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App adds Liane Blyn as Strength and Conditioning Coach
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 11/29/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C.- Appalachian State has named Liane Blyn the new Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports, Assistant A.D. of Athletic Performance Mike Sirignano announced on Tuesday.


Blyn will oversee all sport performance training, nutrition, and programming for Olympic Sports at Appalachian. 


"We are very excited to have Liane join our staff,” Sirignano said. “Liane is someone who mentored me early in my career. Her principles and training techniques are the base of my program to this day.  Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be a great dynamic for our Olympic sports. Her enthusiasm, and more importantly her competitive drive, will be contagious for our athletes." 


Blyn brings more than 20 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field to the Mountaineers’ sports performance program. She spent the early part of her career on college campuses, servingas a strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona, Nevada, Boston College, and Arizona State. 


While at Nevada, Blyn oversaw the development and implementation of the strength and conditioning program for women’s basketball, alpine and nordic skiing, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. She also assisted with the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s basketball, and football. 


At Boston College and Arizona State, Blyn served in similar roles designing and implementing year-round sports performance programs for softball, soccer, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. In this role she served as that liaison to the sports medicine staff and assisted with overseeing the budget and day-to-day operations of the weight room. 


Blyn used her years of experience in the industry to open her own sports performance facility that focused on the development of athletes of all ages. She successfully trained and developed high school athletes and also taught seminars on current trends and issues with youth sports. 


Most recently Blyn served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Franklin High School in Massachusetts. In this role, she worked with all sports programs to develop an effective and comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning program for all athletes.  


"Liane has worked with all levels of athletes from adolescent to professionals,” Sirignano added. “Her wealth of experience, not only in the weight room but also the training room as a certified athletic trainer, will prove crucial in the development of our athletes.”


Blyn was a dual sport student-athlete competing in field hockey and softball at Endicott College. She also has over of 20 years of professional powerlifting experience in which she currently holds 21 world records, has 13 national titles, five master national titles and has 11 top three podium finishes at the world championships. She captured her most recent world championship weeks ago on Nov. 18 in Orlando, Fla. at International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, where she placed first in the world. 


Blyn is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, U.S.A powerlifting association, and the North American Strongman Society. She will be moving to Boone with her husband, Rich.

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