January 30, 2018
During the summer workouts of 2017, ASAP traveled to Winston~Salem, North Carolina to talk strength training with Coach Brandon Hourigan. He told us all about the happeneings at Wake Forest and the great plans of their athletics expansion that includes a new sports performance center that is currently under construction. It will contain new weight room training centers for football, olympic sports, and the basketball teams, as well. In addition, there will be meeting rooms, coaches offices, and nutrition areas.
This ASAP PODCAST is sponsored by SpecAthletic, the sports performance flooring specialist.
Brandon Hourigan is in his second season as a Director of Sports Performance at Wake Forest. The 2015-16 season will be his eighth season working with head coach Dave Clawson. Hourigan came to Wake Forest after three seasons with Clawson at Bowling Green. He was responsible for overseeing the strength and conditioning for all 18 sports at BGSU.
Hourigan brings with him a vast array of experience with multiple sports from his time at Bowling Green, Virginia, Richmond and Northeastern. In 2009-10, he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Virginia, where he worked closely with the football program.
Prior to Virginia, he was the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Richmond from 2005-08, where he also worked with head coach Dave Clawson for three seasons (2005-07). He oversaw all of the fitness duties for the Spiders, who won the 2008 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title. Hourigan also worked with multiple other sports during his time at Richmond.
Before his appointment in Richmond, Hourigan was the assistant coordinator of speed, strength and conditioning at Northeastern University. He worked with the Huskies' football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey, volleyball, men's and women's soccer and men's and women's track and field programs.
Hourigan has also worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate level at Arizona (2001) and Clemson (1998-99). He also served as a strength and conditioning intern for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL in 1999.
Hourigan graduated with a bachelor of sciences in physical education from Plymouth State University where he was a four-year letterwinner in football. At Clemson, he completed work toward a masters of sciences in guidance and counseling.
Hourigan is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the United States Weight Lifting Association and has both his First Aid and CPR certification.