NEW YORK – Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, has announced the hiring of Robert (Bob) Gilmartin as Director of Sports Performance for Football.

“We are excited to welcome Bob to Columbia as the Director of Sports Performance for Football,” Murphy said.  “Bob has a wealth of experience and expertise working with football athletes both at the collegiate and professional level.  He is a tremendous addition to our staff.”

In an area critical to maximizing the success of our student-athletes, an effective sports performance program creates a competitive environment where our student-athletes will be challenged to improve every day. In his role, Gilmartin will serve as the head strength and conditioning coach of football, where he will design and implement a comprehensive sports performance program. 

"We took our time and found the right guy. We wanted technical expertise in both the strength and the speed areas, and Bob has both. He understands long-term development and our philosophy of not taking short cuts. He was involved every step of the way in a football program turn around, and believes as we do that there is more to change than just the numbers,” Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian said. "He works well with the players, is a great communicator and an extremely hard worker. He has gained the players respect at every level, and our players will respond to his style of coaching."

Gilmartin spent 11 years at Rutgers, working as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the football team and head strength coach for other varsity programs including swimming and diving, men’s soccer, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse.

Gilmartin joins Columbia after a two-year stint as assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. While there, his main focus was designing and implementing rehab programs for injured players. Gilmartin specifically worked with Darrelle Revis, Da’quan Bowers and Davin Joseph. He was also responsible for helping prepare and update the Bucs’ in-season weight training program and worked with the team nutritionist.

“I am very excited to work with Coach Mangurian. I embrace his vision for the program, and I’m excited for where he can and will take Columbia Football.  Watching the guys train at the facility clinched my decision for me,” Gilmartin said.  “I have seen a lot of great facilities, and The Campbell Sports Center is a fantastic building. The strength and conditioning area is state-of-the-art. I watched how hard our student-athletes worked, and how excited and committed they were.  They convinced me that Columbia was the right choice for me.”

Gilmartin, a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is a 1989 graduate of UMass and holds a bachelor’s degree in management.