Let’s start by talking about you. Tell me about yourself and your experience working with professional athletes.

I have the honor and privilege of working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). I’ve also accumulated over a decade of experience working with professional athletes in both the National Football League (NFL) and NBA as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. This experience has given me great perspective and knowledge in designing, implementing and executing strength and conditioning and sport science programs for various athletic populations. As a strength coach, I also have experience in designing and overseeing team nutrition and dietary programs. I work collaboratively with chefs and medical and performance staff to create positive change for team and individual athlete performance.

Other questions we asked Dan during this interview include:

  • As a Strength and Conditioning Coach, you work hands-on with the athletes. What have you found to be the most common fueling mistake?
  • We know that hydration is important. Do you give the same hydration recommendations to all athletes? What do you suggest that they hydrate with during exercise?
  • What about recovery nutrition? Do you recommend athletes eat or drink something after they train or participate in a game?
  • If you had one piece of advice for high school athletes who hope to play collegiate or professional sports one day, what would it be?

For the full interview, click here for the downloadable handout.