Darius Ducré was hired as an Assistant Director of Sport Performance/Speed and Conditioning Coach in August 2016. In this role, Ducré oversees strength & conditioning aspects for the Columbia athletics department.
Ducré comes to the Lions after spending the 2014 and 2015 academic years at Prairie View A&M University. As the Director of Strength & Conditioning with the Panthers, Ducré designed sport specific workouts for football, basketball, tennis, golf, track, soccer, softball and baseball. Ducré also supervised an internship program for aspiring Strength &
Conditioning Coaches at Prairie View A&M, while designing a new training facility and picking out the equipment for the facility.
Prior to his stint with the Panthers, Ducré served two different athletic clubs as a personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach. Aside from personal training, he spent the summer of 2013 interning at Samford University, served the Florida Marlins Gulf Coast League team as a graduate Strength & Conditioning coach and completed a graduate assistant stint at Southeastern Louisiana University, among his work with several other high schools and fitness centers.
Ducré holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania that he obtained in 2010 and is a 2005 graduate of Dillard University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy.
He is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association and holds certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Speed and Explosion and a Performance Enhancement Specialist.