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Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Phoenix Plaza
Athletic Department
B.S., Georgia Southern University
M.Ed., University of Akron

Austin Dillard begins his first season as the Director of Sports Performance at Cumberland University. Dillard oversees the sports performance department that provides strength and conditioning programs for all Phoenix athletes.

Dillard comes to Cumberland after serving the last two years as a graduate assistant strength coach at the University of Akron. With the Zips, Dillard implemented a training program for the baseball team while also training men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s swim and dive, and track and field. He oversaw the strength and conditioning interns and the scheduling with each coaching staff.

He earned his master’s degree in sport science and coaching from Akron in May 2021.

Prior to Akron, Dillard worked as a volunteer strength coach at Georgia Southern University primarily working with the football team. He helped with the strength program, the injured/return to play protocol, nutrition program as well as helped with the Georgia Southern Pro Day training. Dillard coordinated the weight room cleaning and maintenance. 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a major in exercise science and a minor in nutrition from Georgia Southern in May 2018.

Dillard has his certified strength and conditioning specialist certification as well as a precision nutrition level 1 certificate.