|Position:||Senior Associate AD - Athletic Performance|
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.
“Matt has been a prominent figure in the evolution of our athletic performance area, which serves as a major point of emphasis for our NCAA Division I transition ,” said UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl Edwards. “Triton student-athletes and coaches benefit greatly from Matt’s expertise, professional demeanor and his scientific approach toward all aspects of performance.
“UC San Diego is a world leader in a number of areas that can have a positive impact on our athletic program, most notably in research and development of human performance. Matt is the perfect person to integrate our institutional strengths with the strong desire of our coaches and student-athletes to compete at the highest levels possible.”
A 1996 graduate of Sacramento State, Kritz earned a Master of Science from United States Sports Academy in 2004. In 2012, he earned a doctoral degree in human movement from AUT University in New Zealand.
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.