Kelly Powers serves as the senior director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports within the University of Cincinnati athletics department. She joined the department as the associate director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports in 2008 and was elevated to her current position in February 2012.
Powers currently works as the head strength and conditioning coach for women's basketball, volleyball, women's soccer and men's and women's track and field and cross country. Her responsibilities include nutrition guidance for all teams, supervision of strength and conditioning graduate students and the orientation for new athletes. Yoga Fit certified since 2011, Powers also conducts yoga sessions with all UC student-athletes.
Prior to joining UC, Powers spent two years at Bowling Green University, starting as a graduate assistant before being promoted to an assistant overseeing the strength and conditioning needs of all women's programs at Bowling Green. She also assisted in coaching strength training programs for football, men's basketball and ice hockey. She earned a master's degree in educational administration and leadership studies from Bowling Green in 2007.
Powers held an assistant strength and conditioning coach's position at Columbia University from August 2005 to June 2006. She directed the strength and conditioning program for women's basketball and men's swimming, golf, field hockey, fencing and track. She also assisted in a similar program with the football team.
Prior to working at Columbia, Powers interned at the University of Notre Dame during the 2005 academic year where she led the strength and conditioning program for the men's and women's cheerleading squads and the women's rowing team. Powers also interned at Bucknell during the 2004 academic year.
A native of Blandford, Mass., Powers was a personal trainer for one year after earning her bachelor's degree in health promotion and fitness management from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2002. She was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at WVWC.
Powers earned her certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association under the mentoring of Thomas Sheehan of Columbia.
Powers and her husband, Joe, currently reside in Cincinnati.