JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter's University Interim Director of Athletics, David Bryngil, has announced the addition of Mike Vasalani to the athletic department staff. Vasalani will serve as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Performance/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
"The Saint Peter's University Athletic Department is truly thrilled to welcome Mike Vasalani to the staff as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Performance/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach," said Bryngil. "Mike has worked with elite athletes at the highest levels of the sports world with decades of experience at both the professional and collegiate levels. In his time with the New Jersey Devils, he played an integral role in building a franchise that won three Stanley Cup championships. His philosophy and approach to training athletes is exceptional and we have no doubts that the student-athletes of Peacock athletics will love working with such a knowledgeable coach who is a terrific motivator. Clearly Mike possesses the ability to develop athletes who are both physically and mentally prepared to win championships, and we are extremely fortunate to have him joining our team in Saint Peter's Athletics."
With almost three decades of experience in strength and conditioning, Vasalani will be responsible for designing and implementing year-round training programs for all 19 Division I sports programs at Saint Peter's. He joins the Peacock staff after most recently serving as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the NHL's New Jersey Devils for 22 seasons from 1993 to 2015. With the Devils, Vasalani designed and implemented the year-round fitness regimes and assisted in player rehabilitation, return-to-action programs, and nutrition and supplementation requirements. Prior to his two decades with the Devils, he spent six years with the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the University of Maryland where he served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at both. While at Maryland, Vasalani helped develop strength and conditioning programs for 21 intercollegiate varsity sports with an emphasis on basketball and football. During that time, he also served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Gallaudet University (for hearing impaired students) in Washington, D.C. from February 1992 until joining Devils.
Vasalani is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he earned his degree in exercise science. He is a member of both the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Sports Science Association.