Bert Bathiany ‘09 enters his sixth year as Denison's head strength and conditioning coach and his fourth season as the Defensive Coordinator.
In addition to his football responsibilities, as Denison’s director of strength and conditioning, Bathiany is responsible for the performance enhancement and injury prevention of Denison’s 23 varsity sports programs.
In five seasons on the Denison football coaching staff, the Big Red has risen to prominence in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Over the last four seasons, Denison has posted records of 7-3 (2015), 8-2 (2016), 7-3 (2017) and 8-3 in 2018 highlighted by Denison's first conference championship since 1986 and the first playoff experience since 1985. The Big Red broke eight single-season team records in 2018 and the defense posted a 42-0 shutout of Allegheny and held No. 22 Wabash scoreless until the final four minutes of the contest. Senior safety and co-captain Ryan Zinkula was named second-team All-NCAC and junior defensive end Nate Keirn was named to the All-NCAC first-team. Sophomore cornerback Michael Flanagan also received honorable mention all-conference accolades. Denison ranked third in the NCAC in sacks, third in red zone defense and fourth in total defense.
After consecutive 7-3 seasons in 2014 and 2015, the Big Red responded with an 8-2 campaign in 2016. The defense allowed only 18.1 points per game that season, ranking third in the NCAC in scoring defense and second in total defense (295.7 yards per game).
From 2011 to 2013, Bathiany served as the defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky where he helped the team earn 15 wins in the first three seasons of varsity football at the college. He implemented all workouts for the football team in addition to monitoring nutrition and hydration.
Prior to his promotion to defensive line coach and head strength and conditioning coach, Bathiany spent the 2010 season Lindsey Wilson’s graduate assistant coach where he worked with the defensive line and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Bathiany graduated Cum Laude from Denison in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in sports management. He received his masters in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2012.
At Denison, Bathiany was a three-year starter at linebacker and safety for the Big Red football team. He was a second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection in 2008 and was named the team’s defensive MVP that season. In three seasons at Denison, he recorded 132 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and four interceptions. Off the field he spent one year as a Denison strength and conditioning intern, working closely with the football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and lacrosse programs.
In addition to his time at Lindsey Wilson, Bathiany also spent the 2009 season as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Western Kentucky where he worked with the Hilltoppers’ football and men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Bathiany is a certified Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. A native of Fort Thomas, Ky., he is a 2005 graduate of Highlands High School. He and his wife, Haley, are the parents of two children.