Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Luke Day, who brings weight room experience to Marshall from the NFL and major college football, was named the Thundering Herd's head strength and conditioning coach in January 2016. His primary work will be with MU football.
Day, 28, joined the Herd after one year as an assistant on the Cincinnati Bengals' strength and conditioning staff. He was recommended by Scott Sinclair, Day's predecessor who in three years transformed the Herd strength and conditioning philosophy during a run of three straight seasons of 10 or more wins by Coach Doc Holliday's team.
Day and Sinclair - who moved from MU to the strength and conditioning director's role at Georgia - previously worked together at UCF under veteran strength coach Ed Ellis.
Day is a native of Hamilton, Ohio, where he is significantly involved with inner-city ministry for the Hamilton Dream Center, assisting there in the past year while with the Bengals. Prior to his year with the Bengals, he spent two years as an assistant in strength and conditioning at UCF, following stints at USF (2012) and Cincinnati (2011-12). He also served as a summer volunteer in strength and conditioning with the New Orleans Saints in 2010.
Day graduated from Hamilton High School in 2006 and went to Morehead State, where he played defensive line for two years. He transferred "back home" to Miami (Ohio) and started working as a strength room intern and graduated with a degree in physical education.
His first job was designing, developing and implementing a weight room and strength program at Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati, and through that work he made connections to the University of Cincinnati, where he spent 14 months on the strength and conditioning staff.
Day and his wife, Trisha, have a son, Jay and a daughter, Norah.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Billy Brown is in his third season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Marshall where he works closely with football and baseball programs.
Brown comes to Marshall after working at The Citadel as a graduate assistant of strength and conditioning since January 2012. There he coordinated all aspects of the baseball and cross country programs and assisted year round with football and wrestling.
Prior to The Citadel, Brown was a part time strength and conditioning coach at UCF in 2011 from August to December. He implemented workouts with football and assisted with men's and women's tennis, baseball, track and all other Olympic sports.
He did an internship at UCF from 2010-11 while completing a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Fitness in May 2011.
Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant
Brian Pieper is in his first year as a graduate assistant at Marshall.
Pieper comes to Marshall after completing an internship at Baylor University, where he worked with the 2013 Big 12 Champion football program and volleyball. Prior to that, Pieper interned at Washington State University, working with volleyball and baseball; and the University of Nebraska where he worked with baseball.
A native of North Platte, Nebraska, Pieper graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in the Spring of 2013, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness. There, Pieper was a two-year letterman and earned a starting receiver position with the football program. He is currently working on his Masters of Science in Exercise Sciences and holds the certification of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC).