East Greenwich, R.I. native returns to Queens, where he was a staple from 1995-98.
Caronia, a certified specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (C.S.C.S.) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (S.C.C.C.), 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 yearly strength and conditioning program for the women's basketball program, which includes preseason, in-season and off-season strength and conditioning workouts. Specifically the program uses a variety of exercises such as Olympic lifting, plyometrics, functional movements, speed and agility exercises, dynamic stretching and recovery techniques to improve the physical fitness of the student-athlete. He will also oversee the nutritional activities of the team which include pre and post workout fueling as well as meal plan supervision with the St. John’s sports nutritionist. Caronia oversees the day- to-day activities of the Taffner Fieldhouse weight room, which includes work-study student supervision, budget and maintenance duties.
Additionally, he will be working with various Olympic sports teams at St. John’s such as the men’s tennis, women’s tennis and track & field teams. Caronia’s strength and conditioning program is designed specifically to prevent injury and improve peak athletic performance for the student-athlete. Each strength program is developed to meet the physical demands that the sport places upon the student-athlete. He also provides nutrition advice for these student-athletes as well as proper recovery techniques.
Since returning to St. John’s for a second term, Caronia has been a part of four conference championship teams.
In his first term at St. John's, Caronia 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 St. John’s University 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. Caronia was a part of two conference championship teams, one of which was a national title team, during this tenure.
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. With the Mavericks, Caronia was a part of 11 conference championship teams.
From 1991-1993 Caronia was at Clemson University as a graduate assistant for the strength and conditioning program. With the Tigers he was responsible for the administration of strength and conditioning for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and wrestling teams, while assisting with football. While with Clemson, Caronia was part of the men's basketball program that made the postseason NIT for the first time in program history and was part of the 1991 ACC Champion football team. 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. He made his start in strength training at his alma mater, Springfield College, working with the women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams.
In his career, Caronia has coached a multitude of collegiate athletes who have gone forward to find careers in the professional ranks (football, baseball, track and basketball), as well as NCAA conference champions (football, baseball, basketball, track, fencing, golf and tennis), NCAA national champions (soccer) and Olympians (fencing and track & field).
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 on strength and conditioning for baseball 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. His other lecture was “Preparation for the Female Collegiate Basketball Athlete” through the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s New York state clinic.
Caronia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness from Springfield College in 1989. He then went on to receive his Masters of Science in Physical Education, with a concentration in Athletic Administration and Sports Management from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. Along with the C.S.C.S. and S.C.C.C. certifications, Caronia is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (P.E.S.) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (C.E.S.). He is certified as a Level 1 Administer of the Functional Movement Screen through Functional Movement Systems. In addition he is also certified through the YMCA as a Physical Fitness Specialist and Strength Trainer. In 2001, Caronia was awarded a Citation from the Office of the Executive, Nassau County, NY for volunteer work on Long Island.
A New Jersey native, Caronia and his wife currently reside in Long Island.