Miller-Rounds partnership leads to draft-day success
Associate director of performance enhancement Chris Rounds joined the Wildcat staff in June 2009. He is directly responsible for the strength and conditioning duties of the men's basketball program.
Rounds' efforts in the weight room have paid big dividends for the student-athletes within the program, as there have been visible and 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, look for the Cats to make even bigger gains.
Rounds has constructed a strength and conditioning program that has seen five former players rank in the top four at the NBA Draft combine when it comes to the 185-pound bench press test - how many times one can lift 185 pounds. In 2011, Arizona's Derrick Williams led all NBA hopefuls with 19 repetitions.
Previously, Rounds served five years (2004-09) as the head strength and conditioning coach at Xavier University, overseeing each of its 16 NCAA Division I sports. His efforts with the Musketeer men's basketball program proved fruitful as XU student-athletes were routinely judged to be among the strongest at NBA pre-draft camps.
Rounds spent four years as the strength coach at Loyola Marymount (2000-04). While at LMU, he directed the fitness of 17 varsity teams and its more than 325 student-athletes, instituting many new programs. Rounds opened eyes at LMU with the vast improvement in the strength and conditioning program for the men's basketball program.
Prior to being hired at LMU, Rounds was the assistant strength coach for the University of Kentucky from 1997-2000. In his three seasons in Lexington, his main responsibilities were the men's and women's basketball programs, tennis and golf. He was a part of the men's basketball national championship program in 1998.
Rounds, 40, 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 1997. He received his master's degree in exercise science from the University of Kentucky in 2000.
Rounds and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra.