Maine Announces Speed, Strength and Conditioning Staff
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine athletic department has named Matt King acting director of speed, strength and conditioning. King was an All-American football player for the Black Bears and went on to have a career in professional football. In addition, King has hired an impressive staff to assist him. Matt Murray and Tiana Riel have been named speed, strength and conditioning assistants, while Daren Stone and Kris Enslen will also assist with the program.
“I am excited to play a major role in the development of the athletes at the University of Maine,” said King. “I understand the importance of developing athletes on a year-round basis, and all that encompasses the field of sports performance. We have brought in a diverse coaching staff in the Latti Fitness Center, and the Walsh Center weight rooms on campus which will be of great benefit to the entire athletic department.”
At Maine, King designs and implements the year-round speed, strength, and conditioning programs for the football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s soccer programs.
King was a consensus first team All-America football player at Maine playing linebacker and defensive end for the Black Bears from 2002-2006. He was a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award his senior year in 2006 when he led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. The Buck Buchanan award is presented every year to the best defensive player in the nation at the FCS level. He was also named team MVP, and first team All-Atlantic 10 his senior year.
After his collegiate playing career at UMaine ended, King signed NFL free agent contracts with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007, and spent time in camp with both teams. He also signed contracts in the Arena Football League with the Georgia Force in 2008, the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2008), and in the now defunct AF2 with the Manchester Wolves (2009).
Prior to arriving at back at Maine, King worked for two years at Velocity Sports Performance and Premier Athlete Training in Foxboro, Mass. King first worked as a sports performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance, then as the director of sports performance operations at Premier Athlete Training. As the director at Premier Athlete Training, he was involved in scheduling, outside sales, athlete recruiting, team training, individual program design, and daily business operations.
King received his bachelors degree in mass communications from Maine in 2007. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified USAW Level-1 Sports Performance Club Coach. He currently resides in Bangor.
Matt Murray enters his first year on the speed, strength and conditioning staff at the University of Maine. Murray designs and implements the year-round speed, strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and he also assists with the football team.
Murray was a starting hockey goaltender at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. from 2006-2010 and was a Super 8 runner up for his high school, Arlington Catholic (Mass). He has also worked as an ice hockey official working in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and various high school and college leagues.
Prior to arriving at Maine, Murray worked for two years at Northeastern University working primarily with its hockey teams. He was the first assistant for the men’s ice hockey team and was responsible for the off-ice tracking and development of each player. Murray also worked at DB Performance in Dedham, Mass training youth to collegiate hockey players and was responsible for the daily operation and individual program design for these athletes.
He received his bachelors degree in criminal justice from Endicott College in 2010 and he is currently completing his graduate degree in physical education with a concentration in strength and conditioning. He is also a competitive weightlifter, and has competed in meets with the Robinson Weightlifting Team (Bridgewater, Mass). Murray is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. The Billerica, MA native currently resides in Bangor.
Tiana Riel joins the University of Maine speed, strength and conditioning staff this year. Her main responsibilities will be with the track and field, softball, and field hockey teams, while also assisting the rest of the staff with football. Her extensive track and field background will be an important asset to the entire athletic program.
After earning a National Pentathlon Title and Massachusetts State Records in the 55-meter hurdles in high school, Riel became an NCAA All-American Pentathlete, ECAC Pentathlon Champion, and New England Heptathlon Champion for Boston College from 2004-2008. She also spent two years volunteer coaching for the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Alabama.
While at the University of Alabama, she earned her master’s degree in sport management and continued her training as a professional track athlete. She worked alongside and was trained by coaches Scott Roberts, Sandy Fowler, Victor Houston and Harvey Glance.
Riel comes to Orono after improving the strength, speed, and agility of athletes with a wide range of sports and ages during her employment at Impact Functional and Sports Training, a private sports performance facility in Sudbury, Mass. She was an assistant coach of Holliston High School in Holliston, Mass., working with its track and field team where she created and implemented a periodized strength and conditioning program. She also worked to design and implemented strength and conditioning programs for Huntsville High School in Hunstville, Ala. She obtained her CSCS Certification from the NSCA in 2009. The Hopkinton, Mass. native currently resides in Old Town.
Daren Stone enters his first year on the speed, strength and conditioning staff at the University of Maine after arriving in August 2013. Stone was a former Atlantic-10 all-conference football player at Maine playing safety and cornerback from 2003-2006. He assists in all aspects of the speed, strength and conditioning department with primary focus on football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball.
After his collegiate career at Maine ended, Stone was afforded the opportunity to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star game in January 2007 in Houston, Texas. After a stellar performance at the 2007 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana and at his NFL Pro Day on campus, Stone was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 6th round of the 2007 NFL draft. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Falcons. From 2008 to 2009, he spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. Stone made the move north of the border in 2011, and signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. In 2012, Stone was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. The Lockport, New York native is currently residing in Orono.
Kris Enslen enters his first year on the speed, strength and conditioning staff at the University of Maine. He designs and implements the year-round speed, strength and conditioning programs for the field hockey program, and he also assists with the football team. He was a member of the football team from 2008-2012 as a defensive lineman. Enslen was a Maine Scholar-Athlete award during his career all four years.
Enslen received his Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education and concentrated in exercise science and business administration in May of 2012. He is currently working towards his Masters of Education in exercise science and is expected to graduate in May of 2014. The Middletown, Del., native currently resides in Orono.