Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Sixth Season at Florida
Steve Orris is in his sixth season as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the baseball program at the University of Florida. His responsibilities include designing and implementing year-round strength, speed and conditioning workouts for the Gators in the Griffin/Oakley Strength and Conditioning Center. Orris guides each student-athlete through an individual training program designed to enhance strength as well as explosive power, speed, agility, endurance, coordination, balance and flexibility.
He also oversees the conditioning program for the nationally-ranked UF softball squad which advanced to the 2008 NCAA Women's College World Series for the first time in school history and claimed the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles. During his tenure with the Gators, Orris has produced two SEC Players of the Year (Matt LaPorta in 2005 & 2007 and Kristen Butler in 2006) and two SEC Pitchers of the Year (Justin Hoyman in 2004 and Stacey Nelson in 2008).
Orris is officially certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach. In addition, he has completed American Red Cross CPR training and earned his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.
Prior to his arrival in Gainesville, Orris was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., from 2001-03. He worked primarily with the Pride baseball, men's basketball, softball, wrestling and volleyball teams. His programs included strength training, with free weights and machines, Olympic-style weightlifting, plyometrics, speed, agility and quickness, conditioning and flexibility routines.
Previously, Orris spent between July 2003 and February 2004 as a volunteer assistant for the Gators. During his career, the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native has completed internships with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros, and the Miami Dolphins.
A 2000 graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, Orris earned a master's degree in health education from Hofstra University in 2003. He and his wife, the former Michelle Ortega of Miramar, Fla., who is a dentist in the area, reside in Gainesville. The couple has a daughter Meilani Liu (1), and also has an English bulldog named Sirena.