Strength and Conditioning Program

Strength & Conditioning Staff

Mark Brandenstein

Football Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sport: Football

Lou Altomare

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sport: FB, SOFT, T&F (Sprints)

Brian Sklenar

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sport: BASE, VB, T&F (Throws, Jumps, Pole Vault, Multis)

Jake Tuura

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sport: WBB, SOC, GOLF, S&D

The emphasis of the Advantage Program is on total physical development to improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury. Muscle balance is stressed as the basis for each athlete with special attention to technique and exertion of various lifting techniques. A variety of weight-training styles consistently challenges athletes to perform better as well as understand how the body adapts to training. Combined with nutritional education and consultation, the Advantage Program strives to prepare YSU athletes for success in and out of the sports arena. The Penguin Advantage Program is designed to promote student-athlete development in physical fitness and athletic ability. This comprehensive program incorporates some of the latest and basic methods to train the university's full complement of athletic teams. 

The Penguin Advantage Program is centered in the weight room located on the second level of Stambaugh Stadium. The weight room is main home to all 18 intercollegiate athletic programs as well as general students. With 28,000 pounds of free weights and 8,000 pounds of dumbbells, 14,000 pounds of machine weights and a number of cardiovascular machines, the facility continues to be one of the best in FCS Football.

The Beeghly Center weight room is located on the second floor of the arena. It was first utilized in the summer of 2013. It features weight racks, free weights and other agility training and core workout machines. Men's Basketball, women's basketball, volleyball and swimming and diving will be able to utilize the perfectly designed facility.

The Advantage Program is directed by Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for football Mark Brandenstein. Coach Bradenstein has developed comprehensive year-long programs for all sports at YSU. With the help of a graduate assistant and exercise science interns, he is able to provide quality instruction and direction on an individual basis for student athletes.

Lou Altomare, Brian Sklenar and Jake Tuura are full-time assistants while former strength and conditioning coach Todd Burkey remains a key part of the program assisting with the men's basketball team.

In addition, Dr. Mohammed Shayesteh, a licensed sports nutritionist, provides advice and counseling to athletes in conjunction with their training programs. Coach Brandenstein and the strength and conditioning staff work closely with coaches and administrators to ensure that YSU athletes garner the best experience available.