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08/16/2017

Exclusive 1 on 1 - Matt Balis

Jack Nolan talks to Director of Football Performance, Matt Balis, on Media Day 2017


The Balis File

Hometown Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate College Northern Illinois University (B.A., Education, 1996)
Graduate College Aurora University (M.A., Educational Leadership and Administration, 2001)
Wife Lanette
Children Jacob

Coaching Career

2001-02 Houston Assistant Strength Coach
2003 Utah Assistant Strength Coach
2004 Utah Director of Strength and Conditioning
2005-06 Florida Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning
2007-08 Virginia Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach
2009-13 Mississippi State Director of Strength and Conditioning
2014-16 UConn Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
2017 Director of Football Performance

Bowls Coached

2003 Liberty Bowl
2004 Fiesta Bowl
2005 Outback Bowl
2006 BCS Championship
2007 Gator Bowl
2010 Gator Bowl
2011 Music City Bowl
2012 Gator Bowl
2013 Liberty Bowl
2015 St. Petersburg Bowl


PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Chicago native was an assistant football coach and worked in the area of strength and conditioning at both Wheaton Warrenville South High School (1996-98) and Wheaton North High School for three years (1998-01)
  • Taught physical education at the elementary school level during that five-year period

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • First season as Notre Dame’s Director of Football Performance in 2017
  • Previously served as the head strength coach at UConn, Mississippi State, Utah and Virginia
  • Strength and conditioning coordinator at UConn for three years (2014-16)
  • Designed and developed all facets of the strength and conditioning program for the Husky football team
  • Created programs including but not limited to explosive power development using triple extension movements, high-effort training sets and metabolic training
  • Collaborated with coaches and sports medicine staff, nutrition staff and massage therapy staff to give each athlete the best possible training, nutrition and rehabilitation service
  • Worked alongside former Irish assistant coach and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen for five seasons (2009-13)
  • Helped the Bulldogs reach four consecutive bowl games -- a feat not previously accomplished in school history
  • Named one of three finalists for the FootballScoop Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2010
  • Spent two years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Virginia football program (2007-08)
  • Responsibilities with the Cavaliers included overseeing the football program’s strength and conditioning needs, and assessing each individual’s physical attributes to improve athletic performance
  • Served as the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Florida for two years (2005-06)
  • Worked alongside former Notre Dame director of strength and conditioning and then Gators’ director of strength and conditioning Mickey Marotti
  • Responsible for assisting the director of strength and conditioning with daily operations of the Gators’ facility
  • Assisted with coordination of the entire strength program, including coaching in the weight room, speed development and conditioning
  • Florida finished the 2006 season with a 13-1 record, won the Southeastern Conference Championship and the BCS National Championship
  • Worked two years at Utah (2003-04) as an assistant strength coach in 2003 before former Irish assistant coach and then Utah head coach Urban Meyer promoted him to the director of strength and conditioning in 2004
  • The Utes finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl
  • Balis oversaw the entire 16-sport Utah program and was responsible for the design and implementation of programs for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball
  • Worked as an assistant strength coach at Houston for two years (2001-02)
  • Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCC)
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified strength and conditioning coach


Dynamic Disciples

CB Byron Jones (UConn)

  • 2015 NFL Draft First Round pick (Dallas Cowboys)

DT Chris Jones (Mississippi State)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

DT Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State)

  • 2011 NFL Draft First Round pick (Philadelphia Eagles)

DB Darius Slay (Mississippi State)

  • 2013 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Detroit Lions)

DB Johnathan Banks (Mississippi State)

  • 2013 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

DE Preston Smith (Mississippi State)

  • 2015 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Washington Redskins)

LB Benardrick McKinney (Mississippi State)

  • 2015 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Houston Texans)

OT Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State)

  • 2011 NFL Draft First Round pick (Green Bay Packers)

DB Chris Cook (Virginia)

  • 2010 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Minnesota Vikings)
  • OT Eugene Monroe (Virginia)
  • 2009 NFL Draft First Round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)

LB Clint Sintim (Virginia)

  • 2009 NFL Draft Second Round pick (New York Giants)

DE Chris Long (Virginia)

  • 2008 NFL Draft First Round pick (St. Louis Rams)

OG Branden Albert (Virginia)

  • 2008 NFL Draft First Round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

WR Percy Harvin (Florida)

  • 2009 NFL Draft First Round pick (Minnesota Vikings)

DE Derrick Harvey (Florida)

  • 2008 NFL Draft First Round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)

DE Jarvis Moss (Florida)

  • 2008 NFL Draft First Round pick (Denver Broncos)

DB Reggie Nelson (Florida)

  • 2008 NFL Draft First Round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)

WR Chad Jackson (Florida)

  • 2006 NFL Draft Second Round pick (New England Patriots)

QB Alex Smith (Utah)

  • 2005 NFL Draft First Round pick (San Francisco 49ers)

Matt Balis
Matt  Balis

Position:
Director of Football Performance

Alma Mater:
Northern Illinois '96

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