HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College is pleased to announce Matthew Diegelman as the athletic department’s first strength & conditioning coach since the college began competing at the NCAA Division III level in 1992. Prior to his arrival at Hilbert, Diegelman built a local Division I strength program from scratch and he is ready for that same challenge in Hamburg.
John Czarnecki, director of athletics, is excited for the opportunities available for the Hawk athletes.
“Matt brings a wealth of experience with him into the strength program,” said Czarnecki. “The student-athletes will be able to gain a lot from his knowledge; ultimately becoming healthier, growing stronger and having a more positive experience representing Hilbert College on any one of our 13 teams.”
Diegelman also becomes the first strength & conditioning coach within the ten-member Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and this full-time position was the result of a restructured position (after the full-time facilities coordinator left the post) to help improve and expand the student-athlete Division III experience.
“I’m very excited and grateful about this opportunity to start the first ever strength & conditioning program for Hilbert College,” said Diegelman. “We have a great group of coaches and athletes that I’m really looking forward to working with.”
From 2006 through 2015, Diegelman served as Niagara University’s first full-time head strength & conditioning coach. He implemented specific strength, agility, speed and power programs for the 18 Purple Eagles Division I programs. He worked closely with the sports medicine department to assist and prepare an injured athlete for return to competition. Additionally, Diegelman provided comprehensive plans for strength training, speed development, agility training as well as nutritional plans for Niagara’s athletes during their non-traditional seasons.
For the last three years, Diegelman has been an adjunct professor at Canisius College, teaching masters-level courses for the Health and Human Performance Department.
Before his ten-year experience on Monteagle Ridge, Diegelman worked as a Pro-Formance Athletic Trainer and a Prism Health and Fitness instructor from 2004-2006.
He also gained valuable experience during his 2002 internship with the Buffalo Bills working for Rusty Jones and Rich Gray and in his 2005 Pro-Formance Athletic Training internship when he worked alongside Doug McKenny, the Buffalo Sabres’ strength and conditioning coach.
Diegelman has been a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) member since 2003 and has been C.S.C.S. certified since April 2003. He holds a NSCA C.S.C.S. and USAW Sports Performance Coach certifications and is a Professional Rescuer / AED administrator.
Diegelman will also serve as the department’s athletic facility coordinator responsible for the Hawks practice and game field scheduling, safety and upkeep of the Hafner Recreation Center’s Fitness Center as well as game management supervision.
Diegelman earned his master of science in health and human performance from Canisius College in May 2008 after he attained his bachelor of science in health and wellness from the State University College at Buffalo in 2002.