Guy Hornsby

Guy Hornsby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: (304) 293-0851
Office Location: PAS-E 256
Office Hours: Summer hours by appointment.
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Professional Highlights

  • Professional experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the D-1 Collegiate level and within U.S. Special Operations
  • Head coach of West Virginia Weightlifting, a USAW registered club and WVU sport club
  • Coordinates Monongalia County High School strength and conditioning graduate assistant program
  • Involved in sport science/athlete monitoring efforts through collaboration with WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
  • Oversees ACE strength and conditioning minor

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Sport Physiology and Performance (Coaching Emphasis), East Tennessee State University
  • M.A., Exercise Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University
  • B.S., Exercise Science, East Tennessee State University


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Certified National Level Coach, USA Weightlifting (USAW)

Committees and Memberships

National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • NSCA West Virginia State director
  • NSCA Weightlifting Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council member
  • Presented at Coaches Conference and National Conference
  • Reviewer for Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

USA Weightlifting

  • West Virginia Local Weightlifting Committee (LWC) president
  • USAW LWC Presidents Advisory Committee member (representing the Central and Southeast U.S.)

Research Interests

  • Optimizing the training process for strength power based athletes
  • Athlete monitoring
  • Periodization and programming
  • Kinetics and kinematics of weightlifting
  • Professional aspects of strength and conditioning

Biographical Sketch

  • Dr. Guy Hornsby is a teaching assistant professor in athletic coaching education (ACE) at West Virginia University. His primary responsibilities involve overseeing ACE’s strength conditioning minor and graduate assistant strength and conditioning (S&C) program that provides S&C to three local area high schools. Additionally, he is a member of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s Performance Team, a sport science group aimed at providing athlete monitoring to various WVU athletic programs and conducting applied sport research. 
  • He previously has held S&C positions within both U.S. collegiate sport (East Tennessee State University) and the U.S. military (160th SOAR(A). He has held faculty positions at the College of Charleston, Virginia Commonwealth University and Glenville State College. 
  • His primary research focus centers around optimizing the training process for strength power based athletes. He serves as the NSCA state director and USA Weightlifting (USAW) LWC president for West Virginia. He is a Certified National Level Coach by USAW and head coach of West Virginia Weightlifting.