Barrett become's first McGill coach to be USA certified

Barrett become's first McGill coach to be USA certified
Aug 01, 07 Track and Field (M))

MONTREAL - Dennis Barrett of Montreal has become the first McGill University coach to be certified by the U.S.-based National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Barrett, in his 23rd year as head coach of the McGill track and cross-country running teams, recently earned his CSCS credentials, considered the top certification in the USA for professionals who design and implement training programs for athletes. He also received certification in speed, agility and conditioning (SAC).

"The CSCS program encourages a higher level of competence among practitioners, which, in turn, raises the quality and safety of training programs administered by those who are certified," said Dr. Tom Baechle, executive director of the NSCA Certification Commission.

The program, established in 1985, only has a 65.6 per cent passing rate and includes a written exam of 190 questions.

Barrett, 49, grew up in Dollard des Ormeaux and went on to be a star athlete at Lindsay Place high school, John Abbott College, New Mexico State, Austin Peay State University and McGill, where he became the school's first All-Canadian in track & field.

Barrett, who now serves as strength and conditioning coordinator for the McGill department of athletics, is a course lecturer in the department of physical education & kinesiology.

He is also on retainer as a regional recruiting coach with Bobsleigh & Skeleton Canada and has spent a number of years as a fitness consultant for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

As a personal trainer, Barrett has worked with numerous elite athletes over the last two decades, including Olympic gold medalists Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, Canadian tennis players Greg Rusedski, Martin Laurendeau and Stephane Bonneau, Olympic track star Rosie Edeh and Sarah Ali-Khan, McGill's most decorated track star, who went on to become a nationally carded athlete.

Among the numerous athletes in pro football that he has worked with are NFL players J.P. Darche (Kansas City & Seattle Seahawks) and Randy Chevrier (Dallas, Cincinnati), plus CFL players Samir Chahine (Edmonton & Toronto), Dan Pronyk (Hamilton), Tim Fleiszer (Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan), Denis Montana (Ottawa), Steve Young (Winnipeg), John Macdonald (Hamilton), Rob LeBlanc (Edmonton), Mike Mahoney (Saskatchewan, Winnipeg) and Greg Hetherington (Calgary).

Barrett has also trained a number of NHL players, including Mike Ribeiro (Montreal, Dallas) and Mathieu Darche (Columbus, Nashville, Tampa Bay).

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