Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Justin Lovett is in his first season as director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired Dec. 21, 2016.
Lovett joined the Boilermakers after three seasons in a similar capacity at Western Kentucky. During his time with Hilltoppers, Lovett helped build WKU to back-to-back Conference USA championships (2015 and 2016) and two straight bowl victories (2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and 2015 Miami Beach Bowl). Five players were selected by National Football League teams during his time in Bowling Green, including a school-record-tying three in the 2016 draft. Western Kentucky went 30-10 overall during Lovett's time, including a 19-5 mark in CUSA play.
Prior to WKU, Lovett spent two seasons with the strength & conditioning staff at Georgia. The Bulldogs posted a 20-7 overall record, played in the 2012 SEC championship game and in two January bowl games (2013 Capital One Bowl and 2014 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl) during his time in Athens. Including first-rounders Todd Gurley, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, a total of 15 players were selected by NFL teams in his two seasons at Georgia.
Lovett worked with the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2011, starting as an intern before moving to assistant strength & conditioning coach the final two years. While with the Broncos, the team won the 2011 AFC West and was among the top five teams in the NFL in terms of having the lowest amount of practices and games missed by starters in 2009 and 2011. Denver had eight players voted to the Pro Bowl during Lovett's time there.
Lovett got his start among the collegiate ranks at UTEP from 2008 to 2009. He served as the strength & conditioning coach for Miners' soccer and track & field teams, and assisted with football and softball.
Lovett served as the head strength & conditioning coach at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, from 2004 to 2008 and as the director of sports performance at Miramont Sports Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, from 2003 to 2004.
A two-sport athlete in football and baseball at the University of Findlay, Lovett earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Colorado State in 2003 and a master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He played semi-professional football in the Colorado Football Conference from 2000 to 2003 and was a Colorado Golden Gloves amateur boxer in 2002.
Lovett holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified), National Strength & Conditioning Association (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist), National Academy of Sports Medicine (Performance Enhancement Specialist & Corrective Exercise Specialist) and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (Specialist in Speed and Explosion).
A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Lovett (born Jan. 8, 1977) and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Tillman and Lyndon.
Senior Associate Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Domenic Reno in his first season as senior associate director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired Jan. 3, 2017. Reno was named the 2017 National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year. The award takes into account all assistant coaches working across the country in collegiate athletics.
Reno joined the Boilermakers after three seasons (2014-16) at Western Kentucky as the associate director for football strength & conditioning and the head strength & conditioning coach for track & field. He worked closely with current Purdue director of football strength & conditioning Justin Lovett in building the Hilltoppers into a two-time Conference USA champion team (2015 and 2016). WKU won the 2014 Bahamas Bowl, 2015 Miami Beach Bowl and 2016 Boca Raton Bowl, when Reno served as the interim director of football strength & conditioning after Lovett departed for Purdue. The Hilltoppers went 31-10 with Reno on staff.
Western Kentucky won the 2016 men's indoor and outdoor Conference USA championships, 2015 men's indoor C-USA title and 2015 women's outdoor conference championship. WKU had eight All-Americans at the 2016 NCAA outdoor championships, including Emmanuel Dasor, who qualified for the 2016 Olympics in the 200-meter dash, four All-Americans at the 2016 indoor NCAA championships, eight at the 2015 outdoor NCAA championships and four indoor All-Americans that year.
Prior to Western Kentucky, Reno spent three seasons (2011-13) with the New York Giants in the National Football League as assistant strength & conditioning coach. The Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis during his time in New York. He worked and trained eight Pro Bowlers while with the Giants, including Victor Cruz, Zack Deossie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora.
Reno worked for six years (2004-10) at Wagner College, where he established the first-ever strength & conditioning program, developing year-round individualized programs for all 22 varsity teams. During his time at Wagner, he also worked for a trio of Minor League Baseball teams. Serving as the head strength & conditioning coach, he spent time with the Charleston Alley Cats, San Antonio Missions and Staten Island Yankees.
Reno got his start on the collegiate level as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Boston College (2003-04).
Reno (born Oct. 6, 1980) graduated from Worcester State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in health education and earned his MBA from Wagner in 2015. He is CSCS, RSCC*D, ISSA, FMS, USAW, PES, USATF, NASE and NESTA certified.
