Garry Christopher is in his third season at Pitt and his first as director of sports performance under head coach Jeff Capel. He also spent three seasons at Vanderbilt (2013-16) as well as one year at Purdue (2012-13) and San Diego State (2009-11).
In his current role, Christopher oversees all athletic performance-related efforts for the Pitt basketball program, including strength and conditioning as well as individualized training programs. He will also work closely with the medical teams on development rehabilitation plans and with Pitt’s nutritionist to create comprehensive nutritional plans for the team.
“Garry is highly respected in the industry and has a strong track record of helping student-athletes reach their full athletic potential,” said head caoch Jeff Capel. “He has shown the ability to connect with student-athletes and create a high-energy atmosphere in the weight room. We will combine traditional training methods with the latest technological advances to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to perform at elite levels.”
Christopher spent three seasons at Vanderbilt as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball program. During his time in Nashville, he helped mold three current NBA players in Damian Jones, Wade Baldwin and Luke Kornet. Baldwin and Jones were both first round selections in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, Christopher spent one season at Purdue working with the Boilermaker 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.
He is also a USAW sport performance coach and has CSCS certification.
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 before transferring to Baylor.