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Nicky Miranda '14

Fitness Center Director, Strength & Conditioning Coach

(610) 795-7014 |

Nicky Miranda ’14 was named Haverford College’s Fitness Center Director/Head Strength & Conditioning Coach in July of 2019. Miranda returned to Haverford in his current position after spending two years at Fairleigh Dickinson University, rising to head strength & conditioning coach during that time.

In addition to his responsibilities with Haverford College’s 23 varsity athletic teams, Miranda works specifically with Office of Academic Resources on the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body program which educates the entire Haverford College community regarding mental, physical, and general health. Miranda will also oversee the Joe Schwartz ’83 3K Run/Walk while additionally teaching courses within the physical education curriculum.

“I am very excited to once again be a part of the outstanding Haverford community. I am excited to grow upon the standard of excellence that Cory Walts, Nat Ballenberg, and Jackie Cox have already established in the strength & conditioning department. I look forward to continuing to make the Fitness Center a hub for all members of the Haverford community passionate about their health and wellness,” said Miranda at the time of his hiring.

Starting as the assistant strength & conditioning coach at Fairleigh Dickinson prior to the 2017-18 academic year, Miranda was promoted to head strength & conditioning coach just one year later. In that role, Miranda led the strength & conditioning programs for all 19 of FDU’s 19 Division I programs. On top of those responsibilities, he also spent time teaching classes in the physical education department. Overseeing a staff of two graduate assistants, Miranda worked collaboratively with the University’s sports medicine staff to aid in injury prevention and student-athlete rehabilitation.

Miranda is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also holds certifications in Track & Field Strength & Conditioning and MyTPI through Titleist Performance (Level I). Miranda previously interned with Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Jets.

Miranda’s time at Haverford dates back to his undergraduate days as a team captain of the Fords’ baseball team as he helped lead that program to its first two Centennial Conference Championships before graduating in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies.

Miranda stayed involved with the baseball team as an assistant coach through the 2017 season, helping the Fords to also capture the 2016 conference crown. He went on to receive his master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion: performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2018.


Taylor Weiss

Assistant Fitness Center Director, Strength & Conditioning Coach

(610) 896-1164 | email TBA

Taylor Weiss joined Haverford as the Assistant Fitness Center Director/Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 2019-20 academic year. Weiss is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and holds additional accreditation from USA Weightlifting. She brings five prior years of experience to Haverford as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

In addition to her responsibilities in strength and conditioning, Weiss will also work with the Office of Academic Resources on the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body program which educates the entire Haverford College community regarding mental, physical, and general health. Haverford’s fitness center staff additionally oversees the Joe Schwartz ’83 3K Run/Walk while also teaching courses within the physical education curriculum.

“Haverford is comprised of an admirable community that I am honored to join. I look forward to growing alongside Nicky Miranda and becoming a part of his vision for the fitness center and strength and conditioning program,” said Weiss at the time of her hiring.

"It was clear from early on in the search that she will be a great fit for Haverford,” explained Fitness Center Director/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Nicky Miranda ’14. “With quality experience, combined with her outgoing personality, she will serve as an excellent resource for all members of the Haverford community. Taylor is very knowledgeable about the strength and conditioning field, yet on top of that displayed an even greater eagerness to learn, grow, and help push this department forward. I cannot wait to see the positive impact she will have on the Haverford community!”

Weiss is the first full-time female employee on Haverford's strength and conditioning staff. Her experience in collegiate athletics comes from previous positions in the strength and conditioning department of the University of Richmond while most recently working as a personal trainer at the University of Miami. While at Miami, Weiss earned her master’s degree during the spring of 2019 in exercise physiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning. She obtained her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.

Complementing her experience in college athletics, Weiss spent time at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami as the assistant strength and conditioning coach while also serving as an assistant coach on the girl's weightlifting team. Her strength and conditioning background within organized athletics began as a junior in college when she worked as a speed and agility coach at Elite Athlete Development.



Jackie Cox

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Field Hockey Head Coach

(610) 795-7013 |

Jackie Cox, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, was named assistant strength and conditioning coach in the summer of 2010. Prior to Haverford, Cox worked at Saint Joseph's University, her alma mater, developing and implementing the strength and conditioning program for the field hockey team for five years. She also worked with the men's and women's basketball teams in 2006. A National Strength and Conditioning Association member, Cox worked as a performance coach at the Summit Sports Training Center from 2005 until 2008.






Ken Clark

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Dr. Ken Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University, where he teaches Biomechanics and Motor learning classes. He also oversees the strength & conditioning training for several varsity sports at WCU.

Clark has over a decade of strength & conditioning coaching experience. Previously, he coached in the private sector (Summit Sports), the high school level (Jesuit Prep in Dallas, Texas), and in the collegiate setting (Dickinson College and Villanova University). Clark has certifications from the NSCA, USA-Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field.

He received his Ph.D. in Biomechanics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2014, his Master's Degree in Kinesiology at West Chester University in 2009, and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Swarthmore College in 2003, where he was a two-time All-Centennial Conference running back for the football team.