Sept. 21, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland has hired former University of Southern California strength and conditioning coach Bradford Scott as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Pilots, Athletic Director Larry Williams announced on Tuesday. Portland also elevated Virginia Thomas to the position of Associate Director of Athletic Performance.
The enhancement of the speed and strength program at Portland will coincide with upgrades to the weight room in the Chiles Center. Gift commitments from athletic donors allowed the changes to move forward in a rapid manner.
"I believe that the athletic performance program is a vitally important area in our pursuit of success," Williams said. "The development of our student-athletes in speed and strength training will accelerate our team's athletic development and help us achieve our lofty goals."
Scott spent the last year at USC as the head strength, speed and conditioning coach for the men's and women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball programs. Scott worked directly with the Trojans' 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 basketball team that had two players drafted in the 2007 NBA draft.
Portland men's basketball head coach Eric Reveno recognizes the importance of the position to the long-term success of UP athletics, especially to his program which features ten underclassmen this season.
"It is our goal to develop a championship caliber team and the athletic performance program is a cornerstone in getting there," Reveno said. "The addition of Coach Scott, promotion of Coach Thomas and upgrade in resources is a giant step in providing our student-athletes with the best speed, strength and conditioning program in the conference. Our program, specifically, will rely heavily on their expertise in developing young talent."
Prior to his stay at USC, Scott was the director of strength, speed and conditioning at Cal State Northridge and managed the program for all 16 sports. He interned for two years with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League from 2004-06. Scott also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona from 2001-04 while obtaining his Master of Education degree. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology.
Thomas was hired at Portland in August of 2005 as the strength and conditioning assistant. Thomas graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in kinesiology/exercise science in 2003 and obtained her graduate degree from Fresno in 2005. She spent a year as the assistant strength coach for the Bulldogs before joining the Pilots' staff.
The staff additions come in the wake of former Portland strength and conditioning coach Ryan Cabiles accepting a similar position working with the Syracuse University basketball program in August.