Tony Caterisano, Ph.D., CSCS*D, ASCM ETT, FACSM Fellow
Founding Strategic Advisor
Dr. Caterisano has served for over 30 years as a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health Sciences at Furman University. In addition to Co-authoring two books with former Virginia Tech Head Strength Coach Mike Gentry ( A Chance to Win: a complete guide to physical training for football, 2004 and The Ultimate Guide to Physical Training for Football, 2013), Caterisano has written a major chapter on conditioning in Martin Rooney’s book Warrior Cardio. He has authored dozens of abstracts and research papers focusing on exercise and resistance training in journals such as The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. In 1999 Caterisano attained Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). He holds certifications by ACSM as an Exercise Test Technologist (ETT) and by NSCA as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D). Dr. Caterisano also serves on the written examination board of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa).
Coach Caterisano served as Head Wrestling Coach of the varsity wrestling program at Furman (1984-1991) and for Spartanburg Methodist College (2003 – 2010). During his tenure at Furman he coached the only Southern Conference Champion in school history. While at SMC he coached seven All-Americans including one national runner-up in 2006. He spent 8 years (1991-1995; 2011- 2015) coaching high school wrestling recording 107 dual meet wins and coaching 5 individual state champions and 3 National Prep All-Americans. In 2015 Coach Caterisano was picked to coach the North Wrestling squad in the South Carolina North-South All-Stars, and currently serves as a wrestling official in South Carolina.
As a competitive powerlifter in the drug-free World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF), Dr. Caterisano won 18 straight South Carolina state titles at the Masters level in powerlifting as well as 12 National titles in powerlifting at the Masters level. On the world stage Caterisano took Gold medals in each of the 12 years prior to his retirement in 2014 in the WNPF World Championships (2002 – 2014). In 2015 he was inducted into the WNPF Powerlifting Hall of Fame.