John Marano is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Fairmont State University. He is directly responsible for the development and implementation for all 15 varsity sports and over 300 student-athletes.
Marano has expertise in the areas of Olympic weightlifting, power lifting, and conditioning, and are in accordance with the sport specific techniques and guidelines of USAW. Marano also incorporates flexibility, speed development, agility training, advanced plyometrics, core strength, balance training, functional training, injury prevention, and nutritional guidance into all of his programs tailored to each sport's specific needs. His programs will not only help identify certain target areas and problems within an athlete’s body, but will correct these muscular imbalances and deficiencies so that an athlete can perform at the highest level.
Marano’s teachings and philosophy have been featured in multiple publications over the last two years. Along with training collegiate athletes Marano has experienced great local high school success. Working with Bridgeport Indians Women’s Soccer 2012 State Champions, Fairmont Senior Polar Bears Women’s Soccer, Fairmont State FAST Swimming, and multiple athletes from Marion, Mon, and Harrison Counties.
Prior to becoming Director of Strength and Conditioning, Marano served as graduate assistant from 2007-09 at Fairmont State where he was an assistant coach for the football program as well as strength and conditioning coach for various sports. He also served as an intern at West Virginia University under the charismatic Mike Barwis (formerly of WVU and the University of Michigan) in 2007, where Marano worked with various Olympic sports and learned how to develop and implement programs the "Barwis" way. Along with incorporating “Barwis Methods” into his training methodology, Marano has worked with Vic Viloria (Florida State University, Head S&C Coach) during spring drills of 2010. There he learned the “Hatch System,” which is utilized in some of the top athletic programs throughout country such as LSU and Alabama. This knowledge has helped further develop Olympic weight lifting and explosive training in Marano’s strength and conditioning programs for all sports. Marano also spent time with Bob Rogucki (Baltimore Ravens Head S&C Coach) during Rookie OTA’s of 2012. Coach Rogucki has 22 years in the business and offers a large pool of knowledge in working with professional athletes.
As an established linebacker for Fairmont State, Marano achieved WVIAC All-Conference and All-Northeast Region by Don Hansen Gazette earning an invitation to the East Coast Bowl, among being voted Team Captain and MVP during his 2006 season. Marano earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science at Fairmont State University in 2007 and finished his masters in 2009, receiving an M.B.A.