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|Matt Brand moves up to the head strength and conditioning coaching position after serving as assistant coach. Brand, who earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science from Ithaca College (N.Y.) in 2002 and his master's in applied exercise science from Springfield College (Mass.) with a concentration in strength and conditioning in 2004, was the head strength and conditioning coach at Lafayette College prior to coming to UC Davis.
He's also gained experienced on staffs at Rutgers, Springfield, College of the Holy Cross and Cornell.
Brand is a two-time national powerlifting champion and twice captured powerlifting gold medals at the A.A.U. Junior Olympics. He is a Certifified Strength and Conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and possesses his United States Weightlifting certification as well. He continues his competitive career in both powerlifting and amateur strongman.
Craig Miszewski was named an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2013 after gaining collegiate experience at Georgetown University, the University of Mississippi, Central Connecticut State and the University of Albany. He was most recently at Georgetown where he served the second of two appointments with the Hoyas. He was a volunteer coach from 2009-10, assisting with men's and women's basketball while assisting with program design and implementation for football and baseball. Miszewski also assisted with several others sports as well before returning to perform similar duties in early 2013.
In between Georgetown service, he was assistant strength and conditioning coach and administrative intern at Mississippi assisted with duties for baseball, women's volleyball, women's basketball, football, women's tennis and women's soccer. Miszewski designed summer programs and lifting workouts. He performed similar duties at Central Connecticut State and Albany.
Miszewski is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in exercise science from Springfield College where he played baseball for two years.
Renee Zernicke become an assistant coach with the UC Davis strength and conditioning program in July 2013, joining the Aggies' staff from Springfield College where she was a graduate assistant coach from 2012-13. She's served internships at the University of Kansas, University of Connecticut and Springfield in addition to positions in the private sector.
Zernicke primarily worked with the men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's water polo, men's soccer, and men's and women's tennis teams by designing and implementing training programs. She also taught Olympic and core lifts, assisted with the football program and instructed interns. She performed similar strength and conditioning duties at Kansas and Connecticut, working primarily with the Jayhawks' Olympic sports teams. Zernicke has also worked as a personal trainer, personal fitness professional and sports performance intern.
Zernicke is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a member of the Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach.