|Position:||Director of Sports Nutrition|
|Alma Mater:||SUNY Cortland|
Amy Connell, ATC, RD, CSSD was named Columbia’s Director of Sports Nutrition in November of 2015.
In this role, Connell will lead the development and implementation of the Columbia University Athletics Sports Nutrition program. The Director of Sports Nutrition will be responsible for providing nutrition education and guidance to all 31 varsity sports programs.
Connell comes to Columbia after having served as the campus dietitian and sports nutritionist for the 16 Division I athletic teams at St. Johns University since 2013.
Connell’s responsibilities at St. John’s ranged from individual nutritional counseling for student-athletes to creating team training tables and the development team pre-game and travel menus. Prior to arriving at St. John’s, Connell completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut where she chose a specialty rotation in sports nutrition.
Connell received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from SUNY Cortland, before becoming a certified athletic trainer in 2008. She completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Syracuse University.
Additionally, Connell received her Registered Dietition credential in 2011 and became a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in 2014.
Having completed two half-marathons, competed in figure skating for over 10 years, and being an avid fitness enthusiast, Connell understands how important sound nutrition habits are to an athlete's optimal performance.