Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Justin Lovett is in his third 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 the Hilltoppers, Lovett helped build Western Kentucky 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, including a school-record-tying three in 2016. Western Kentucky went 30-10 overall during Lovett’s tenure, including a 19-5 mark in conference play.
Prior to Western Kentucky, 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). Including first-rounders Todd Gurley, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, a total of 15 players were selected by NFL teams in Lovett’s 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 Division and was among the top five teams in the NFL in terms of having the fewest 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 in 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) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (Performance Enhancement Specialist & Corrective Exercise Specialist).
A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Lovett and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Tillman and Lyndon.
Senior Associate Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Domenic Reno in his third 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 considers 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). Western Kentucky 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 conference title and 2015 women’s outdoor conference title. The Hilltoppers boasted 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 NCAA Indoor Championships, eight at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships and four at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.
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. 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 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.
Reno is engaged to Samantha Attisano.
Associate Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Dennis Love is in his third 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 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 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 nationally in the final polls.
During his time with the Tigers, Love worked with all of Clemson’s athletics programs. 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 is certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE).
Love’s wife’s name is Caroline.
Director of Player Development
Sean Pugh is in his third season as director of player development. He was hired Jan. 13, 2017.
In his role, Pugh counsels players and coaches, leads Bible studies, organizes community service initiatives, and works with the players on life skills development.
Pugh joined the Boilermakers after serving in a similar capacity as Western Kentucky’s football character coach from 2008 to 2016.
Pugh also has served as a pastor at the Hillvue Heights Church (2010-15), the Western Kentucky 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 2007 to 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.
Pugh and his wife, TraShana, have a daughter, ShemaYah.
Executive Director of Administration and Operations/Chief of Staff
Greg Brohm is in his third season as executive director of administration and operations/chief of staff. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Brohm is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football program.
Brohm came to Purdue after spending the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons as director of football operations at Western Kentucky. During his three years with the Hilltoppers, they compiled a 30-10 record.
Prior to Western Kentucky, 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.
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 joined the Purdue staff after spending the previous three seasons (2015-17) at Tennessee, where he served as a full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach for the football program. The Volunteers won 22 games and played in the 2016 Outback Bowl and the 2016 Music City Bowl.
A four-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman at Cincinnati from 2009 to 2013, Meador 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.
Meador is an NSCA certified strength & conditioning coach.