James Madison University

Alumni Highlight - Joe Baroch

Joe Baroch

As a Kinesiology undergrad at JMU, Joe Baroch worked as a volunteer student assistant strength and conditioning coach at JMU's Plecker Athletic Performance Center.  During his Junior and Senior year, he worked with the Dukes' Football, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Golf, and Swim and Dive teams.  Under the guidance of JMU Strength Coaches Jim Durning and Justin Jones, Joe used this experience to build the foundation for his coaching style and training philosophies. 

To gain further experience, Joe also pursued other opportunities during college.  He completed an internship for the University of Maryland Football Strength and Conditioning Program the summer after his junior year, and was hired by the JMU Club Rugby team to lead their conditioning workouts during his senior year.    Furthermore, by the time he graduated in 2010, he had worked to become Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and Sports Performance Coach Certified through USA Weightlifting. 

After graduation, North Carolina State University hired Joe as an intern assistant strength coach.  While at NC State, he assisted with all aspects of strength and conditioning for Men's Basketball, Swim and Dive, and Men's Soccer.  As time went on, he also earned enough responsibility to be assigned his own teams -- Wrestling, track sprinters, and cheerleaders.

The NC State position only lasted a year, so after it ended Joe landed a job as an assistant strength coach at William and Mary. At The College, Joe oversees the complete design and implementation of Men and Women's Swimming, Men and Women's Tennis, Field Hockey, and Women's Gymnastics.  He also assists in all aspects of football training.  His goals for the future are to obtain a master's degree in his field and to become a head strength coach at a competitive Division I college.