Florida Gators Strength and Conditioning
Assistant Director, Strength and Conditioning/Olympic Sports
Matt DeLancey begins his ninth season as an assistant director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at the University of Florida. DeLancey works with Florida’s volleyball team, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams and the field-event athletes for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
DeLancey designs and implements the strength and conditioning program for the Gators. In addition to weight training, the athletes are on a year-round conditioning program that enhances their power, speed, agility, flexibility and overall anaerobic endurance levels.
DeLancey’s impact on his teams have been dramatic. During his tenure, assigned teams have captured 12 Southeastern Conference Championships and two national titles, as the women’s swimming and diving team and men’s indoor track and field teams claimed NCAA crowns this past year.
Individually, DeLancey has mentored athletes to 36 NCAA individual championships and 124 SEC individual championships. Additionally, DeLancey’s athletes have earned 625 All-America honors under his direction.
DeLancey has trained some of the world’s greatest athletes, including three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte and world record holder Gemma Spofforth.
Since DeLancey’s arrival prior to the start of the 2003 season, his impact is evident, as the Gators have posted a 48-14 (.774) record in matches lasting four sets or longer. His program is designed to allow Florida to be as fresh at the end of the fifth set as it was at the start of the match.
“We believe that we have the country’s premier strength and conditioning coach for the sport of volleyball,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “It’s one of the factors that has led to our success. It is the attention to detail and the sport-specific, position-specific approach that makes the training we get from Matt so unique. It’s not a cookie-cutter program. It is individually designed with state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge training. We combine those two factors and that is why we reap the benefits.”
DeLancey has 11 years of coaching and teaching experience from the high school to the college level, including a stint as the associate head football coach and head strength coach for the weight-lifting team at Carson Long Military Institute, and as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University.
During the summer of 2002, he interned in the strength and conditioning department at the University of Richmond, where he assisted with football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and men’s and women’s soccer. In August of 2002, he began working in the strength and conditioning department with the football team and the women’s throwers at Florida. In the spring of 2005, DeLancey was promoted to Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, Olympic Sports.
DeLancey earned his bachelor of science in physical education and health in 1998 from East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University. He also holds the NSCA, CSCS and USAW Club Coach Level 1 certifications.
DeLancey is engaged to Aurymar Rodriguez, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and resides in Gainesville.