras
Elm Staff Writer
Coach Nick Triano has been named Washington College’s head strength and conditioning coach after the departure of long-time coach, Jonnie Jenkins. Traino has been an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at WC since the summer of 2017.
This September, Triano will be taking his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist test from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with everyone this upcoming year,” Triano said, “we have a unique situation in front of us, but I truly believe that we can use this time to work to be better.”
Before coming to Washington College, he attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts, where he began playing lacrosse. There he won a state championship while serving as team captain and received the team’s Most Valuable Player Award.
After high school, Triano graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science as well as playing goalie for their lacrosse team. Triano was also the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Athletic Evolution in Woburn, Mass. during this time.
After graduating, Triano went on to become the head strength and conditioning coach at Momentum Physical Therapy and Performance Training in Milford, Mass. He also served as the head goalie coach for the Middlesex Bears Club Lacrosse program and head coached a team of rising high school sophomores at the club.
Due to the epidemic of COVID-19, WC has decided to close campus and study remotely with online class for the fall of 2020. In good news, Triano has confirmed that the athletic facilities on campus will be open to student-athletes that will remain living off-campus in Chestertown.
These facilities include the weight room, field house, outdoor fields, and gymnasium. Athletes will have to continue to follow CDC guidelines while using them, meaning wearing masks and properly cleaning any equipment after use. There will also be designated times that teams will be scheduled to come in to workout to respect social distancing rules.
Previously the facilities were open to anyone to workout, but it is currently unknown if use of the facilities will be open to non-athletes this fall.
For students that are staying home, Triano will be sending at-home workout schedules on the app “TeamBuild,” which is used by all student-athletes at WC to track their progress in the weight room.
“This is extremely good news for all athletes as it is one of the only things we can do in this off-season to prepare for the next time we are able to play,” senior captain, Kylie Peets, of the WC volleyball team said.
Strength and conditioning training will begin the same day as classes on Aug. 24.
There is no one more excited than Triano himself to have these facilities open and begin working with WC athletes. The continuous training during this time will not only prepare athletes for their next season, but also put them ahead of other teams that are not lucky enough to have these opportunities.