By Christopher Galvan
Cal Poly Pomona Athletics has hired a new coach for its Division II teams. Last month, the Broncos welcomed Jordan Alcantar as the strength and conditioning coach for its Division II teams.
A CPP alumnus (exercise science, ’10) and former Bronco student-athlete, Alcantar played baseball for the Broncos from 2007 to 2010.
Alcantar received a master’s degree in kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. He also had recent experience as a strength and conditioning coach with both the University of Southern California and Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning, and has several certifications including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
“It’s exciting to be back where I played college sports,” said Alcantar. “I am going to enjoy being able to use my experiences to get these student-athletes stronger and faster. I love being back at the school that I love, doing what I love.”
Alcantar previously worked with the CPP volleyball team, focusing on strength, conditioning, weightlifting and power development, His new position is a step up and representative of his experience. The Broncos have been looking to improve key areas of the student-athlete program, including strength and conditioning.
“Strength and conditioning was an area that we definitely needed something to improve our student athletic experience and bolster our competitive level,” said Associate Athletic Director Stephanie Duke. “He definitely knows us well and can bring a lot of pride to our program.”
There was quite a bit of work for Alcantar to start on from day one, says Duke.
“He came in when our fall sports had already started training,” said Duke. “Now we have everyone back, and he’s running around like crazy training our teams.”
Although he has a lot to get done for the Broncos this year, his position is a new and vital one. A strength and conditioning coach frees up time for team coaches to focus on training and player management.
“[Previously] we didn’t have somebody to do this,” said Duke. “Our coaches were the ones managing their strength and conditioning programs. Now they have a professional to do that and work with our teams.”
Duke also says that having a new voice helps with the student-athletes learn new things.
“It frees up time for our coaches and allows a different voice for our student-athletes to hear,” said Duke.
“Now we have someone who is certified in that area, which from a safety standpoint is something that is very important.”
Alcantar fills a much needed role for CPP Athletics, improving the teams while allowing the coaches to focus on their areas of expertise. Brian Swanson, director of athletics, is excited to be bringing in such a qualified candidate.
“Working in collaboration with our coaches, we continually discuss how we can move our program forward,” said Swanson. “As we identified our needs, one priority was hiring a strength and conditioning coach [for all our players].
“Jordan is the results-oriented professional that we were looking for to enhance the student-athlete experience.
Swanson also credits Alcantar for being a former athlete at CPP helps with the dedication and hard work he puts in with the athletes.
“Being a former student-athlete and alum of Cal Poly Pomona, I know he is extremely passionate for and dedicated to Bronco Athletics. We are very fortunate that Jordan is joining our team, and our student-athletes and coaches will greatly benefit from his expertise.”
Alcantar is more than excited to start working with his fellow Broncos, and has been waiting for this position as a former athlete with a lot to give.
“Athletes respond to a coach that’s been in their shoes before, and [a coach] that understands its not just being in the weight room,” said Alcantar. “It’s being in the classroom, having homework, and trying to balance being an athlete.
Alcantar also said that it helps that the student-athletes respect him and work with him.
“For me, it kind of helps them take me a little more seriously,” said Alcantar. “They know I’m doing it for a reason. Being an athlete and then being a coach, it helps them and helps us get to where we need to go.”
Racieli Andrada / The Poly Post
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