Associate Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Dennis Love is in his first season as associate director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired Jan. 19, 2017.
Love came to Purdue after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant strength & conditioning coach with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Denver went a combined 21-11 in the regular season with Love on staff and won three playoff games, including Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Love was directly responsible for all aspects of the Broncos' quarterback annual performance training. Love worked with Peyton Manning in his final season of professional football in 2015.
During Love's tenure in Denver, Super Bowl 50 Most Valuable Player Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris were named first and second team All-Pro, respectively, in 2015. Miller and Harris, along with linebacker DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Aqib Talib, were voted to the 2016 Pro Bowl.
Prior to Denver, Love spent 11 years at Clemson (2004-14), including the final four as the director of Olympic sports strength & conditioning. During his time as director, he oversaw the strength & conditioning for all 14 of Clemson's Olympic sports while serving as the head strength coach for the baseball, men's soccer and women's volleyball teams. In 2010, his first season working with the baseball program, Clemson advanced to the College World Series and was ranked third in the nation in the final polls.
During his time with the Tigers, Love worked with all of Clemson's varsity athletics programs, and teams won five Atlantic Coast Conference championships under his guide. He also assisted with the football program, where he was tasked with movement specifics with the defensive line and skill positions and designed an NFL combine-specific program for the players.
Love got his start in collegiate athletics in 2002 at his alma mater, Catawba College, in Salisbury, North Carolina. He spent two years as the strength & conditioning coach with the Indians before moving on to Clemson.
Prior to Catawba, Love worked at the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona, for one year as a performance specialist intern.
A two-sport athlete in football and baseball at Catawba, Love earned a bachelor's degree in recreation in 2000 and a master's degree in counselor education from Clemson in 2008.
A native of Cheraw, South Carolina, Love (born Sept. 21, 1975) is certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).
He is engaged to Caroline Wham.
Director of Player Development
Sean Pugh is in his first season as Purdue's director of player development. He was hired Jan. 13, 2017.
Pugh joined the Boilermakers after serving as Western Kentucky's football character coach from 2008 to 2016. In that capacity, he counseled coaches and players, led Bible studies, organized community service efforts, and worked with the team on life skills development.
Pugh also has served as a pastor at the Hillvue Heights Church (2010-15), the WKU campus director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2014-16) and as the lead pastor at Church on the Main (2015-16). He got his start in collegiate athletics in the FCA's training program at Auburn from August 2007 to May 2008.
A four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs twice during Pugh's career. He graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and went on to earn a master of theology from Campbellsville University in 2014.
Executive Director of Administration and Operations/Chief of Staff
Greg Brohm is in his first season as the executive director of administration and operations/chief of staff. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Brohm came to Purdue after spending the 2014 to 2016 seasons as the director of football operations at Western Kentucky. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program. During his three years with the Hilltoppers, they compiled a 30-10 record.
Prior to WKU, Brohm was a teacher and head football coach at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, Kentucky, from 2012 to 2014. He started the football program at the newly opened school.
Brohm served as the director of football operations at Louisville from 2004 to 2008. In that capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program while assisting in developing academic procedures and coordinating all player development. He organized travel, camps and coordinated bowl preparations for the 2004 Liberty Bowl, 2005 Gator Bowl and 2007 Orange Bowl. In addition, Brohm maintained all NCAA documentation for the program. In three seasons under head coach Bobby Petrino, the Cardinals won a Conference USA and Big East championship and twice finished in the Associated Press top 10.
Prior to Louisville, Brohm served as the president and offensive coordinator for the Louisville Fire of the Arena2 Football League. As president, he was responsible for all football operations, corporate sales and marketing, as well as hiring and supervising the coaching staff. He took the lead in recruiting players and executing player contracts, while also coordinating the team's practice schedule and travel plans.
Brohm was an account manager for WHAS radio and Clear Channel Communications in Louisville for nine years prior to joining the Fire. As account manager, he conducted advertising sales in the greater Louisville market, managed event and sports marketing activities, and created a strategic plan to grow budgets and projections. While at WHAS, Brohm also served as an analyst for the Louisville Cardinals' radio broadcasts.
