Sam Craven is currently working in his first year as a strength and conditioning intern coach at NC State. Prior to coming to NC State, Sam worked as a graduate assistant strength coach at Ball State University for two years.
His primary responsibilities at Ball State were with women's gymnastics, track and field, and cross country, while also assisting with football. While working in the strength department he received a master's degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports performance.
Between his first and second year at Ball State, Sam worked Athletes' Performance in Carson, California, as a performance specialist intern the summer of 2011. There he worked with several professional football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and hockey athletes as well as competitive collegiate and high school athletes.
Immediately before attendance at Ball State, Sam started his professional career at the State University of New York at Buffalo as a sports performance intern during the summer of 2010. There he primarily worked with football as an assistant but also worked with men's and women's basketball, volleyball, men's and women's tennis, women's cross country, and rowing.
He received his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology at the State University of New York at Brockport. He currently holds his CSCS, USA Weightlifting, and USA Track and Field level 1 certifications.