Strength & Conditioning

Jay Mendoza, M.S., CSCS, CSAC, NSCA, NSPA, RPR
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator



First year at Eastern: 2018-19

Current Title: Strength and Conditioning Coach

General responsibilities: To improve the athletic performance of student athletes through structured and progressive strength and conditioning training; to design, develop, and implement, proper training programs. To manage the Sports Center fitness area; To oversee and supervise the student workers acting as weight room monitors.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Current residence: Springfield, MA

Undergraduate institution: Temple University (B.S. Kinesiology)

Graduate institution: Southern New Hampshire University (M.S. Sport Management)

Certifications: Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) / Level One Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW) / Certified Speed and Agility Coach (CSAC) through the National Sports Performance Association (NSPA) / Level One Certified through Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) / First Aid/CPR/AED through American Red Cross / Member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA)

Additional experience: Strength and conditioning coach at Farmington High School since 2015. Part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach at Trinity College in 2017-18; former strength and conditioning intern at Central Connecticut State University in 2014. Former strength and conditioning intern at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA.

Other: Have written articles on popular online strength training publications such as, and; competitive powerlifter through USA Powerlifting (USAPL). Competitive weightlifter through USAW.

Hobbies: Woodworking and playing the ukulele.


At Eastern, our first priority is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the students and staff.

The weight room is considered an extension of the classroom. The student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves in accordance to the rules and regulation of the weight room.

Our Strength staff is here to work with the student-athletes to provide them with a program that is based on sound training principles. We work directly with the sport coaches as well as the Athletic Training staff to design programs that are tailored to the needs of the sport and individual athlete.

Our role is to help in the prevention of injuries, develop mental toughness, and develop the athlete physically for the demands of their sport. We aim to have students leave the program with a sense of pride and superior work ethic.

Our athletes are provided training programs based on the principles of periodization, which systematically develops muscle size, strength, and power throughout the year. We guide the athletes to reach their potential by providing motivation, setting goals and constant monitoring of their progress.
We pride ourselves in developing student-athletes who are true Warriors on the playing field.

Newly Renovated Weight Room

Our newly renovated weight room project included new rubberized flooring, new stereo system, improved/increased mirrors, four new “Eastern Warrior” platform/power racks,   polyurethane fumbbells, kettle bells, barbells, bands, free weights,  assisted dip and pull-up machine, two fixed glute/hamstring machines, TRX suspension training packs, medicine balls, leather jumpropes, plyo boxes, bosu balls and jammer machines.