Dr. David Szymanski begins his sixth season as a member of the Bulldog baseball staff after joining in 2007 as a volunteer assistant. He is now the strength and conditioning coach. He is a full-time assistant professor of exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology at Tech.
"It would be hard to replace what Coach Szymanski does with our players in the weight room and with their run techniques," Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "He does an outstanding job year-round."
Szymanski is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been involved in training baseball players since 1992. Before coming to Tech, he served as the exercise physiologist for the Auburn University Baseball Team where he trained, tested and evaluated the players' athletic performance. Through his evaluation, Szymanski established baseball-specific workouts and training methods. He has continued the same regime with the Bulldogs. This year, the Bulldog batters will also perform vision training using Vizual Edge® Performance Training software in attempts to further enhance their "on-field" hitting performance.
Szymanski played at Texas Lutheran and later served as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Southwestern Athletic Conference school for four years. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the NSCA. He has had multiple articles published on ways to improve baseball performance and has given presentations on sport-specific training and ways to improve throwing and bat swing velocity. In the fall of 2006 he completed a 12-week training study in which players from five local high schools participated. Szymanski also has been collecting baseball-specific data, including strength, power, speed, agility, body composition, and throwing and bat velocities for the last three years with the players on Tech's team. He presented his findings at the NSCA's National Conference in Las Vegas last summer.
He completed his bachelor's degree in fine arts and kinesiology at Texas Lutheran and completed his master's in physical education at Texas State, before earning his doctorate in exercise physiology at Auburn.
A native of LaGrange, Ill., Szymanski is married to the former Jessica Gaytan of Seguin, Texas. Jessica was an All-American middle blocker for the Texas Lutheran volleyball team and is an interim instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. The couple has two sons, Dawson and Justin.