Ben Gleason took over the role of head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at ETSU in June 2014. He is in his third year of the PhD program in sport performance, and also serves as a physical performance consultant for ROTC. He also volunteers as a football position coach and strength & conditioning coach at Science Hill High School.
Coach Gleason has worked in human performance for over seven years. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, recertified with distinction), and USA Weightlifting (Sport Performance Coach). Also, Gleason is listed on the NSCA’s registry of strength and conditioning coaches. Gleason’s research interests include the use of athlete monitoring techniques, agility and speed training, and strength asymmetry.
While at graduate school at Old Dominion University, Gleason worked his way into his first full-time strength and conditioning coach job at Hampton University. After leaving HU, Gleason was hired to start the base-wide physical fitness testing program for Eglin AFB, FL, where he was eventually promoted to Military Fitness Program Liaison. In this unique role, he supervised the fitness testing program, constructed and delivered educational programs to the fitness center staff and base population, implemented a deep water rehabilitation program, and oversaw the equipment purchases and operations of the Eglin Field House – a unique performance training facility.
Gleason’s athletic career included playing defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Santa Rosa Junior College (CA), offensive tackle and guard at the University of Memphis. While at Memphis, Gleason was part of the 1996 Tiger football team who beat Peyton Manning’s #6-ranked University of Tennessee Volunteers. After playing two seasons of club rugby in Australia, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a personnel officer for four years. He was selected to lead the unit fitness programs for every unit he was assigned to.
During his time at ETSU, Gleason helped the men’s basketball team to the second round of the 2014 CollegeInsider.com tournament. He also helped hurdler/sprinter Dede Edgecombe to a third-place finish in the Bahamas National Championships and an appearance in the Commonwealth Games. He also helped the Science Hill varsity football team to a Tennessee state quarterfinal appearance.
Gleason currently resides in Johnson City with his wife Erin and two children, Brenna and Tyler.