Dan Kopcso enters his fifth year as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Tufts Jumbo’s. Coming to Tufts as an intern in 2003, Dan has been in various roles in his 12 years. In addition to his coaching for the Jumbos, he has spent time at Springfield College, Mike Boyle’s, Athletic Evolution, Boston College, Harvard University and spent two summers in the NFL working for the Buffalo Bills.
Kopcso oversees a three-man staff. His responsibilities include women’s basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s baseball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis. He also oversees the new Ames Human Performance Center and the Tufts Personalized Performance Program. He has been fortunate to have worked with countless great athletes, including two national champion lacrosse teams, a two-time national champion diver, a national champion in the triple jump, two softball national champions and a national champion in the women’s hurdles. Kopcso also teaches the popular Advanced Principles of Exercise Class.
Kopcso’s own sporting career ranges from various power sports early in his life to competing in rugby for over a decade, then moving on to mixed martial arts and ultra endurance events including an iron distance triathlon and a 100 mile ultramarathon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Babson College and has a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Springfield College. He also earned his CSCS and USAW level-1 coach certificates. He resides in Concord with his wife, Lauren and their son, Jack.