Director of Sports Nutrition Randy Bird is responsible for the development and coordination of optimal nutritional services at Virginia and for the nutritional development and care of student-athletes. Bird consults with head coach Tony Bennett and men’s basketball student-athletes to provide direction and communicate the value of nutrition programs specifically designed to promote their health and performance. Bird works with the a Certified Executive Chef to develop menus for the training table and organize cooking demonstrations and grocery store visits for men’s basketball players to help them make better food choices.
Director of Academics for Basketball T.J. Grams monitors class progress, registration and eligibility requirements of a diverse group of men’s basketball student-athletes. He communicates directly with head coach Tony Bennett and his coaching staff concerning student needs and progress. Grams also participates in the recruiting process by meeting with families and prospects and helping through application and admission.
The mission of the Department of Sports Medicine and Associate Director of Athletics/Head Athletic Trainer Ethan Saliba is to provide the “Gold Standard“ of health care for Division I men’s basketball student-athletes. The “Gold Standard“ would be exemplified by having NCAA, Olympic and National Sports teams look to UVA as the best product for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the elite athlete. Saliba manages all daily athletic training room operations, including: staff, clerical and student assignments; injury management and rehabilitation; and ensuring medical coverage for all UVA men’s basketball student-athletes.
Head strength and conditioning coach Mike Curtis provides year-round comprehensive, basketball-specific training programs for each member of the Cavaliers. Each program focuses on many components including: strength, aerobic and anaerobic endurance, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility and power. Coach Curtis also consults with both the nutrition and sports medicine staff to develop the individual strength and conditioning programs. This cohesive relationship ensures that men’s basketball student-athletes have every opportunity to maximize their performance potential.