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Nick Gounaris

Nick Gounaris is working for the United States Marine Corps as the Combat Fitness Training Specialist for Semper Fit. Prior to his time working for Semper Fit he was the Head Strength & conditioning coach at the School of Infantry East (SOIE).

During his time at SOIE, he oversaw the training of multiple courses at the schoolhouse which is an integral part of Marine Corps training. Along with running the Strength and Conditioning program Nick also ran an injury prevention monitoring program that monitored 12,000 Marines annually.

Prior to his time working for the Marine Corps Nick was a collegiate Strength coach at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). During his time at FAU Nick was the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning. He oversaw Men’s Basketball, Baseball, and Men’s Soccer, and was an assistant to Football.

In his time at FAU Nick was an integral part of Baseball’s Conference Championship team in 2016. During his time at FAU Nick trained multiple professional athletes in the MLB, NFL, and Professional Basketball Leagues in Europe. Before working at FAU Nick was an Assistant Strength & conditioning coach at James Madison University (JMU).

At JMU Nick was in charge of multiple teams including Baseball, Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, and Cheer and Dance. Nick also assisted with Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Nick’s first stop in Strength and Conditioning was with Penn State Football as a volunteer Strength & conditioning coach.

Nick played Football and boxed as a collegiate athlete at Lock Haven University (LHU). Nick was a two-time all-conference defensive end/ outside linebacker at LHU. He also competed in boxing as a national runner-up as a heavyweight.

Coach Gounaris believes in a holistic approach to enhancing athlete fitness and decreasing injury potential. All of Nick’s programs are individualized and specific to the needs of his athletes.

Coaching Experience

United States Marine Corps | 2017 – Current

Combat Fitness Specialist (Marine and Family Programs – Semper Fit)
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach School of Infantry East
Florida Atlantic University | 2014 – 2017
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning
Men’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s Soccer, Football
(Baseball) 2016 C-USA Conference Champions
Graduate Assistant Strength & conditioning coach
Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Men & Women’s Swim/ Dive, Beach Volleyball, and Cheer & Dance

James Madison University | 2012 – 2017

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Baseball, Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Cheer & Dance

Penn State University | 2012 – 2012

Volunteer Strength & Conditioning Coach


Lock Haven University – Bachelor of Science (2012)


Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (2012-Present)
Playing Experience
Lock Haven University Varsity Football 2007- 2011
Lock Haven University Boxing 2011-2012