The UC San Diego Athletic Performance staff offers year-round training to all of the 23 Triton athletic teams. Through a wide variety of stimulus and techniques, our professional coaches provide a comprehensive training approach that allows our student-athletes to compete at their highest level.
As an athletic performance staff, we invest fully in the mission of each of our teams as well as to the success of each student-athlete. It is our goal to help each student-athlete realize, if not surpass, his or her athletic potential. Through a blend of scientifically-based training techniques and high intensity motivation, we are able to extract the best out of each of our student-athletes.
The Triton Athletic Performance coaches are certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS) who pride themselves on maintaining their knowledge of the most current training concepts and techniques in order to develop the most comprehensive and competitive student- athlete.
Our staff is a high-energy, hands-on staff that knows what it's like to be dedicated to a team effort for a common goal. We believe that the greatest feeling of accomplishment is to know you did all you could do to become all you can be. It is our passion to make you better.
In October of 2015, UC San Diego opened the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center on campus. The 6,700 square foot area is adjacent to the Alex G. Spanos Training Center, combining for 12,000 square feet of space.
The state-of-the-art facility features zones for strength and conditioning and athletic training/rehabilitation, as well as an outdoor conditioning plaza, offices and a conference room. Specific amenities include 15 Hammer Strength Power Racks, Keiser Functional Trainers, Tendo units, Wattbikes, a 12-person hydro tub and an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
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The UC San Diego athletics program appointed high performance specialist Matt Kritz as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Performance in February of 2019.
Kritz, who served as the department’s Director of Athletic Performance from 1999-2006, returns to UC San Diego after spending a decade in New Zealand helping develop a national strategy to positively impact performance in international competition. He served as National Director of Strength and Conditioning for High Performance Sport New Zealand from 2008-15 before co-founding and serving as Managing Director of Athlete Nation.
Previously, Kritz served in a consulting role for UC San Diego in athletic performance. Under his direction, the unit has expanded to provide Triton student-athletes with first-class support services related to strength and conditioning, nutrition, rehabilitation, sport psychology and injury prevention. In 2014, Kritz helped design and manage the opening of the Spanos Athletic Performance Center.
While with High Performance New Zealand, Kritz was an integral figure in a national sport initiative that yielded a 100 percent increase in Olympic medals won by New Zeland athletes from 2008-16. He assisted with the effort to secure a $40 million investment that led to six national sport training centers equipped with state-of-the-art biofeedback training and monitoring solutions.
Kritz led the growth and expansion of the country’s national strength and conditioning discipline from three to 36 full and part time staff members. He served as a national sport science lead for a variety of New Zealand’s sport athletes and programs, including women’s rugby 7’s, field hockey, netball, BMX and track and field.
Over the years, he has made numerous international presentations on sport science, has been published seven times and owns a patent on a world recognized movement competency screening tool designed to assist sport and health professionals to better understand an individual’s movement competency related to injury mechanics.
Myles Cooper returned to UC San Diego in September of 2013 to serve as the Tritons' Senior Sport Performance Coach.
Just prior, Cooper was an assistant athletic performance coach at UCLA from 2011-13.
Cooper was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UCSD in July of 2010, where he worked until 2011 before departing for UCLA.
Cooper served as a strength and conditioning intern at Marquette University before his time in Westwood. He worked with men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's tennis and women's basketball.
Cooper has also worked as an intern in the strength and conditioning department at the University of Utah and served as a conditioning coach at Park City High School in Park City, Utah.
From January 2008 to August 2009, he worked as a facility manager at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Kearns, Utah, and has also spent time with the ABA's Utah Snow Bears.
Cooper earned a Bachelor's Degree in athletic training from Weber State University in 2002 and went on to obtain his Master's in exercise physiology with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from Baylor University in 2007. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Lauren Green was named a Sports Performance Analyst by the University of California San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Department in the fall of 2018.
Green came to La Jolla from the East Coast, where he worked as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Brooklyn Nets. With the Nets, Green was responsible for administering resistance training programs, collecting and organizing sports science data and assisting the front office and coaches in prospective player assessments. Additionally, Green was the sports performance lead for the Long Island Nets, the G-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets.
Prior to working with the Nets, Green spent a little under three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the organization before transitioning to the Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. While in those positions, Green created and implemented resistance training programs along with new player education programs for speed development, strength training, nutrition and sports psychology.
Before working for the Dodgers, Green was a Strength and Conditioning Intern at the University of Denver, a Sports Performance Coach with Impact Sports Performance and a Personal Trainer at Fitness Together. Green began his career as an Assistant Baseball Coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
Green earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education Teaching and Coaching from St. Cloud State University. Following his time there, Green earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Concordia University Chicago.|
Jon Gregory was named Sport Performance Coach at UC San Diego in December 2016.
Prior to arriving on campus, Gregory served as director of strength and conditioning at Saint Mary’s College (2013-16). During this time, he was the head strength and conditioning coach for the Gaels baseball, tennis, men’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs. In addition, Gregory developed and directed an internship program for the graduate kinesiology department, developed comprehensive player development programs, and also instructed student-athletes on lifting techniques, body mechanics, injury prevention and recovery techniques.
A native of Fremont, Gregory earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from Saint Mary’s in 2013. He later received his master’s in strength and conditioning from Saint Mary’s in 2015.
Jesi Metz was named a Sport Performance Coach with UC San Diego in September of 2015.
Prior to coming to La Jolla, Metz was a graduate assistant in Strength and Conditioning at Grand Canyon University from 2013-15. She was also an assistant women's basketball coach at GCU from 2011-13. She held the same role at Northwest Nazarene University from 2007-11.
Metz received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Northwest Nazarene University in 2006 and her Master of Arts in psychology In 2014.
Matt Cox was named UC San Diego's Performance Coach for Aquatics in July of 2017.
Before arriving at UC San Diego, Cox served as graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Hawai'i from 2015-17 with the Men's Swimming, Diving, Women's Track and Men's Tennis programs. Prior to UH, Cox was a strength and conditioning intern at Marshall University, working with all Olympic sports from January 2014-August 2015. He also spent time at UCLA as an Athletic Performance intern with Men's Water Polo and Men's Volleyball in 2014.
Cox graduated from Campbell University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, before obtaining his master's in kinesiology and rehabilitation science with an emphasis in physical activity in 2017. He is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW).
Matt Cox was named UC San Diego's Performance Coach for Aquatics in July of 2017.