St. John's Welcomes Back Alfred Caronia As Strength And Conditioning Coach

Alfred Caronia working with Amber Thompson of the women's basketball team.

Nov. 29, 2012

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's Athletic Department named Alfred Caronia the strength and conditioning coach for the women's basketball program in summer 2012, marking his second tour of duty at St. John's. Caronia boasts 20 years of significant experience in both strength and conditioning and fitness/physical education, which spans many levels including sport professionals, collegiate student-athletes, middle and elementary school students.

"I am excited to return to St. John's and have the opportunity to work with such a successful program in the women's basketball team," said Caronia. "The strength program has grown tremendously since I first developed it while in my first stint with the University and I look forward to continuing this growth."

Caronia, a certified specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a YMCA Strength Trainer and a Certified Physical Fitness Specialist, developed the first organized strength and conditioning program for St. John's University's then-22 intercollegiate sports programs in 1995.

Caronia is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating the strength and conditioning program for the women's basketball program, which includes, preseason, in season and offseason strength and conditioning workouts. Additionally, he will be working with the Olympic sports teams. Caronia's program is specifically geared towards preventing injury and improving athletic performance.

In his first turn at St. John's, he oversaw operations for student-athlete as well as student weight rooms. From 1995-98, he managed a full-time and part time staff as well as work study and graduate students. Caronia was also a lecturer on health, fitness and strength/conditioning college-level classes. He was nominated for the Herbert V. Hess Coach of the Year Award in 1996 and was recognized by the University, when he received the SJU Recognition Program Award in March 1998. During his first term with St. John's, the baseball team went to the 1997 NCAA Tournament as BIG EAST Tournament Champions and the men's soccer team was the 1996 national champions.

Prior to St. John's, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was responsible for the 14 NCAA intercollegiate athletic programs. Similar to St. John's, he started the first organized strength and conditioning program for the Mavericks. Caronia also developed a liaison with Springfield College for strength and conditioning graduate students. With the Mavericks, Caronia was a part of 11 conference championship teams.

Caronia made his start at Clemson as a graduate assistant for the strength and conditioning program from 1991-93. With the Tigers he was responsible for the administration of the strength and conditioning program for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and wrestling, while assisting with football. While with Clemson, Caronia was part of the men's basketball program who made the postseason NIT for the first time and a football squad that won the ACC Conference. He also acted as an adjunct professor for an Introduction to Strength and Conditioning for undergraduate students at Clemson, while working on a second Master's in Education.

In addition to his practice of strength and conditioning, Caronia has also had his written work published in various national publications, including Runners World magazine and a chapter in the textbook "The Fundamentals of Coaching and Playing Baseball." He has also lead lectures on various health and physical fitness topics such as "Fundamentals for the Personal Trainer: How to Assess Fitness for the Individual" as part of the American Association of Personal Trainers certification program. He also led a lecture at St. John's University, "Education Through Sports," for the Yes Clinic in July 1997, which introduced local middle and elementary school students to the health topic of physical education.

Caronia has also worked as a fitness and sports exercise consultant in Long Beach, N.Y. and the New York metro area, was a fitness service manager at New York Sports Club in Woodmere, N.Y. and was a physical education teacher at St. Catherine of Sienna School in Franklin Square, N.Y.

Caronia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness from Springfield College in 1989. He then received his Masters of Science in Physical Education, with a concentration in Athletic Administration and Sports Management from University of Rhode Island in 1991. Caronia is working toward his National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.

A Rhode Island native, Caronia and his wife currently reside in Long Island.

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