LEXINGTON, Va.—Washington and Lee Michael F. Walsh Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the hiring of Dave Forman as the Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning and Assistant Professor of Physical Education effective July 1.
“We are very excited to welcome Dave to W&L to lead our strength and conditioning program,” said Hathorn. “Dave’s years of experience and expertise set him apart from the other candidates and his proven record of excellence in mentorship, development and positive outcomes will greatly benefit our student-athletes as well the overall student body. I look forward to serving with Dave for years to come.”
Forman comes to W&L after having spent the past six years as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at nearby Virginia Military Institute. He also oversaw the physical development of the football team at VMI. Recently, the Keydets, under head coach Scott Wachenheim, had their first winning season and Southern Conference championship in over 40 years, and their first back-to-back winning seasons in over 60 years. While at VMI, Forman was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.
“Living in Lexington for the past six years, I’ve always looked at Washington and Lee University with great interest and curiosity,” Forman stated. “The campus is beautiful, the academic reputation is renowned, and the athletic facilities are exemplary. I am tremendously grateful to Jan Hathorn, Bethany Dannelly and the members of the search committee for offering me this opportunity. I am honored and excited to get to contribute to this prestigious university, support the acclaimed athletics department and work with its elite student-athletes and coaches.”
Prior to VMI, Forman served at the University of Colorado as the Director of Sports Performance, from January 2013 through December 2015, following two years as Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at San Jose State University. In 2012, the Spartans finished the season ranked 21st nationally.
Prior to that, Forman served three years as a Stanford Cardinal strength and conditioning assistant coach from 2008-10, where he worked with the football and wrestling programs. In Forman’s final year at Stanford, the Cardinal, under head coach Jim Harbaugh, enjoyed a banner season going 12-1, including an Orange Bowl title and a final fourth-place ranking in the major polls. While in Palo Alto, Forman also worked with Stanford’s wrestling program that finished a university all-time best 11th place at the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Forman also interned with the Detroit Tigers during 2004 Spring Training and was a volunteer strength coach at the University of Southern California in 2004. He completed a summer internship at the University of Notre Dame in 2006, before holding positions as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Sacramento State (2006-07) and Northern Arizona (2007).
Forman began his strength and conditioning career as an undergraduate student assistant at James Madison University. He was also a member of the JMU football team as a linebacker from 1998-2002. Forman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from JMU and later earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi in 2006.