Marten J. Vandervelde, a 2008 alumnus of Tufts, begins his sixth year in the Tufts Athletic Department this fall. In the six years he has been an employee at Tufts, his duties have ranged from Strength & Conditioning Coach (of Field Hockey (National Champions in 2012), Men’s Lacrosse first National Championship year (assistant - 2010) Men’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse, Football (assistant), Men’s Crew, Women’s Volleyball, Co-Ed Sailing and Women’s Swimming), to Lecturer for Physical Education Classes, to teaching the “Strong Women” course for the female staff and faculty of the University. He is the manager of the Tufts Personalized Performance Program.
Vandervelde recently published his first book, Beneath the College Jersey: The Athlete’s Guide to Healthier Habits, Nutrition, and Recovery Methods, which can be found at Amazon.com and other retailers. The book is a study of college athletes’ 150 weekly hours outside the gym – so many athletes believe the 18 hours they spend in the gym each week is what is making or breaking them as athletes. Vandervelde makes the convincing (and entertaining) argument that the time athletes spend outside the gym is more important than what they’re doing in the gym. This focus on recovery is what keeps his Jumbos athletes primed to routinely run competitors off the field.
Vandervelde has maintained his CSCS credentials for over six years, and is an avid reader of social and sport psychology, nutrition, and recovery methods. He lives six blocks from the Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, allowing him to support the Jumbos while he chases his current goal, a 500lb squat.