Strength & Conditioning Staff
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.
Strength & Conditioning Asst.
Brent Odziana was named strength and conditioning assistant coach in August 2015. He is a full-time assistant and oversees SFA's women's basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, and football and implementing all of their programs.
A native of Memphis, Michigan, Odziana began his collegiate career at Central Michigan University. He worked as an intern for two years, where he supervised track and field and hockey, developing and implementing the programs as well as assisting with football.
In 2013, Odziana graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and he was later promoted to strength and conditioning graduate assistant. In 2015, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a masters degree in sports administration. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Strength & Conditioning Asst.
Dan Wenger joined the strength & conditioning staff at Stephen F. Austin in August of 2016 on the heels of a three-year stint as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Western Michigan. Wenger, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach certification, earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame where he played from 2006-10, appearing in 30 games and starting 19, as an offensive guard and center. He was medically disqualified in 2010 and served as a student assistant for the Fighting Irish. After earning his degree, Wenger was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and transferred to Florida in 2011 where he started 11 games at left guard for the Gators. Wenger, who started a combined 30 games during his collegiate career, was named game captain twice during his time at Florida. In 2012, Wenger spent Rookie Mini-Camp with the New York Jets before beginning his graduate assistantship at Florida where he worked with offensive line.
Lumberjack Strength and Conditioning
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.
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.