EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry College Department of Athletics under Interim Director of Athletics Anne Crutchfield is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Caro as Strength & Conditioning Coach. Caro replaces Josh Bullock, who recently accepted a job as a strength & conditioning coach with the U.S. Ski Team.
"I'm grateful to be taking over the strength & conditioning department at Emory & Henry," said Caro. "Coach Bullock has created one of the best Division III programs in the nation and I'm looking forward to building on that success."
Caro comes to Emory & Henry after spending the past three years as the head strength & conditioning coach at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. During his time with the Pioneers, Caro was responsible for all aspects of the strength & conditioning program for 26 different teams while also managing the operations of the University's weight room.
"We are thrilled to welcome Mike Caro to Emory & Henry," commented Crutchfield. "His experience programming for a wide variety of sports combined with his passion for working with student-athletes will make him an outstanding addition to our coaching staff."
Prior to his time at Transy, Caro spent a year and a half at a private performance training facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the head strength & conditioning coach. He was the director of performance for the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, directed performance training for a travel soccer club with more than 100 members and provided private coaching for a National Hockey League player.
Caro has also had stints in strength & conditioning at the University of Michigan, Portland (Oregon) State University and the University of La Verne (California). He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Association of Speed & Explosion, USA Weightlifting and the American Red Cross.
"The culture of Emory & Henry athletics and the conviction the staff and students have for strength & conditioning is truly impressive," Caro added. "It is exciting to be joining a community where the College and its alumni show such a great commitment to excellence in athletics. My staff and I will work diligently as servant-leaders in a relentless pursuit of student-athlete success and championship teams."
A two-time NAIA Track & Field All-American, Caro was the 2003 National Champion and 2004 runner-up in the hammer throw at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He still holds the school record in the event and was inducted into the SHU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Caro graduated summa cum laude from Siena Heights in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer information systems. He earned his Master of Science degree in exercise science & health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013.