Dave Plettl, who is in his 20th 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.
Plettl has routinely allowed his student-athletes to meet their strength and conditioning goals, resulting in great improvement on the court. By helping his student-athletes develop more physically, Florida State Women’s Basketball has reaped the benefits by becoming one of the nation’s best defensive and rebounding units over a long period of time.
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. Plettl, and six other coaches who received the honor, joined the then-43 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC’s in the world to 50.
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 and Rebecca Rose and son Samuel.