Doug Elisaia is the new director of strength and conditioning at Utah.
Jan. 26, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -
Doug Elisaia has been promoted to director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah. Elisaia (pronounced ellee-sy-a), a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, came to Utah as an assistant last February. He spent the previous three years at the University of Kentucky, where he was the head baseball--and assistant football--strength and conditioning coach.
Prior to joining the Wildcat staff, Elisaia spent the 2000-01 seasons in a dual capacity at Wayne State as the defensive line coach and football strength and conditioning coach. He served in a similar capacity at McPherson College for the 1998-99 seasons.
Elisaia played defensive tackle at Iowa Wesleyan from 1991-95--leading the team in tackles as a senior with 76 and earning NAIA Academic All-America honors. The three-year team captain graduated in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in athletic training and coaching.
Born in Redwood City, Calif., Elisaia was raised in Pago Pago, American Samoa. As a senior, he was named the American Samoa High School Athletics Association's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was recognized by the government of American Samoa as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the Samoan Goodwill Games, held in Honolulu.
The 34-year-old and his wife Leata have three daughters: Safua, Seleisa and Colleen, and one son, Samuelu.
Filling the assistant vacancy created by Elisaia's promotion to director is Evan Simon. Simon joins the Utes from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was the head strength and conditioning coach. Retained as assistant strength and conditioning coaches were Annette Poulton and Jon Webster.