|Position:||Football Head Strength Coach|
Darin Lovat, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., is in his third season as the Cougar Football Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, where he oversees all facets of physical development for the WSU football team.
Going on his 13th season as a strength and conditioning coach at the Division I level, Lovat is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (C.S.C.S.) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (S.C.C.C.), and is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach.
Prior to joining the Cougar family, Lovat spent the 2007-08 season with Boston College as the Eagles' Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He was the top assistant for the Boston College football program, coordinated all injury rehabilitation programs and developed programs for all first-year student-athletes.
From 2002-07 Lovat served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Washington University. He assisted in the development of five Big Sky Conference Championship teams, an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance and back-to-back Football Championship Division playoff appearances with then-EWU football head coach Paul Wulff.
Lovat also spent time at UCLA from 1999-2002 as the assistant strength and conditioning coach, serving as the top assistant for the football program. He oversaw all aspects of the training programs for 10 nationally-competitive Division I teams, two of which won NCAA titles.
Serving as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay State University from 1998-99, Lovat oversaw all aspects of the training programs for each of the school's 14 varsity sports. He also served as a an intern with the Carolina Panthers and as a student assistant strength and conditioning coach at UNLV, assisting with a variety of sports under Mark Phillippi, the US Strongest Man winner in 1996.
Lovat earned his bachelor's degree in fitness management at UNLV, and his master's in exercise science from Austin Peay. He was a four-year letterwinner with the Rebels, playing in 47 consecutive games. He was a two-time member of the Big West Conference All-Academic Team, a two-time recipient of the Rebels' Special Teams Player of the Year award and was a member of the Las Vegas Bowl Championship team in 1994.
Lovat and his wife Ann, a native of Cheney, Wash., have been married for six years and recently had their first child, daughter Eliza. His uncle Tom Lovat was a coach in the NFL for 25 years, and his cousin Mark Lovat is currently an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Green Bay Packers.