Navy men’s basketball head coach Ed DeChellis has announced Brandon Spayd will join the program in the role of Strength Coach / Operations for Men’s Basketball. Spayd will lead the strength and conditioning program for men’s basketball, while also overseeing a number of operations responsibilities for the program.
Spayd fills the vacancy on the men’s basketball staff left by the retirement of assistant coach Ernie Nestor.
“Brandon is an outstanding addition to our staff,” said DeChellis. “He has a great deal of knowledge and expertise in strength training, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition. He will cover a multitude of areas for our program. We think this will be an invaluable opportunity for our players to improve in all areas.”
“I would like to thank Coach DeChellis for giving me this opportunity to work with the Navy men’s basketball program,” said Spayd. “It is an honor and privilege to work at the United States Naval Academy, and I look forward to the program’s future success.”
Spayd arrives at Navy after serving as the Director of Performance in the strength and conditioning department at the Alabama University at Birmingham (UAB) during the 2016-17 season. Spayd led all aspects of strength and conditioning for the men’s and women’s basketball programs and the men’s and women’s golf programs.
Prior to UAB, Spayd spent six years at Penn State in the strength and conditioning department. Spayd was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for his first three years (2010-13) and was promoted to Performance Enhancement Coordinator for his final three years (2013-16) at Penn State.
Spayd worked primarily with the men’s and women’s basketball programs while at Penn State, while also assisting with football.
Spayd also interned with Penn State in the summer of 2010 and spent one year as an intern in the Juniata College strength and conditioning department.
Spayd graduated from Juniata College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science – performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Spayd was a four-year starting strong safety on the Juniata College football team. He was a two-time team captain and he earned NSCA All-America honors in 2009.
Spayd is certified as a U.S. Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach and a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist. He holds certifications from the National Association of Speed and Explosion and has a Level I SKOGG System Coach Certification. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.