Dave Plettl, who is in his ninth year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State, works primarily with the women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis programs. He individually customizes programs for each of the athletes beginning with pre-conditioning before the season gets underway.
In the spring of 2005, Plettl, a native of Bailey, Colo., was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). The honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning profession and highlighted the organization’s conference held in Salt Lake City. “This is an incredible honor for Dave,” CSCCa Executive Director Chuck Stiggins said. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to student-athletes, a commitment to Florida State University athletics and a commitment to his profession. We are honored to have Dave as a member of our association. He is truly a standard bearer to all strength and conditioning coaches nationwide.” Plettl, and six other coaches who received the honor in May, joined the then-43 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC’s in the world to 50. “Dave is so deserving of this prestigious award,” FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau said. “His role as strength and conditioning coach for our team has played a vital role in the success of our program. His knowledge and ability to connect with people is second to none.”
Plettl is a 1991 graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He came to Florida State from the University of Texas where he served two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the football, men’s tennis, women’s golf and rowing programs.
While at Colorado, Plettl worked as a student assistant athletic trainer his first year and then moved to the strength and conditioning staff in 1987 where he spent the next 10 years. Plettl was a student assistant/graduate assistant from 1987-92, the interim coach from 1992-93 and associate strength and conditioning coach from 1993-97.
Plettl received Master specialist in Sports Conditioning from the International Sports Sciences Association in September 2001 as well as by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in May 2004.
He and his wife, the former Christa Miller, are the proud parents of daughters, Lydia Rose (5) and Rebecca Rose (2) and son Samuel, who will turn one-years-old in December.