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Speed, Strength & Conditioning Center

Speed, Strength & Conditioning Center
Timmons Arena
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, S.C. 29613



Andre' Bernardi
Assistant Athletics Director/Director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning
(Football, Baseball, Men's Soccer)
P (864) 294-3453

Kaitlyn Bernardi
Assistant Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning
(Volleyball, Softball, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis, Women's Golf)

Matt Aldred
Assistant Speed, Strength & Conditioning Coach
(Men's & Women's Basketball)

Matthew Thomas

Assistant Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach

(Assistant Football & Baseball, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, Men's Golf)

Social Media

Twitter: @Furman_Strength

Mission Statement

The mission of the Furman Speed, Strength & Conditioning program is to build championship-caliber student-athletes by applying discipline, work ethic, leadership, and accountability principles while training in a safe, scientifically-backed facility and program. By modeling servant leadership principles, we will develop student athletes who will run their race to win in the classroom, in competition, and in life.

Speed, Strength & Conditioning Philosophy 

5 Pillars of Programing

  1. Elite is the standard- do the little things right
  2. Keep things simple but effective
  3. Train harder than the game demands
  4. Have great body language and energy
  5. Win Every Rep

Fundamentals of Program

  1. Overload Principle
  2. Progression
  3. Structural and Muscular Balance
  4. Perfect Technique
  5. Variation
  6. Communication
  7. Sport Specific
  8. Periodization
  9. Program Evaluation

Facility Overview

Furman's Speed, Strength & Conditioning Center serves over 425 student-athletes representing 20 NCAA Division I men's and women's athletic teams. Located in Timmons Arena, the 7,000-square foot Strength Training Center is fully equipped with: 16 Power Stations, Intek bumpers, Olympic bars, safety bars, strength bars, Tsunami bars, free weights, dumbbells, kettle bells, steel plyo box sets, glute ham developers, reverse hypers, Pit Shark, Vertimax, medicine balls and other equipment.

Nutrition Overview

Sponsored by Ingles Grocery, Furman's Speed, Strength & Conditioning Center features a Fueling Station where Paladin student-athletes can refuel following training sessions with protein shakes, recovery bars, chocolate milk, granola bars, fruits, sandwiches and more.

Donate to the Speed, Strength & Conditioning

Paladin Family,

Thanks for supporting our efforts in bringing Furman back to dominance in the Southern Conference. Those who have helped us in the past, thank you for sharing your resources that have helped us so much. It is our standard to play for SOCON Championships! This standard has been entrusted to us by the former players, coaches and supporters of the Furman Family. However, this does not just happen; but it is the result of an uncommon effort from the players, coaches, staff and great supporters like you.

If you would like to support us financially, please contact Andre Bernardi ( Any amount is appreciated and it will be used to enhance our sports nutrition program and sports performance enhancing equipment for our athletes. All gifts are tax deductible.  

It’s an honor and privilege to work with your child, family member or friend of the program and again thanks for your past, present and future support. If you have any questions feel free to email me or call at (864)354-8983.


God Bless and Go Paladins!
Andre Bernardi
Director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613