June 7, 2013
Vanderbilt head men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings has announced the appointment of Garry Christopher as the program's new Strength and Conditioning coach. Christopher joins the Commodores after spending one season at Purdue.
"We're excited to bring Garry aboard," said Stallings. "He is a young, energetic coach who has had experience in the Big 10 working at the highest level. We'll count on him to continue preparing our players for the mental and physical rigors of a Southeastern Conference basketball season."
Christopher comes to Nashville after working with the Purdue athletic department as a sports performance assistant. He oversaw the sports performance program for softball and women's tennis, while assisting with the men's basketball program.
Christopher previously served as a volunteer graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department at San Diego State. He was also a strength and conditioning intern at the Rehab United Sports Performance and Physical Therapy Center in San Diego, while simultaneously serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Lincoln High School.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with one of the best coaches in all of college basketball in Coach Stallings and alongside a highly decorated coaching staff dedicated to developing student-athletes, not only on the court, but in every facet of life," said Christopher. "I look forward to continuing the vision set forth by Coach Stallings and becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community."
Christopher received a bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Baylor in 2008 and a Master's in kinesiology from San Diego State in 2011. While working toward his Master's, Christopher served as an instructor of musculoskeletal fitness and an instructor for beginning and advanced students in weight training. He played basketball at LeTourneau University during the 2003-04 season.
Christopher is a USAW sports performance coach.