Feb. 10, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke has announced the hiring of Duane Carlisle to the newly created position of director of sports performance.
A highly respected leader in the area of athletic performance training for a myriad of sports, Carlisle will begin March 7 and report to Denny Miller, director of sports medicine. Carlisle will have oversight of all 18 varsity teams, supervising a staff of speed, strength and conditioning coaches.
"I can't wait to get started," Carlisle said. "During the interview process, it was clear that Purdue has an administration and set of coaches committed to developing a championship culture and a vision for how sports performance plays a role in that process.
"My pledge is to roll up my sleeves and work with the coaches to ensure that all our student-athletes attain maximum potential. That is what I am trained to do, everything from strength, power development, speed, recovery, regeneration and diet."
Carlisle comes to the Boilermakers from the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as head strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to 2010 following three years as an assistant under the legendary Johnny Parker. Carlisle worked with current Purdue defensive coordinator Gary Emanuel in San Francisco in 2005 and 2006.
"This is a really exciting hire for Purdue," head football coach Danny Hope said. "We scoured the country looking for a difference-maker, and we came away with the absolute best person possible for this position. Duane brings instant credibility to Purdue. He is on the cutting edge of sports performance and one of the premier developers of speed in the country. This is a big next step for Purdue and all our student-athletes, not just football. All our teams are really going to love working with him."
Carlisle also spent time in the National Football League as a speed development consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2000 to 2004 following stints as a seasonal assistant (1996-97) and an intern (1995).
"The NFL was great to me, and I learned a lot," Carlisle said. "But, at this point in my life, for my family and me, coming to a tremendous institution like Purdue in the Big Ten Conference and developing a comprehensive program is an awesome opportunity."
The creation of the director of sports performance position came about as the result of a peer review, and Carlisle's hiring will be the initial step in a complete evaluation of the area.
"Even though Duane has significant football experience and will work with that sport more directly, he has the background to lead the sports performance effort for all 500 of our student-athletes," Burke said. "He understands that every sport is unique and, within each sport, the training for individual athletes is different. It also is clear that he has an eagerness to be part of our collaborative effort to field championship-caliber programs. Every coach he met during his time on campus agreed that he was the right person for the position."
"We're excited to welcome Duane to Purdue," head men's basketball coach Matt Painter said. "His passion and background will be valuable assets to our program, and we are looking forward to having him in this new position."
"I am very pleased with the addition of Duane to the Purdue family and excited about the future of our sports performance department," head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp said. "He has great vision and a comprehensive background, which he combines with a team approach that promotes the welfare and individual improvement of the student-athlete. I am confident he will provide the leadership necessary in our expanded area of sports performance."
"In having the opportunity to interact with Duane during the interview process, he is very committed and passionate about what he does," head softball coach Kim Maher said. "He is looking forward to working with collegiate athletes because he is confident he can help them grow and develop. He is the kind of guy who will take advantage of all his resources and go above and beyond to help better our student-athletes."
Carlisle's resume is impressively diverse, and his training techniques and philosophy have been proven at every level.
He has served as director of strength and conditioning at the prestigious Lawrenceville (N.J.) School (2000-05), director of strength and conditioning at LaSalle University (1998-99), speed development coordinator with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1997-98), and sprint and jump coach at Penn State University (1989-93).
Additionally, Carlisle founded and served as president of Lightning Fast Training Systems from 1993 to 2005. It was the first full-time sports performance center in the Philadelphia area, and, at its peak, employed more than 35 degreed and certified performance coaches while training more than 10,000 athletes in 14 sports. More than 500 athletes earned NCAA Division I scholarships, while more than 100 collegiate football players trained for the NFL Combine, including Matt Hasselbeck, Priest Holmes, Brian Westbrook and Jason Babin.
During that time, Carlisle also provided strength and conditioning services to the Philadelphia Charge of the Women's United Soccer Association and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse.
A powerful and energetic speaker, Carlisle has been in high demand to share his knowledge on health, fitness and sports training. He has been featured on ESPN and the NFL Network and in Muscle and Fitness and The Sporting News.
An All-American in track and field at the University of Maryland, Carlisle graduated in 1991 with degrees in economics and physical education.
Carlisle (born Nov. 13, 1965) is married to Shereese, and the couple has four children.