Shaun Fishel ’16 is following his passion – and loving every minute of it. He’s worked to improve the physical performance of college athletes while helping to reduce the risk of injury.
As a graduate fellow strength and conditioning coach in Merrimack’s Exercise and Sport Science program, Shaun assisted with the implementation of strength and conditioning programs of all Merrimack varsity teams. Two to three days a week, athletes from various teams – whether preseason, on or off season - came to Shaun for training leadership.
“I worked closely with the track and field team three days per week, the swim team weekly, and various athletes that come in for open lift times,” says Shaun. “I loved being able to walk into the weight room every day doing what I love to do, which is coaching men and women to prepare them for excellence both on and off the field.”
Through his fellowship, Shaun also designed and applied strength and conditioning programs specific to each individual on the women’s swim team, as well as the men and women shotput and discus throwers on the track and field team.
“My future goal is to become a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, and my fellowship allowed me to get valuable coaching experience, while developing my abilities both personally and professionally. I like to help individuals reach their potential and give them the tools to be successful.”
Shaun completed his undergraduate degree at Merrimack in spring 2015, continued on to the fellowship opportunity. He graduated with his masters in May 2016. The fellowship program offers students half tuition and outstanding field experience.