Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at Westminster is designed to introduce our student-athletes to functional strength training and conditioning in a way that develops the athlete as a person. Student-athletes learn how to perform key movements safely and effectively in order to reduce the risk of sports injury and to improve performance. They are exposed to a variety of resistance training techniques to develop speed and explosiveness as well as strength and durability.
We instill in our athletes sufficient mastery of technique and programming concepts so that they are prepared to continue their sport beyond Westminster or to carry on an effective individual fitness program. More than simply serving our sports teams, S&C also addresses Westminster’s core values of community, character, balance and involvement based on the idea that a successful athletic program will build bonds among participants as they face challenges to meet both personal and team goals.
Strength and Conditioning is offered as an afternoon activity during the winter term. Danny Batten also works with teams and throughout the community to make programming available more in other ways.
Coach Batten joins Westminster after four years of teaching and coaching at St. Andrew’s School as well as a year as a trainer and coach at the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell in Tennessee. His favorite part about strength and conditioning is that there is always room to learn and to improve as a coach and as an athlete. He also teaches Spanish and lives in Memorial with his wife, Ashley, and their two dogs, Lily and Jake.
Coach Batten has earned and maintains the following certifications:
· NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
· USA Weightlifting: Sport Performance Coach; Local Weightlifting Club Referee
· USA Track and Field: Level 1 Coach
· American Red Cross: First Aid/CPR/AED
· MBSC: Certified Functional Strength Coach
· ACE: Certified Group Exercise Instructor (past)