HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College Fitness Center Director/Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Cory Walts has announced his resignation to accept the Director of Strength & Conditioning position at the University of Pennsylvania. Walts, who held this position for nearly 12 years, was responsible for designing and implementing sports specific athletic enhancement programs for the majority of Haverford's varsity and club sports programs in addition to overseeing the health and fitness programs for the campus community.
Since Walts' arrival, a number of Haverford teams have reached unprecedented heights with the assistance of Haverford's strength and conditioning program. That success is highlighted by numerous Centennial Conference Championships and appearances at the NCAA National Championships. In 2013, Walts was recognized as a finalist for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coach of the Year Award. He is also a USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach and an American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist.
In addition to his work with Haverford student-athletes and community members, Walts is also involved in a number of endeavors at the College. Most notably, Walts serves as director of the Joe Schwartz '83 3K Memorial Run/Walk. In this capacity, he was instrumental in designing an event that brought the entire Haverford College campus and local community together while stressing wellness and healthy living.
Schwartz, a former Haverford track and cross country runner passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease in 2008. Since its inception in 2008, that race has attracted 2,131 participants and raised more than $75,000 dollars for the ALS Association. The total includes $14,000 raised in 2018. The 12th annual event is slated for Sunday, April 28, 2019. Walts also teaches several classes within the fitness and physical education program every quarter at Haverford.
A national search will be undertaken for Walts' replacement.