Shigeru “Sonny” Sano has directed Ohio University’s strength and conditioning program since April 2001, following five successful years at Virginia Tech. Under Sano’s supervision, Ohio players set 18 new position records and had a school-record 39 players earn individual lifting awards during 2006 winter workouts, including two that earned Super Iron Bobcat status, the highest weight training honor for an Ohio football student-athlete. Sano began his career with a short stint at Pittsburgh before working as a graduate assistant coach at East Carolina from 1995-96. He subsequently became Virginia Tech’s strength and conditioning coordinator for men’s Olympic sports, working closely with male student-athletes and female swimmers and throwers. In August of 1999, Sano was elevated to assistant director for the Hokies, coordinating all activities of the men’s basketball and volleyball teams. For all five years at Virginia Tech, he assisted in all facets of strength and conditioning for the football team. In his final two years there, Sano also was in charge of developing speed and agility for the Hokies’ football program, which played in the Sugar Bowl for the 1999 national championship. A 1989 graduate of Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, Sano earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology while playing for the school’s varsity ice hockey team. He came to the United States after graduation and earned an additional degree in physical education from Eastern Michigan University in 1991. Sano also completed a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 1993. Sano is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds certification as a strength and conditioning specialist and as a USA Weightlifting club coach.