MONROE, La.-ULM strength and conditioning head coach John Grieco has been named the 2009 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society announced recently.

"I am very thankful and honored to receive this prestigious award," Grieco said. "I do what I do to impact young student-athletes' lives and to help them achieve their goals on and off the field, so it's a credit to all of the student-athletes I have worked with. It is special to be recognized and a very heartfelt thank you goes to the people who voted, but I am more about winning here at ULM and doing a great job for my family and our program than an individual award."

Grieco joined the ULM staff in January after four seasons as the director of strength and conditioning at UNLV. He oversaw the strength and conditioning efforts of all 17 of UNLV's varsity sports with an emphasis on the Rebels' football program.

"We are very excited for Coach Grieco for this well deserved award," ULM football head coach Todd Berry said. "Neither this coaching staff nor this football team are surprised about this honor. We are fortunate to have him at ULM."

Prior to joining the UNLV staff Grieco spent two seasons at East Carolina where he served as both the director of the Pirates' football strength program and as an assistant strength coach.

A 1995 graduate from the University of Florida, Grieco went on to work at his alma mater from 1996-2003. During his stint in Gainesville, he worked with various programs, including the football, baseball, softball and track and field teams. He was part of a Gator football program that went to eight bowl games, including winning the national title in the 1996 Sugar Bowl. Florida also won the Orange Bowl (1998 & 2001) twice and the Florida Citrus Bowl (1999) during that span.