|Position:||Strength & Conditioning|
Darin Lovat enters his fifth year as Eastern's strength and conditioning coach. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is responsible for the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for Eastern's 300 student-athletes. Lovat spent the three previous years at UCLA, first as a strength and conditioning intern and then as a full-time assistant. He was responsible for design and administration of programs for men's basketball, men's volleyball, men's soccer, women's water polo and sprinters and jumpers in women's track and field. He also spent spring 2000 working with the baseball program, and from December 2001 to February 2002 working with the Bruin football squad as the top assistant. Two of the teams he worked with - women's water polo in 2002 and men's volleyball in 2001 - won NCAA titles. Prior to that, Lovat was the head strength and conditioning coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where he also received his master's degree in exercise science in 1999. He also worked with the Carolina Panthers as an intern and at his alma mater UNLV as a student assistant. Lovat received his bachelor's degree from UNLV in 1998 after playing in 47 consecutive Rebel football games from 1993-1996. He played on the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl championship team, and was twice selected as the school's Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also selected twice to the Big West Conference All-Academic team. Besides being a certified strength and conditioning coach, he is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach and has competed in power lifting since high school. He is a 1993 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill. Lovat was married in December 2004 to the former Ann McConnell. He is the nephew of former long-time Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom Lovat.