Russell Barbarino enters his first year as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Tulane University. He will be responsible for supervising over 300 student-athletes from Tulane's 16-intercollegiate athletics teams and coordinating all strength and conditioning programs. He will also be responsible with the day-to-day operations of the Henry Frnka Weight Room located in the James W. Wilson Jr. Center.
He previously served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Delaware from 1999-2005. While at Delaware, he was responsible for working directly with over 800 student-athletes from Delaware's 23-intercollegiate athletics teams. He coordinated all strength and conditioning programs and managed the day-to-day operations of the Chuck Hall Memorial Weight Rooms located in both the Bob Carpenter Sports Center and Delaware Field House.
During Barbarino's time at Delaware, the football team capped off the most successful season in the school's history posting a 15-1 record and winning the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship. The football team had won the 2004, 2003 and 2000 Atlantic-10 Conference Football Championships and was also Quarterfinalists in the 2004 and semifinalists in the 2000 NCAA Division IAA football play-offs. The Women's Basketball program had posted five 20 plus win seasons and had participated in four post-season tournaments including the 2005, 2003 and 2002 W.N.I.T. Championships and the 2001 NCAA Championships. They had also won the 2005 and 2003 Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Women's Basketball Championship and the 2001 America East Conference regular season and tournament Championship. The Men's Basketball program also had success posting two 20 plus win seasons and had competed in the 2000 N.I.T. Championships.
Prior to his stint at Delaware, Barbarino served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Florida State University from 1995-1999. While at Florida State, he coordinated, designed, and implemented strength and conditioning programs for several men's and women's Olympic sports teams in addition to specific duties with Football, Men's Swimming & Diving, Men's Tennis, and Women's Basketball programs.
Florida State had won the 1999 NCAA Division IA National Football Championship, had two national runner-up finishes, and won five Atlantic Coast Conference football titles while he was there. The Seminoles also played in the Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and two Sugar Bowls during his time there. He trained five Olympians and three NCAA national swimming champions as well. Barbarino assisted with the development of eleven first round NFL draft picks, and 38 athletes drafted or signed to free-agent contracts by NFL professional teams. Some of these draft picks include Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien, and Johnny Unitas Award Winner (Chris Weinke), Lombardi Award Winner (Jamal Reynolds), Two-Time Lou Groza Award Winner (Sebastian Janikoski), and Lombardi Award Runner-Up's (Andre Wadsworth) and (Corey Simon) to name a few.
Barbarino is no stranger himself to the iron game. As a competitive powerlifter he has become a two-time world, four-time national, and nine-time state powerlifting champion who has held world and national records in both the bench press and deadlift while competing in the WNPF, ADFPA, WPA, and APA organizations.
Barbarino is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Advanced Personal Trainer by the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), and a Certified Primary Aerobics Instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is also a member of the U.S. Weightlifting Federation (USWF) as a coach.
In February 2005, Barbarino was nominated for the 2005 NSCA College Professional of the Year Award. The national award is presented annually each July, at the NSCA national convention. This marks the fifth year in a row that Barbarino has been honored with this distinction. He was a finalist for this award in 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.
A former football letterwinner at Kean University in New Jersey, Barbarino earned a bachelor's degree in adult fitness/exercise science from the school in 1995 and added a master's degree in athletic administration from FSU in 1997. He and his wife, the former Jennifer Engelbrecht, welcomed their first child, Kyle Zachary, in May 2005.