A former CIS and professional football player, Dan is an Athletic Performance Specialist who works with elite athletes at The Hill Academy.
Dan did his undergrad at the University of Guelph, and received his Masters in Science and Education from D’Youville College. He is currently in the process of becoming a registered Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Dan was mentored by world-renowned performance specialist, Chris Mumford. Chris was the inaugural Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Chris regularly works with CFL, NFL, MLB and GBL athletes and is the Performance Consultant for Thomas Dimitroff Jr., General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.
Dan works consistently with athletes from a wide range of sports but spealizes working with athletes from Hockey, Laccrosse and football. In the realm of professional sports, Dan works with NHL, CFL, OHL, MLL and NLL athletes.
Athletically Dan grew up playing a multitude of sports but mainly focusing on hockey and football. Dan went on to play football and graduate from The University Guelph where he was a 5 year letterman and 4 year starter. In his final year at Guelph, he was named “Defensive Player of the Year” and a team captain. It is here at Guelph where Dan developed his passion for performance and strength training. Dan credits much of the success he experienced on the field to the conditioning regiment he participated in at Guelph. After Dan’s playing career at Guelph he signed with the Bergamo Lions of the Italian Football League, the winningest Amearican football team in European history. While there Dan won 2 Italian Super Bowls and lost in the Euro Bowl finals once.
David Harrison completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph where he also played for the university’s football program and started as a receiver in his first year. While at Guelph, David followed a similar path to Dan and learned from world-renowned athletic performance coach, Chris Munford. By listening, learning, and applying the lessons taught by Chris, David consistently tested among the top players on the team in all physical aspects.
David has experienced the extensive world of high-level competition from being a key player in games to the other end of the spectrum after being sidelined due to injuries that resulted in major surgeries. These ordeals have given David perspective that is difficult to replicate without experience and they have influenced him to ensure that proper safety and injury prevention aspects of strength and conditioning are continuously incorporated into the programs his athletes follow.
David has worked with numerous CIS, CFL, and NCAA athletes in order to help them attain proper training and make a more functional transition to peak performance in their respective sport.
The Hill Academy’s Strength and Conditioning program prides itself on establishing sport specific functional workouts that will directly relate to the athlete’s primary sport. Since all sports are played in environments that are active, unpredictable and multidimensional, it is important that our training be designed to emulate this type of environment. The traditional model of static strength training is an outdated way for elite athletes with high expectations to train. In order for an athlete to be effective in his or her chosen sport, they must be able to respond quickly to impulsive movements in a dynamic way.
At The Hill, we place a strong focus on developing explosive movements that will carry over directly to the field while also ensuring to prevent injury. Combined with Yoga, core strengthening and a multi dimensional active stretch, students’ flexibility and range of motion is broadened and reinforced. Our primary goal at The Hill Academy is to develop athletes, not body builders. Students at the Hill will come to know a new form of athleticism and conditioning they have never attained before.
Training modules are intense and fast paced. They are designed this way to simulate game-like conditions; in a game you will rarely have a two minute break and therefore, our training incorporates these sport specific realities. Every exercise that is practiced in a work out is designed with the sole purpose to increase the performance of the athlete in their primary sport. Exercises are designed to involve multiple movements rather than just isolating one muscle group.
Hill Strength training does not just focus on the athlete’s physical development but also places strong emphasis on character development. Athletes are put through intense and rigorous workouts which will push the individual to their limit. Athletes are coached through a team-first mentality to overcome adversity and then individually, to strive to achieve their best possible results on a daily basis. In addition, they are trained to approach their life and their sport in an attitude of unwavering commitment and a belief that anything is possible if they are willing to work hard enough to achieve it. The Hill Academy provides students with the tools to make their dreams a reality.