Dave  Lawson

Dave Lawson

Director of Strength and Conditioning

Alma Mater:
West Virginia Tech '92


Education: West Virginia Tech 1992
Family: Wife Shannon; Children: BrittLeigh, Emma, Maggie and J.D.

» 2013-present: Tennessee, director of strength and conditioning
» 2010-12: Cincinnati, asst. AD, director of sports performance and football strength and conditioning
» 2007-09: Central Michigan, director of strength and conditioning
» 2001-06: Eastern Michigan, head strength and conditioning coach
» 1995-01: West Virginia, asst. strength and conditioning coach
» 1994-95: West Virginia, GA, strength and conditioning
» 1992-93: West Virginia Tech, assistant

  • Has been a part of 11 teams that played in bowl games, including the Vols 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Championship, and four that won conference championships
  • Spent three years at Cincinnati as the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Performance and Director of Football strength and conditioning at the University of Cincinnati
  • Bearcats won two football conference championships while he served as director.
  • Spent three years at Central Michigan University (2007-09) where he oversaw and directed the strength and conditioning efforts for all 16 CMU varsity athletic programs
  • Served as director while CMU captured eight athletic conference championships
  • Certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified speed and explosion specialist by the National Association of Speed and Explosion
  • Coached 24 Strength and Conditioning All-Americans, eight football All-Americans and more than 80 football players either drafted or signed as free agents by the NFL
  • In 2009, recognized as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor presented in the field, by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA)
  • Spent six years working at Eastern Michigan University as the head strength and conditioning coach from 2001-07
  • Eagles teams captured 24 total athletic championships during his tenure
  • Worked at West Virginia for seven seasons from 1994-01
  • Started as a graduate assistant in 1994 before being named assistant strength and conditioning coordinator in May 1995.
  • Began career as an undergraduate at West Virginia Tech, as student assistant on both the strength and conditioning staff and football coaching staff
  • Named head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater and served as an assistant on the football staff, coaching defensive linemen and special teams in 1992 and 1993
  • Earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1992 and a master of science degree in physical education from West Virginia University in 1995
  • Charter member of the Power Systems Advisory Board
  • Lawson and his wife Shannon have four children, BrittLeigh (14), Emma (12), Maggie (9) and J.D. (6)


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