Brohm was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter at Louisville from 1988 to 1992. He was the starting wide receiver during the Cardinals' 1991 appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, catching passes from his brother, Jeff.
A member of the Dean's List, Brohm graduated from Louisville in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administrating and accounting. He earned a master's degree in teaching from Louisville in 2014.
A three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) at Louisville Trinity High School, Brohm earned first team all-state honors as a wide receiver in 1987. He was inducted into the Trinity High School Hall of Fame in 2006 and served on the board of directors for the Trinity alumni board from 2000 to 2003.
Director of Internal Relations
Robert Sampson is in his first season as the director of internal relations. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Sampson spent the 2016 season working as assistant director of football operations at Western Kentucky. He assisted in the daily management of the program, including work with team travel, team meals, schedules, recruiting travel expenses and the coordination of head coach Jeff Brohm's schedule. Sampson also assisted with the management of WKU football camps. The Hilltoppers won the 2016 Conference USA Championship and 2016 Boca Raton Bowl, finishing the season 11-3.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Sampson spent the 2015-16 school year at TCU, working in the media relations office with the women's basketball and football programs.
During a three-year stint in WKU's media relations office, Sampson helped re-energize the image of the women's basketball program, promoting four All-American selections and seven conference player or coach of the year honorees. The Lady Toppers won two conference tournament championships, made two NCAA Tournament appearances and earned the program's first Associated Press ranking since the 1997-98 season. Sampson also worked closely with the football program under the direction of head coaches Bobby Petrino and Brohm.
Sampson earned a bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communications with a minor in communications from Kentucky in 2009. While at Kentucky, he worked with the media relations office, as a manager for the women's basketball team in 2006-07 and as a staff assistant for the men's basketball team in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Sampson earned a master's degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2011 and worked for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Louisville Sports Commission's Paul Hornung Award.
Sampson also spent time growing the brand of athletics at Louisville's Trinity High School on a national level. Under the guidance of head coach Mike Szabo, Sampson played a key role in establishing the Trinity boys' basketball program as a state power, national name and eventually helping the school claim the 2012 KHSAA Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. His work with the school's football program resulted in Sports Illustrated, Scout.com and Rivals naming the team national champions in 2011.
Assistant Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Jeff Eaton is in his second year as an assistant director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired June 5, 2017.
Eaton came to Purdue from UNLV, where he was responsible for the implementation and instruction of the softball strength & conditioning program in 2016-17. He also assisted with the Runnin' Rebels' football strength & conditioning program.
Prior to UNLV, Eaton spent two seasons at Morgan State in Baltimore, first as a graduate assistant before moving to assistant strength & conditioning coach. At Morgan State, he worked directly with the men's basketball, softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis, and sprit squad strength & conditioning programs, while assisting with the football program.
Eaton got his start in coaching as an intern at Penn State with the 2006 Orange Bowl Team, under Coach John Thomas.
In 2009, Eaton interned at San Diego State under the direction of Aaron Wellman and served as an athletic performance intern at Baylor in 2011 under the direction of Kaz Kazadi.
Highlights from Eaton's season in Waco, Texas, included working with Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick, Robert Griffin III, and first-round draft pick Kendall Wright. Eaton was responsible for the implementation and instruction of Baylor's spirit squad athletic performance program, while assisting with football.
Eaton graduated with a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Lock Haven University in 2009 and will earn a master's degree in higher education from UNLV in December. He and his fiancée, Beth Rothenberger, have a daughter, Eva.
Eaton holds a certification through the CSCCa (Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Association) and is a certified Level I Performance Coach through the USAW.
Assistant Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Mitch Meador is in his first season as assistant director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired Jan. 22, 2018. Meador joins the Purdue staff after spending the previous three seasons at Tennessee where he served as a full time assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Volunteers’ football program. With Meador on staff, Tennessee won 22 games over three years and played in the Outback Bowl and Music City Bowl.
A four-year letterwinner (2009-13) as a defensive lineman at Cincinnati, he earned academic all-conference recognition four times and was named the best conditioned defensive lineman in 2011. He graduated from Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership in 2013.
He is an NSCA certified strength & conditioning coach.