Position: Director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning
2010-11: An 18-year coaching veteran, John Sisk enters his ninth year as Vanderbilt's Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning.
Sisk plays a vital role with the Commodore football program, developing prospects who can compete effectively in the nation's premier football conference while directing the team's conditioning effort.
Sisk and his strength staff have enjoyed plenty of success. The 2008 Commodores that captured the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, due in large part to their superb fitness level, outscored their opponents 127-81 after halftime.
Sisk's aim is to be build stronger players, who in turn who can translate the added strength to the gridiron. Much of Sisk's offseason conditioning routine is aimed at enhancing individual physical traits important to the football field.
"John makes guys better football players, and he also works well with each student-athlete on a personal and physical level," former head coach Bobby Johnson said.
Sisk's pupils also witness huge results in the weightroom. Since arriving on campus, nearly 100 different Commodore players have bench pressed at least 400 pounds, including nine on the current roster. He has mentored four former Commodores into strength and conditioning All-Americans: linemen Justin Geisinger, Chris Williams and Gabe Hall, and quarterback Jay Cutler.
Since 2002, 12 former Commodores that came through Sisk's program remain in the National Football League. Seven former standouts have been taken in the NFL draft since 2006, including first-rounders Cutler and Williams, who went from an undersized 245-pound prospect on his arrival at Vanderbilt to the No. 14 pick overall in the 2008 draft.
Sisk has also worked with four Commodore baseball players selected as first-round picks by Major League Baseball: 2007 No. 1 pick David Price, 2008 No. 2 selection Pedro Alvarez, pitcher Casey Weathers and pitcher Mike Minor.
The relationship between Sisk and Johnson dates to 1994, when Sisk was a Furman strength assistant in Johnson's first year as coach.
Sisk joined Vanderbilt after working at Clemson where he was responsible for the conditioning of skilled-position athletes.
Sisk played football at Western Carolina. After spending three years as a football/strength coach at Tuscola H.S., he joined Furman in 1993. He was named to guide the Western Carolina conditioning program in 1995. He joined Clemson in 1997.