FORK UNION, Va. – Jeff Appel has been named Fork Union Military Academy’s Director of Sport Performance, Director of Athletics Brooks Berry announced Tuesday afternoon. Appel comes to Fork Union after a nine-year stint as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond.
“For Fork Union to stay competitive in Virginia private school athletics and have a program that attracts young men who want to reach their athletic potential, we needed to add a Director of Sport Performance,” said Berry. “I am grateful as an Athletic Director to have the ability to restructure the athletic department budget and have the support of the administration to add a coach with 11 years of Division I experience working with some of the best athletes in the country throughout all sports. Jeff will be a tremendous asset to our entire school community as he will be tasked to train our high school athletes, cadets in the PT program, faculty and staff looking to dedicate themselves to physical fitness, and train the next NFL, NBA, Olympian and Division I athlete. Jeff will be an important piece in the puzzle to build a transformational athletic and physical fitness program and we welcome him to Fork Union!”
Arriving at the University of Richmond in August 2008, Appel served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams and field hockey team for his first four seasons with the Spiders. Most recently, Appel served as the head strength and conditioning coach for baseball and men’s lacrosse team, while being the first assistant for the football program.
During his time with the Spiders, the football program made four NCAA DI FCS Playoff appearances, winning a National Championship in 2008. In its first year as a Division I program, the men’s lacrosse team won the Atlantic Sun Conference and was the first ever team to make it to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of existence in 2014. Since 2008, the field hockey program won three Atlantic 10 titles, four Atlantic 10 regular season titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I am extremely excited to be named the Director of Sport Performance at Fork Union Military Academy,” said Appel. “I am truly thankful to Brooks Berry and Rear Admiral Burhoe for this opportunity and look forward to leading the young men at Fork Union in the area of physical development and sport performance.”
Prior to arriving in Richmond, Appel served as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at UNC Charlotte in the summer of 2008 where he assisted with the men’s basketball team.
From 2007-08, Appel served as a graduate assistant at the University of Idaho where he was the head strength and conditioning coach for the women’s swimming and diving, golf and tennis programs. He also assisted with the Vandals’ football, basketball and track and field teams.
Prior to the University of Idaho, Appel was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Davidson College where he was the head strength and conditioning coach for eighth Olympic sports, including wrestling, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, field hockey, swimming and diving and golf. He also served as the interim Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from July 2007 to September 2007.
Before arriving at Davidson, Appel served as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the Air Force Academy from September 2006 to March 2007, prior to being a strength and conditioning intern at Washington State University from May 2006 to August 2006.
Appel earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2006 and is currently working on his M.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Western States.
Appel is certified with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach Association (SCCC) and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, North American Strongman and USA Powerlifting association.
Appel resides in Manakin Sabot, Va., with his wife Laurie and daughter Lilah.