Hector Raya joins the Mount strength & conditioning staff as an assistant coach for the 2018-19 academic year.
Raya joins the Mount’s staff to work with Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming/Diving, and Women’s Bowling, and assist with the numerous teams at the Mount. He assists in movement pattern correction and the physical and personal development of Mount athletes while also assisting Sports Medicine with injury rehabilitation efforts.
Raya was hired after completing the summer 2018 internship program at the Mount. While in his intern role he assisted coach O’Leary and coach Sharp with the summer development work for both Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Coaching Development, and the day-to-day upkeep of the varsity weight room.
Raya comes to the Mount from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he worked as a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach during the 2017-2018 academic year. While at Shippensburg, Raya was lead of strength and conditioning protocols for Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Softball, Men’s Soccer, and Wrestling, and assisted with 16 team sports including. Prior to the 2017-2018 academic year, Raya had previously worked with SU Swimming in 2014- 2015 on program development, workout oversight, technique correction and injury prevention in conjunction with the coach from Chambersburg Crossfit. The instruction focused on improving strength and power for the swimmers from their starting blocks
In the fall of 2016, Raya completed an internship at William Penn Charter. He implemented and developed programs for cross country and off-season groups. Raya also assisted with all team sports while at William Penn Charter. He also worked on developmental assignments offseason college football programming and aided with rehabilitation efforts for injured athletes.
Raya has also worked as an Olympic Weightlifting coach, developing specific techniques that enhance competition totals and increase overall strength for specific athletes. As an athlete, he has competed in club rugby and competitive Olympic weightlifting. At Shippensburg, he served as the vice president of the weightlifting club.
Raya is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association CSCS Certified and has been a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach (USAW) since 2014. Raya graduated magna cum laude from Shippensburg in December 2016 with honors as an exercise science major while earning minors in coaching and biology.