Coming from time spent with the University of Kansas basketball team, Evan VanBecelaere is in as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Broncos. VanBecelaere works directly with the men’s and women’s basketball teams in addition to overseeing the weight room.
“I chose Santa Clara because the pride that is taken to help improve student-athletes on and off the court,” said VanBecelaere. “Changing student-athletes lives, in a positive manner, is something I strive for everyday and I believe SCU instills the same into their program.”
VanBecelaere played baseball at Crowder College until his career ended from an elbow injury. After this, VanBecelaere wanted to find a way to help athletes improve their athletic ability while minimizing the risk of the injury. While an undergraduate at Kansas he assisted Exercise Physiologists with various studies to help improve research findings for the field of strength and conditioning as part of the Kansas Exercise Science Laboratory.
VanBecelaere later became interested in how the research could be applied in a weight room setting. He began working with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams under Coach Andrea Hudy. VanBecelaere was responsible for the implementation of Force Plate hardware and software to help improve sports performance for the University of Kansas Strength and Conditioning program. He also worked with softball, baseball, track and women’s soccer.
VanBecelaere graduated from Kansas with a degree in Exercise Science in 2013. Prior to Santa Clara, VanBecelaere had additional experience at Sparta Performance Science in Menlo Park, Calif., under Dr. Phil Wagner.
He is a 2008 graduate of St. Mary’s Colgan in Pittsburg, Kansas where he earned four letters each in baseball, basketball and football.