The Times West Virginian

Mickey Furfari

January 31, 2008

Joseph officially hired by WVU

MORGANTOWN — Michael Joseph now is West Virginia University’s new director of strength and conditioning.

Athletic Director Ed Pastilong made the official announcement on Wednesday after paperwork on his appointment was completed.

Joseph, a Fairmont native, comes to WVU from Notre Dame, where he served as an assistant in strength and conditioning for five years.

He will administer, coordinate, develop, implement and teach strength and conditioning for all Mountaineer student-athletes with a major emphasis on football, according to WVU associate athletic director for finance and administration Russ Sharp.

Sharp, who served as search committee chairman, said Joseph is well qualified for the position.

“We conducted a national search with many excellent candidates and tremendous interest,” he stated. “Michael brings knowledge of the program, exceptional credentials, a great attitude and tremendous recommendations.

“We are all looking forward to his getting started here at WVU.”

Joseph said, “I grew up around West Virginia athletics and went to school there, so I am extremely excited to be able to come back home for a dream job.

“West Virginia is one of the best in the nation, both academically and athletically, and I am very impressed by the administration’s commitment to each. Especially over the past few years, the athletic program has become one of the elite programs in the nation.”

He’s admittedly looking forward to working with each student-athlete and team and trying to advance them to a higher level.

While at Notre Dame, Joseph has worked with football and was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, volleyball and softball.

Bill Stewart, who was named WVU’s new head football coach on Jan. 3, thinks the Mountaineer family is thrilled to be able to attract such a highly qualified person in his field.

“We believe he is the finest young strength coach in the country,” he said.

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