Cory Walts has been Haverford College’s Fitness Center Director and Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2007. He has worked in both the collegiate and professional ranks and has a wealth of experience and a strong background in the strength and conditioning field. Walts’ duties include 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. The volleyball program won three consecutive Centennial Conference titles under Walts’ supervision and went to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2014. The men's and women's soccer squads each claimed Centennial Conference titles in the 2012-13 school year. The men's soccer also won the 2015 Centennial Conference Championship and advanced all the way to the NCAA Elite Eight. Field hockey earned its first-ever berth in the Centennial Conference tournament in the 2009-10 school year and has made it to the postseason in eight of the last nine seasons, including a pair of trips to the conference championship game.
Women's basketball grabbed headlines in 2013-14 with an inspiring run that resulted in the team’s first Centennial Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance and returned to the NCAA tournament in 2017-18, as the program secured its first at-large berth.
Building a tradition of success, baseball captured its third title in five seasons in 2016. Softball advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time during the 2016 season. The women's lacrosse team registered its highest regular season finish ever in 2013 as has qualified for the conference playoffs in six of the last nine seasons. Men’s lacrosse won its first conference title in 2010 and participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Haverford has also had seven student-athletes selected as National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and EAS Sports All-Americans during the past three years.
Furthermore, In addition to his work with Haverford student-athletes and community members Walts is also involved in a number of endeavors at the College. Walts serves as director of the Joe Schwartz '83 3K Memorial Run/Walk. 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, the race has raised over $75,000 for ALS research and has had 2,31 participants from the campus community.
Walts also teaches several classes within the fitness and physical education program every quarter. Staying busy during the summer, Walts directs Performance Plus Camps and Clinics which help train college and high school athletes safely and effectively.
Walts graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca (N.Y.) College in 2005 with a major in clinical exercise science and a general business minor. Following internships with the strength and conditioning departments at Cornell University and the Buffalo Bills, he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2007. During his two years at College Park, Walts also worked with the Terps' strength and conditioning department. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for men's tennis and assisted with football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming.
Walts is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach. The latter is a distinctive registry which consists of strength coaches who have demonstrated a commitment to the field of strength and conditioning and wish to be identified for career advancement.
In 2013, Walts was recognized as a finalist for the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning 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.