UNIVERSITY CENTER -- Saginaw Valley State University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Winter has announced that Zach Mendoza has been promoted to be the department's first full-time Assistant Strength And Conditioning Coach. Mendoza has spent the past two-plus years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cardinals.
"I cannot thank John Decker, Director of Athletics and Angela Pohl, Deputy Director of Athletics for their support in growing our staff," said Winter. "Zach has already demonstrated his knowledge, work ethic and ability to connect with the student-athletes here at SVSU over the course of his two and a half years as a graduate assistant. He brings a perspective, willingness to grow and great professionalism to our program. I couldn't be happier that Zach will be continuing his efforts in building up our Cardinals and I look forward to where we can take this program!"
Mendoza had the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach from August 2018 to November 2020. He had the privilege to design programs and implement training for the SVSU Men's and Women's Track and Field, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, and Women's Tennis during his first year. During Mendoza's second year, he took over the program design and training for the Softball program. Going into Mendoza's third year, he is currently programming and implementing training with the Baseball team, Men's and Women's Soccer teams and the Men's and Women's Golf teams. He also served as an assistant to the SVSU Football team.
"I would like to thank Coach Winter, John Decker, Angela Pohl and the SVSU head coaches for allowing me the opportunity to continue to help cultivate our student-athletes," added Mendoza. "I am excited to continue working alongside Coach Winter and our staff to continue developing our current and future Cardinals."
Prior to his time as a graduate assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mendoza served as a volunteer and professional intern for SVSU Strength and Conditioning. Mendoza began his internship in the Fall of 2017 and finished in the Summer of 2018 when he stepped into the graduate assistant role. He was able to assist with a variety of the Varsity sports at SVSU, ranging from football, volleyball, track and field, men's basketball, baseball and softball. Mendoza also worked at the Freeland Sportszone beginning in the Fall of 2015 where he served in the private sector training athletes from all ages.
Additionally, Mendoza serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club located in Saginaw, Michigan. During his time with the Spirit, the team clinched back-to-back division championships in the two previous seasons.
Mendoza is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Business and Administration at Saginaw Valley State University. Mendoza completed his undergraduate degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Exercise Science in 2014. He is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Mendoza, resides in Freeland, Michigan, close to his hometown of Shields, Michigan.