Shigeru "Sonny" Sano has directed Ohio University's strength and conditioning program since April 2001. He oversees the strength & conditioning efforts for the volleyball, baseball, wrestling and field hockey programs.
Sano has directed numerous Ohio athletes to National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American recognition. Included in that are former Bobcat football standouts Landon Cohen (defensive tackle) and Kalvin McRae (running back), who became NSCA Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year in 2008. Former Bobcats Matt Muncy (2006) and Chip Cox (2004) also earned the same honor.
In 2016 Sano was named Master Strength & Conditioning Coach(MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Association(CSCCa). MSCC is the highest Honor that can be achieved as a strength & conditioning coach. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.
Sano began his career with a short stint at Pittsburgh before working as a graduate assistant coach at East Carolina from 1995-96.
He subsequently became Virginia Tech's strength and conditioning coordinator for men's Olympic sports, working closely with male student-athletes and female swimmers and throwers. In August of 1999, Sano was elevated to assistant director for the Hokies, coordinating all activities of the men's basketball and volleyball teams. For all five years at Virginia Tech, he assisted in all facets of strength and conditioning for the football team. In his final two years there, Sano also was in charge of developing speed and agility for the Hokies' football program, which played in the Sugar Bowl for the 1999 national championship.
A 1989 graduate of Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, Sano earned a bachelor's degree in psychology while playing for the school's varsity ice hockey team. He came to the United States after graduation and earned an additional degree in physical education from Eastern Michigan University in 1991. Sano also completed a master's degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 1993.
Sano is a member of the NSCA and holds certification as a strength and conditioning specialist and as a USA Weightlifting club coach. As a competitive weightlifter, Sano qualified for the American Open in 1998 and 1999.
He and his wife, Krissy, have a son, Brendan, and a daughter, Erika.