Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Men's Basketball, Olympic Sports
Joe Varga began working at Marshall in the summer of 2011 and is the director of strength and conditioning for olympic sports and the men's basketball team.
He comes to Marshall after spending the last three seasons at The Citadel. Varga served as a graduate assistant with the Bulldogs before becoming the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning in May of 2010 where he directly oversaw the men's basketball program.
During the 2007-08 season, Varga was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Rhode Island. He worked primarily with men's and women's track and field, men's and women's tennis, women's crew, women's gymnastics and men's and women's swimming.
Not all of Varga's time has been spent in collegiate athletics as he spent the 2007-08 years as a personal trainer at the Borough's Family Branch YMCA in Westboro, Mass. Varga spent time training individuals of all ages and develop challenging workouts to help clients meet their goals.
One of Varga's early jobs in collegiate athletics was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. He was the strength and conditioning coach primarily in charge of women's crew. Varga also interned at the College of Holy Cross from 2006-07.
Varga earned a degree in exercise science from Central Connecticut State University and was a member of the football team. His master's degree in health, exercise and sports science was obtained in the summer of 2011 from The Citadel.
Varga is certified as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also a member of USA Weightlifting and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant
Josh Chamberlain is in his second year as a graduate assistant with Marshall University Strength & Conditioning where he leads or assists with the training of 13 Olympic sports teams.
Chamberlain came to Marshall after completing an internship at College of Charleston where he assisted with 10 Division I collegiate teams. Prior to that, he completed two summer internships with The Citadel Strength Staff working with the football program.
A native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Chamberlain graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While in State College, Chamberlain was a member of the fitness staff at the YMCA of Centre County and interned with Penn State Strength.
Currently he is working towards his master's degree in Sports Administration and holds a certificate from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is CPR & AED Certified from the American Heart Association.