- Preston Greene
Preston Greene enters his fourth season as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Florida after being hired on August 23, 2011. In his two seasons at Florida, he has helped the team earn a 91-22 record, win the 2013 and 2014 SEC championships, make three Elite Eights and earn a trip to the 2014 Final Four. Greene has trained Bradley Beal, the third-overall 2012 NBA draft pick, 2013 NBA draft pick Erik Murphy and 2014 New Orleans Pelicans signee Patric Young.
Greene came to the Gators after a two-year stint from 2009-11 as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Clemson men’s basketball. During his time at Clemson, the Tigers posted a combined record of 43-23 and advanced to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. Clemson earned its first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years in 2011 when the Tigers knocked off UAB in the first round.
Greene is one of several internationally certified Level 5 coaches through the Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) and is a BioSignature Modulation Practitioner. He also contributed to the third edition of Basketball for Dummies by Digger Phelps, released in October 2011, updating and revising a chapter on strength and conditioning. In addition, Greene has hosted several private internships from coaches internationally, including Canada, Sweden, Germany, Dubai (UAE) and Australia.
During his first season at Florida, Greene’s work with the Gators was featured on the cover of Bigger, Faster, Stronger magazine, including an in-depth Q&A with Greene.
Greene, a 1999 Clemson graduate, returned to his alma mater after multiple stops, including a one-year stint (2008-09) as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Stanford under head coach Johnny Dawkins. He designed and implemented all aspects of the Cardinal players’ strength and speed development programs and oversaw the team’s nutritional needs. Stanford posted a 20-14 record and advanced to the College Basketball Invitational.
Prior to his lone season in Palo Alto, Greene served as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Charlotte from 2003-08. He worked primarily with the men’s basketball team under coach Bobby Lutz and also worked closely with the men’s golf team. Greene was an Assistant Strength, Speed & Conditioning Coach at the University of Arizona for two years prior to his time with the 49ers program. At Arizona, he assisted with the implementation of strength, speed and conditioning for the football team, while serving as the Head Strength Coach for the women’s basketball and women’s soccer programs. He also directed the department’s nutrition and supplementation program.
The Peachtree City, Ga., native worked as a student and graduate assistant under Joey Batson from 1995-99. He was in charge of strength & conditioning for golf, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, and volleyball. He also assisted with football during his time at Clemson. He is one of several former student or graduate assistants under Batson to have been named director of strength & conditioning at another institution.
Several of Greene’s assistant strength coaches have earned top positions with various Division I athletic programs. Collin Crane, 2013-14 assistant at UF, is the head men’s basketball strength coach at Missouri State. Greene’s assistant in 2011-12, Will Greenberg, now serves as the top assistant strength coach for Army’s football team. Jim Krumpos, who worked for Greene at Charlotte, is now the director of strength and conditioning at Arizona. Bradford Scott, a graduate assistant under Greene at Arizona, is the director of athletic performance at Portland. Stephen DiLustro, who also worked alongside Greene at Arizona, is a sports performance coach for several teams at Stanford.
Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Clemson in 1999, with a minor in sport management. He received a master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Minnesota in applied kinesiology and sports management. Greene holds numerous certifications and memberships, including the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also recently earned certification as a performance enhancement specialist by the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM).
He is the co-founder of the Eleiko Strength Summit, first held on May 8, 2010, at the Poliquin Strength Institute in Greenwich, R.I. The Eleiko Strength Summit is an invite-only event that attracts the elite level strength & conditioning coaches in the United States.