UC Davis Athletics hired Jeff Bourque as its new head strength and conditioning coach, as announced on May 8, 2017. A former member of the strength staffs at Washington, Boise State, Nevada and Arkansas, he will arrive to Davis after spending the last two years at Abilene Christian as its director of strength and conditioning.
While at ACU, Bourque (pronounced Burke) oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for the department’s 14 varsity sports, and designed all facets of the speed, strength and conditioning program for football, men’s basketball and baseball. As the unit’s manager, he managed its operating budget and supervised a three-member staff.
Bourque worked at Boise State as its assistant strength and conditioning coach before heading to Washington once former Aggie Chris Petersen was hired by the Huskies as its head football coach. At both locations, Bourque organized and implemented in-season and off-season lifting, developmental, agility, speed, strength and conditioning programs for football. He also coordinated movement screenings, and specialized individual corrective exercise programs for each program.
While at UW, Bourque also worked with its men’s tennis team; Boise State’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis teams also experienced dramatic improvement under Bourque’s tutelage.
Arkansas provided Bourque his first Division I football opportunity when he was a member of its program from 2007-11. The Razorbacks’ men’s tennis, golf, baseball and men’s track and field teams also worked directly with him until he joined the strength staff at Nevada.
Throughout his 18-month tenure in Reno, Bourque assisted with all areas of football’s strength and conditioning program, and was responsible for all of the workouts involving the Wolf Pack’s women’s basketball, softball and women’s golf teams.
Upon graduating from East Central (Okla.) in 2005, Bourque, a former baseball student-athlete, remained active within the program as a member of its coaching staff. Not only was he an assistant coach for Tigers baseball, he also handled the team’s strength and conditioning responsibilities.
Bourque spent the following season with the Savannah Sand Gnats, a minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, as its strength coach before joining Cape Cod Rehabilitation as a sports performance coach. In this position, he designed, and implemented personalized programs, including rehab and post-physical therapy workouts for patients.
He and his wife, Stacey, have two sons: Easton and Mason.