The staff still needs to fill the Director of Football Operations position but two filled officially today.
Matt Balis from Mississippi State, is the new Strength and Conditioning Coordinator/Football Strength and Conditioning coach (he’s known as one of the best) and Michael Painter, will be the new Director of Player Personnel whose emphasis will be on recruiting.
Here’s the releases from UConn on the two new additions to new Coach Bob Diaco’s staff.
UConn Athletic Communications – January 10, 2014 – Balis Named Strength and Conditioning Coordinator/Football Strength and Conditioning Coach
STORRS, Conn. (January 10, 2014) — Matt Balis, who has served as the head strength coach at Mississippi State for the past five years, has been named the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator/Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Connecticut. In his position at UConn, Balis will coordinate the strength and conditioning program for all 24 of the sports teams. He will design and develop all facets of the strength and conditioning program for the Husky football team.
Balis brings a highly-respected background to UConn and was named one of three finalists for the FootballScoop Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2010.
Balis came to Mississippi State from the University of Virginia, where he served two years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Cavaliers’ football program.
Prior to his stint in Charlottesville, Balis previously served as the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Florida in 2005 and 2006. The Florida football team completed the 2006 season with a 13-1 record and won the Southeastern Conference Championship and the BCS National Championship.
Before joining the staff at Florida, Balis worked two years at Utah as the director of strength and conditioning for the entire 16-sport program in 2004. Balis was directly in charge of designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball. The football team completed the 2004 season with an overall record of 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl. He served as assistant strength coach at Utah in 2003.
Balis was also an assistant strength coach at Houston for two years and before moving to the college level, he was an assistant football coach and worked in the area of strength and conditioning at Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South High School for two years and at Wheaton (Ill.) North High School for three years. He also taught physical education at the elementary school level during that five-year period.
Balis earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Illinois in 1996 and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Aurora University in 2001. Balis is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCC). Additionally, he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified strength and conditioning coach.
A native of Chicago, He and his wife Lanette have a son Jacob.
The Balis File
2009-present: Mississippi State (Head Strength Coach)
2007-08: Virginia (Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2005-06: Florida (Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2004: Utah (Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2003: Utah (Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2001-02: Houston (Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning)
1998-2001: Wheaton (Chicago) North High School (Assistant Coach)
1996-98: Wheaton (Chicago) Warrenville South High School (Assistant Coach)
UConn Athletic Communications — January 10, 2014 – Painter Named Director of Player Personnel
STORRS, Conn. (January 10, 2014) –
Michael Painter, who has been on the coaching staffs of five different schools, has been named the Director of Player Personnel for the University of Connecticut football team. In this role, Painter will be highly-involved in the recruiting process of future student-athletes, with particular responsibility in maintaining computerized databases.
Painter and new UConn head coach Bob Diaco worked on the same staffs at Notre Dame (2010-11) and Cincinnati (2009).
Painter most recently served as a defensive assistant at UMass and as the recruiting coordinator.
In 2012, Painter was the defensive pass game coordinator at Minot (N.D.) State while coaching the secondary and outside linebackers.
Painter was a graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2010 and ’11 working with the defense and special teams. Notre Dame played in the 2010 Sun Bowl and 2011 Champs Sports Bowl during his time there.
During the 2007-09 seasons, Painter was a graduate assistant at Cincinnati spending time with the offense, defense and special teams. He was part of two Big East Conference championship teams (2008 and ’09) and coached in three bowl games, including the 2009 Orange and 2010 Sugar bowls.
He served as an intern in the Central Michigan football program in 2006.
Painter played at Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio) in 2003 and the team was the NCAA Division III national runner-up.
He is a 2006 graduate of Bowling Green and earned his master’s from Cincinnati in 2009.