(NEWS RELEASE) -- University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino announced Wednesday that two of his former employees are going to lead the Cardinals’ strength and conditioning program.
Joe Miday was tabbed as the head strength and conditioning coach, while Scott Wilks will serve as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
"I am really excited to bring Joe and Scott to our staff at Louisville,” Petrino said. “They had a huge impact on our players last season and I am excited about what they can bring to Louisville. Joe and Scott have a great work ethic and are extremely knowledgeable. I know our players will benefit from their hard work and dedication.”
Miday comes to Louisville after one season with Petrino at Western Kentucky, where he helped guide the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 overall record.
Prior to his stint at WKU, Miday worked six seasons on the strength and conditioning staff at Marshall, including the last two seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach. He worked his way to the head position after beginning as a graduate assistant in 2007. It took him just four years to be elevated.
Beginning his coaching career in the scholastic ranks, Miday started as a baseball coach and strength coach at Stow-Munroe Falls High in Akron, Ohio, while teaching algebra and geometry at Akron East High. After coaching his team to an undefeated season in 2004, Miday accepted a position as the Health Coordinator for the Akron Community Health Center. He oversaw patient nutrition, health education, and daily exercise and rehab programs for more than 8,000 patients yearly.
Miday is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) and has passed the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) certification examination. The SCCC is the most comprehensive certification of its kind and tests the candidates' scientific knowledge, as well as their ability to apply this knowledge in a live working, practical environment.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Miday attended Louisville High. He received his Master’s of Science from the School of Exercise Science and Recreation from Marshall in 2008.
Reuniting with Miday, Wilks served as WKU’s associate head strength and conditioning coach for football last season.
Wilks worked under Miday for one season at Marshall in 2012, working as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Thundering Herd after a two-plus-year stint on the strength and conditioning staff at Hofstra. At Hofstra, he began as an assistant strength and conditioning coach before moving up to the department's top position, working primarily with the men's and women's basketball programs.
Prior to his position at Hofstra, Wilks started his career as a graduate assistant in Marshall's strength and conditioning program after four years as a player on the Thundering Herd’s football team. Wilks lettered all four years at Marshall.
As a graduate assistant with the Thundering Herd, Wilks worked with the basketball, football, baseball, soccer, softball, and volleyball teams. He assisted in implementing yearly strength and conditioning programs for the teams he worked with, as well as developing testing for measuring progress in strength, flexibility, speed, agility, and body composition. He also took part in recruiting presentations for the football, baseball, softball, and soccer programs and assisted in game day operations.
During his work with the basketball team, Wilks assisted in implementing plyometric, flexibility, and injury prevention programs, as well as speed and agility drills.
A 2005 graduate of Marshall, Wilks, who was a Dean's List student, earned his master's in physical education from Marshall in 2008 and his master's in special education in 2009.
Wilks, a native of Maryville, Tenn., is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds first aid and CPR certifications.