Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Daniel Darcy was named the Lamar University strength and conditioning coordinator in April 2016. Darcy comes to Beaumont after spending six years as an assistant coordinator at Northern Arizona University.
He served as the top assistant on the Mountain Campus, aiding in all facets of the football program which included organization and preparation of day-to-day training, nutrition education and Pro Day training. He helped train 16 All-Americans on the Lumberjack football team.
Darcy also has a wealth of experience working with teams across the whole collegiate sports spectrum. While in Flagstaff, he also worked with men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, men’s and women’s track and field/cross country and the swimming and diving programs.
In addition to his work with NAU’s varsity sports, Darcy also worked with the ice hockey club team designing and implementing speed, agility, quickness, strength, power, injury prevention and nutrition education for athletes ages 13-18.
During the summer of 2010, Darcy did an internship at the University of Texas. He assisted with every aspect of football summer training including speed, agility, quickness training and testing, and worked with 11 future NFL draft selections.
Prior to his internship at UT, Darcy spent two seasons in New Britain, Conn., serving as a graduate assistant at Central Connecticut State. While at CCSU, Darcy worked with the football, men’s and women’s soccer, track and field and cross country programs as well as women’s lacrosse and golf.
Darcy began his career as an intern at Canisius College in 2006. Over the next two seasons, he worked with several sports including baseball, basketball, diving, softball, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, synchronized swimming and volleyball.
He has worked various camps over the years, including the SoccerPlus CT Speed, Strength and Conditioning Camp in 2010 in New Britain, Conn., and the Speed Development Camp in 2009 in Newington, Conn.
He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
He graduated with a bachelor’s of science in sports medicine from Canisius College and earned a master’s of science in physical education from Central Connecticut State University.
Head Athletic Trainer
Joshua Yonker is entering his 12th year as the head athletics trainer for Lamar University since joining the staff in August 2005.
As the head athletics trainer, Yonker directs and supervises the athletic training staff, graduate assistant athletic trainers, and undergraduate internship students in providing athletic training services to the department’s 17 intercollegiate sports. Yonker also directs the undergraduate internship program which prepares students to become Licensed Athletic Trainers in the State of Texas. The program has sent numerous athletic trainers into the high school, clinic, collegiate, and professional ranks.
Beginning in August 2009, Yonker has been primarily responsible for the daily medical care of the football and men’s and women’s golf teams.
A native of Denver, Yonker came to LU after receiving a master of science degree in exercise science from Utah State in Logan, Utah. While at Utah State, he worked with the football, women’s basketball, and women’s soccer programs. He was also a lab instructor for the athletic injuries class.
Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Yonker was an athletic training student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He received a bachelor of science degree in sport and exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training.
Yonker is a certified athletic trainer and a State of Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer.
He is married to the former Kristina Maurich. The couple has two children, Avry John (3) and infant son, Ashyr Charles.