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Alcantar, O’Brien Added to Support Staff

Nov. 13, 2015

The fall athletic season not only brought a new year to LMU Athletics, it also brought a number of staff changes, including the addition of Jordan Alcantar and Jill O'Brien to the athletics staff. Alcantar was recently hired in sports performance, while O’Brien was added in athletic training.

Alcantar most recently served as strength coach at Cal Poly Pomona, where he had previously played baseball as a student-athlete from 2007 to 2010. Prior to taking the job at Cal Poly Pomona, Alcantar had spent four years in the strength and conditioning field, previously working with USC and Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning.

As a sports performance coordinator with LMU, Alcantar will oversee the strength and conditioning program for the women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s track and cross country, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s water polo, and cheer teams.

Alcantar is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), is Strong First Certified, a USA-Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and owns a Battling Ropes Certification, amongst others.

While working in his various strength and conditioning roles, Alcantar has taught and applied weight training, running, agility, conditioning, and plyometric exercises. He has worked with athletes on Olympic lifting and explosive training techniques. He also helped to train in core stabilization, speed development, and linear and lateral movement enhancement.

Alcantar received his bachelor's degree in exercise science with an emphasis in human performance from Cal Poly Pomona in 2010. He then completed his coursework for his Master's of Science in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton.

SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Name Office Location Phone Email
Patrick Dixon
   Assistant Athletics Director - Sports Performance
   (M Basketball, Softball, W Rowing, W Soccer)
Lions Athletic Center - Suite 212 (310) 338-5796
Jack McCormick
   Assistant Sports Performance Coordinator
   (Baseball, M Soccer, W Tennis, M Rowing, Golf, Swimming)
Lions Athletic Center - Suite 211 (310) 338-7690
Jordan Alcantar
   Sports Performance Coordinator
   (W Basketball, Volleyball, M/W Track & CC, M Tennis, M Water Polo, Cheer)
Lions Athletic Center - Suite 211 (310) 338-7690

O’Brien spent the last three years as an assistant trainer at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. Prior to joining Rogers State, O’Brien spent a year at the University of Florida as an Athletic Training Intern.

As an athletic trainer with LMU, O’Brien will oversee the women’s soccer, swimming and softball programs.

O’Brien graduated with a Master of Science in kinesiology-athletic training from the University of Arkansas in 2010. While at Arkansas, she was awarded the 2009 Dean Weber Outstanding Athletic Training Student Award, given to one second-year Athletic Training student to recognize their service and dedication to student-athletes. She also received the 2009 Bill Ferrell Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training awarded to five second-year Athletic Training students for their academic achievements and commitment to athletics training education.

During her time as a graduate student at Arkansas, she served as Student Athletic Trainer working extensively with the baseball, football, and track & field programs.

A 2008 graduate of Cal Poly, O’Brien served as Student Athletic Trainer for the football, men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, wrestling and track teams during the 2007-08 academic year.

From October 2006 through July 2007, she worked at San Luis Sports Therapy as a Physical Therapy Aide monitoring therapeutic activities, keeping proper records and communicating with patients and the physical therapist.

SPORTS MEDICINE/ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM
Name Office Location Phone Email
Keith Ellison
   Assistant Athletics Director - Sports Medicine
   (Men's Basketball, Golf)
Gersten Pavilion - East 117 (310) 338-2874
Steve Cortez
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Baseball, Men's Rowing)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-5220
Lacee Diamond
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Basketball, Cross Country/Track, Cheer)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-2764
Gary Dyogi
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (M/W Water Polo, Women's Rowing)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-5297
Jeremiah Fraser
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Men's Soccer, M/W Tennis)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-4279
Jill O'Brien
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Soccer, Softball, Swimming)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-2340

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