Our interview with LSU football Athletic Development Coach Shawn Facione Jr.

1. Best part of your role as an Athletic Development Coach at LSU?

– The day to day interactions and opportunity to impact the lives of young people. As an athletic development coach, commonly referred to as strength and conditioning, our staff spends the most time with the student-athletes of all members in the program. Whether it be passing by in the hallways, locker room, performance nutrition center, at practice, or throughout an actual training session, the conversations had and the memories made are special.

2. Greatest achievement as an Athletic Development Coach?

– I’m very fortunate to have worked my way into several extraordinary positions so far in my career as well as be mentored by some the best in the profession. When preparation has met opportunity, I’ve taken advantage of it. There is no singular achievement above being able to consistently show up and do what I love to do, day in and day out. 

3. Favorite muscle group to train?

– We’re commonly taught to train movements over muscles. Now, favorite MOVEMENT to train? Definitely squat. Bilateral or single-leg, it doesn’t matter in my own training. Best bang for your buck and most always a challenge.

4. What do you enjoy doing outside of your job?

– I’ve learned that a good balance is important. Early on I didn’t have much time, resources or interest in hobbies or things outside of work. Recently, I’ve grown to take great interest in training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. That’s the biggest one. It’s a physical challenge unlike anything experienced in traditional team sports and mentally as well.

5. Advice for anyone looking to get into college level strength and conditioning?

– If not already, seek a supporting degree in exercise science, kinesiology, etc. On top of that, seek an internship at the collegiate level. More importantly, research with whom you’re seeking the internship with. The early mentorship of a prospective strength and conditioning coach is everything. With those combined actions, I recommend having a legitimate desire and curiosity to learn, be a sponge, and work daily toward your aspirations of being a collegiate strength and conditioning coach. It is a highly competitive field and there are far more coaches than jobs available.