Strength & Conditioning Staff 
Dan Eason

Dan Eason was named Director of the Wellness Center in 2001.

Eason comes to Nacogdoches by way of Orlando, Fla., where he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Central Florida. Prior to his stop at UCF, Eason spent two seasons as a graduate assistant strength coach and coordinator of sports nutrition at Tennessee. He started his coaching career at Chowan College, where he spent three seasons as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach.

Eason played college football at Southwest Missouri State. He graduated from Southwest Missouri in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in dietetics. He went on to get his master's degree in human performance and sports studies from Tennessee in 2000.

Eason is married to the former Angel Damian. The couple has a daughter, Violet. 

Mark Mitchell
Assistant Director

Mark Mitchell was named Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at SFA in August of 2012. He serves as the primary strength coach for men's basketball,baseball, women's tennis, men's and women's golf and throwers for track and field. Prior to joining the Lumberjacks, Mitchell served as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach at Western Michigan University, supporting the WMU football and men's tennis teams. Mitchell began his strength coaching career at Eastern Michigan University where he served as an intern on the EMU Sports Performance staff. From there, he went on to be an intern with the football strength and conditioning staff at The Ohio State University. Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan and was a three-year letterman as a defensive back on the Eagles football team. He went on to complete his Master's degree in Sport Performance at Western Michigan University in 2012. He holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and The United States Weight Lifting Association.

Joseph Boyd

Strength & Conditioning Asst.

Joseph Boyd was named assistant strength & conditioning coach in July of 2013. Boyd came to SFA after spending the previous year as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA). While at KSU, Boyd oversaw the design and implementation of training programs for women's soccer, women's lacrosse, men's and women's golf, men's and women's Tennis, and track and field throws. Prior to his stop at Kennesaw State, Boyd spent two seasons as the graduate assistant strength & conditioning coach at Arkansas State University. Boyd started his coaching career as an intern at Mississippi State University in 2008. Boyd played football for Ouachita Baptist University (NCAA Div II) from 2005-2008. He graduated from OBU in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Boyd went on to earn his first Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Mississippi State in 2010 and a second Master's in Sports Administration from Arkansas State in 2012. Boyd also holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength And Conditioning Coaches Association, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, and United States Weightlifting.

Lumberjack Strength and Conditioning

Lumberjack Strength

The strength training facility is designed to provide athletes with the most comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning programs available under the direction of a staff that is committed to the safe and effective development of our athletes.

There are 12 Olympic platforms and 6 dual power racks which provide a total of 24 stations to perform our core movements as well as various plate loaded machines to aid in the development of our athletes. In addition there is a sports nutrition counter utilized to provide our athletes with body composition and nutritional assessments.

Programming is based on the systematic development of speed, strength, and conditioning levels to improve athletic performance. Each phase of training places a focus on force production, rate of force production, and the transfer of force to athletic movement while emphasizing free weights to adequately load musculature and promote functional strength.

The Lumberjack Strength and Conditioning program is designed to promote movement efficiency and mental toughness. Athletes will have the ability to be in a better position to handle the dynamic movements and impact of the game while maintaining focus for the duration of a competitive season and the relentless pursuit of championships.

Mission Statement

Facilitate the long term development of our athletes to maximize athleticism and decrease the risk of injury so that they may consistently perform under highly competitive situations.


Ensure the focus of the athletes training is balanced and regulated to develop high levels of physical preparation while promoting competitive toughness thru a physically and mentally challenging program.


Provide quality instruction and supervision to ensure the safe and effective development of the athletes through careful organization and regulation of training to ensure that the training plan is compatible with practice, games, and travel schedules.

Performance Nutrition

Exercise Index Videos & Demonstrations

Football Strength & Conditioning Programs

Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning Programs



Cross Country




Exercise Index

Total Body Movements

  • Power Clean
  • Clean Pull
  • RDL

Lower Body Movements

  • Squat
  • Front Squat

Upper Body Movements

  • Bench Press
  • Incline Bench Press
  • Press
  • Bent-Over Row
  • Push-Ups
  • Pull-Ups

Core Abdominal Movements

  • Straight Leg Sit-Up
  • Russian Twist
  • Seated Diagonal Chops

Teaching Sequence

Facility Pictures


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