Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine announced the hiring of Christopher Fee as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Fee assumes his duties on July 1.
“On behalf of Sacred Heart University I would like to welcome Chris to the Pioneer family,” said Valentine. “His expertise, experience and knowledge shown through during the interview process and I believe our student-athletes will see an immediate benefit.”
Fee comes to Sacred Heart following a year-long stint as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Morehead State University. In that position he oversaw the development and implementation of the Strength and Conditioning program for all 16 varsity sports, including two conference championship winning programs. Fee was instrumental in developing a nutritional handbook for the Athletic Department that included pre and post-workout nutrition, meal suggestions and portion size, as well as proper hydration needs.
“I would like to thank Mr. Valentine, Leo Katsetos, coaches, and the rest of the search committee,” said Fee. “I'm extremely excited to be joining the Sacred Heart University athletic community. I am looking forward to begin working with the student-athletes, coaches, and sports medicine to create a competitive, winning environment.”
Prior to his time at Morehead, Fee spent five years, three as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, at Yale University. Under his training regimen, the Bulldogs won the 2011 National Championship in women’s squash. Fee helped train three Ivy League postseason major award winners, 11 First Team All-Ivy Football honorees and saw three men’s basketball players go onto professional playing careers.
“It is exciting to have Chris join our team as the first-ever Head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said Leo Katsetos, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Training. “His passion for the field and his desire to help our student-athletes gain that competitive edge by becoming stronger and faster in order to use their bodies to their upmost potential impressed myself and our coaching staff.”
Fee was a member of the football team at Springfield College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Exercise Science in May 2008. He helped lead the Pride to the 2006 Empire 8 Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Fee earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in May 2013.
Sacred Heart fields 31 Division I varsity teams, including 17 women’s and 14 men’s programs, as well as 10 junior varsity teams. Among New England private colleges, Sacred Heart University is one of only a small handful to offer such a diverse assortment of NCAA athletic programs. Sacred Heart competes in 23 sports in the Northeast Conference, winning the NEC Commissioner Cup on five occasions. Sacred Heart has also won the first four NEC Building Communities awards for commitment to community service by NEC athletes.