Men's Basketball vs. Virginia Tech (by Matt Riley)
Mike Curtis is in his fourth year as head strength and conditioning coach for men's basketball at Virginia. He was named to the position on May 11, 2009. Before accepting the position at UVa, he was the director of strength and conditioning for the Michigan athletics department.
At Michigan, Curtis supervised and managed the training efforts of more than 20 athletic teams, five assistant coaches and two training facilities. He was primarily responsible for the implementation of performance training programs for men's and women's basketball.
Curtis, a former basketball player at Virginia, was the head strength and conditioning coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association for six years (2002-08) before assuming his responsibilities at Michigan.
He also served as the basketball strength and conditioning coach at South Carolina for one year (2001-02) and was the director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at Dayton for one year (2000-01).
Curtis, who is from Richmond, Va., earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Virginia in 1998 and a master's degree in exercise physiology in 2000. He lettered four times as a member of the Cavaliers' men's basketball team and was a team co-captain for the 1997-98 season.
"Mike Curtis is a terrific addition to the Virginia men's basketball program," Virginia men's head basketball coach Tony Bennett said when Curtis joined the UVa staff. "Mike has six years of experience in the NBA, and his emphasis on maximizing functional strength and basketball specific athleticism will be great for our players. Without question, he is one of the elite strength and conditioning coaches in the country.
"I know the draw for Mike to return to his alma mater where he played and to also be near his family was very strong. He is passionate about everything UVa represents and we are extremely fortunate to have him join us."
Curtis also serves as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Virginia women's basketball team.
Curtis and his wife, Rachel, reside in Charlottesville