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Chris Rounds
Position: Associate Director of Performance Enhancement
Alma Mater: Buffalo '97

Now in his eighth year as a member of the UA staff, Chris Rounds is directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts of the Arizona men’s basketball program.

Rounds’ efforts in the weight room have paid big dividends for the student-athletes within the program in terms of significant gains in strength, agility and conditioning. With the Cole and Jeannie Davis Strength & Conditioning Center – a state-of-the-art basketball-specific facility housed within the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium – at his disposal, Rounds has been able to implement a vision that has positioned the Wildcats for long-term success.

Rounds has constructed a program that has seen five former players rank in the top four in 185-pound bench press reps at the NBA Draft Combine. In 2011, Derrick Williams led all NBA hopefuls with 19 repetitions.

The testing at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine was a testament to Rounds’ efforts with the UA program, as Aaron Gordon led the entire field in the shuttle run and posted the third-highest max vertical in the history of the combine for a player in the PF/C group (39.0 inches). Nick Johnson also stood out at the combine in 2014, placing third among all players in the max vertical (41.5) and fourth overall in the standing vertical (33.5).

At the 2015 NBA Draft Combine, former Arizona forward and Rounds protégé Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stole the show in the agility drills, finishing second in the entire combine field in the three-quarter court sprint (3.12 seconds). Hollis-Jefferson also ranked third at the combine in the lane agility with a time of 10.51 seconds.

Prior to arriving in Tucson, Rounds served as head strength and conditioning coach at Xavier for five years (2004-09), overseeing each of its 16 Division I sports. His efforts with the XU men’s basketball program paid off in the fact that that former Musketeers were routinely judged to be among the strongest players at NBA pre-draft camps.

Rounds spent four years (2000-04) as the strength and conditioning coach at Loyola Marymount. While at LMU, he directed the fitness of 17 varsity teams. Rounds opened eyes at LMU with the vast improvement in strength and conditioning for the men’s basketball program.

Prior to his time at Loyola Marymount, Rounds was an assistant strength coach at the University of Kentucky from 1997-2000. In three years in Lexington, his main responsibilities were the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as tennis and golf. He was part UK’s 1998 men’s basketball national championship team.

Rounds received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University at Buffalo in 1997, and has been a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association since that time. He earned his Master’s degree in exercise science from Kentucky in 2000.

Rounds and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra.