Football | January 16, 2021
LOS ANGELES — Robert Stiner, who helped Notre Dame to a pair of College Football Playoff appearances in the past three seasons and also has been on the strength and conditioning staffs at Cincinnati, LSU and Mississippi State, has been named USC’s director of football sports performance, Trojan head coach Clay Helton announced today (Jan. 16).
“We are very excited to welcome coach Stiner to the Trojan Family,” said Helton. “His knowledge and passion for developing student-athletes to reach their full potential is well recognized by his peers and has made him a highly-respected coach in the field. The system he brings has helped produce teams that compete and thrive at the highest level of college football and we are confident he will make an immediate impact on our program and student-athletes.”
Stiner, 35, was an assistant director of football strength and conditioning at Notre Dame for the past 3 seasons (2018-20). The Irish went 33-5 during his time there and earned CFP berths in 2018 and 2019 while finishing fifth in the final AP poll both seasons. Notre Dame players had 47 Top 10 placings in running, jumping and lifting drills at the past 2 NFL Combines, more than they had in the previous 5 Combines, and 8 of those were No. 1 finishes.
He spent 2017 at Cincinnati as an assistant director of football performance, helping set the foundation for the Bearcats’ best 3-year stretch in program history (they went 31-6 from 2018 to 2020).
Stiner was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida International in 2016 after serving as director of strength and conditioning at Central Arkansas for 3 years (2014-16).
He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Stiner began his coaching career in 2008 as a volunteer assistant at Belhaven, his alma mater. He then served strength and conditioning internships at Valdosta State in 2008, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 2009 and Baylor in 2010, was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Valdosta State from 2009 to 2011 and was a strength and conditioning intern at LSU in 2011 and 2012.
He is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
He was a 4-year (2004-07) starter at defensive end and a team captain at Belhaven, where he earned All-Mid-South honors in 2006 and 2007. He won Belhaven’s Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award in 2007.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Belhaven in 2008 and a master’s degree in health and physical education/fitness from Valdosta State in 2011.
He is married and his wife’s name is Briana. He has competed in amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) events.
Welcome to 72° and ☀️!!@coachstiner named Director of Football Sports Performance 💪📈
— USC Football (@USC_FB) January 16, 2021