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Matt Herhal
Position: Director of Football Sports Performance - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Matthew Herhal is in his sixth season as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Columbia, where he primarily works with football, men and women’s soccer, baseball and softball. He came to Morningside Heights after two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut.

At UConn, he was the primary strength and conditioning coach for the Huskies’ baseball, field hockey and men’s ice hockey teams. He also assisted with men and women’s track and field, and football.

Herhal was a four-year member of the Huskies’ ice hockey team and competed for the 2000 MAAC Championship team. He graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in science exercise physiology. While a graduate assistant in Storrs, he completed coursework toward his master’s in kinesiology.

Prior to returning to UConn, Herhal was a strength and conditioning coach and fitness center coordinator at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he worked with the Hawks’ men’s basketball team that reached the ‘elite eight’ of the NCAA Tournament in 2004. He also was a sport performance coach at Summit Sports Training Center in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Following graduation, Herhal worked as an assistant strength coach for the Reading Royals of the ECHL.