Jake Roy is in his third year as the head strength and conditioning coach at USC Upstate.
At USC Upstate, he is responsible for assessing, designing and implementing a wide variety of strength and conditioning, as well as rehabilitative and prehabilitative protocols for the sports teams. Roy also works with the athletic training department staff with daily activities and function of training facilities, and student-athlete needs.
Roy previously served as the sports performance director at STACK Velocity Sports Performance in Roanoke, Va. He helped implement a wide variety of programs for STACK that benefitted members of all ages and backgrounds. Along with aiding in the creation, design and construction of the facility, Roy was responsible for scheduling staff, classes, meetings and staff development to improve and accommodate members and staff.
From 2013-14, Roy was the assistant strength coach at Brown University and served as the coach for 16 intercollegiate athletic programs including men’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s diving, men’s and women’s squash, fencing, women’s rugby, equestrian, and baseball. He also assisted with the football team.
Roy held the role of strength coach for Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants from 2012-13, working as the head strength coach for the franchise’s Northwest League affiliate Salem Keizer Volcanoes. He began his professional baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals short-season affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs, as the head strength coach in 2011.
In between stints with the Giants and Cardinals, he was an assistant strength coach for Southern Illinois University working primarily with football, women’s golf, women’s tennis, baseball, softball, volleyball, and track and field.
Roy has held other roles since graduating college, including graduate assistant coach at the University of Memphis (2009-11), intern at Oregon State (2008-09), head strength coach for Corvallis Knights summer baseball (2008) and assistant coach at Oregon State’s Sports Performance Camp (2008-09). He began his coaching career as the head strength and conditioning coach at NAIA Dakota Wesleyan and served in that capacity from 2006-08.
Roy graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 2008 with a degree in sports exercise and wellness, and a minor in business administration. He received his master’s degree in human movement and sport science from the University of Memphis.