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Matthew Cain
Matthew Cain
Title: Director of Strength & Conditioning
Phone: 619-388-7767

Matthew Cain is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at San Diego Miramar College. Cain is primarily the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball Programs, while overseeing the other strength and conditioning programs in the Athletic Department.

As the Director of Strength and Conditioning, Cain develops and implements evidence-based strength and conditioning programs, and directs all preseason, in-season, postseason, and summer strength and conditioning programs. He instructs members of each program in proper training techniques, while leading and motivating them to maximize their potential in a safe setting. He also oversees and runs the strength and conditioning internship program. 

Prior to San Diego Miramar College, he served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for CSU -Dominguez Hills, California Baptist University, and El Camino College. Specifically, he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Program at CSU Dominguez Hills and El Camino College. He has also worked with Women’s Basketball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Waterpolo, Men’s and Women’s Swimming/Diving, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, and Men’s and Women’s Track, and Football at these respected institutions. He also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the private sector, where he has coached youth to professional athletes. Lastly, he served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Kinesiology Faculty Member at CSU - Dominguez Hill, where he received the Faculty Appreciation Award.

As a point guard and team captain at CSU - Dominguez Hills, he received the Dr. Richard Butwell Award, Dr. Hal Charnofsky Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Dr. Hal Charnofsky Memorial Award, CCAA All-Academic Awards and Most Outstanding Kinesiology Major Award, and was part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Prior, Cain captained and competed at MiraCosta College, where he was a scholar-athlete and the team MVP during the 2010-2011 season.
Cain earned his PhD in Exercise Science – Health and Human Performance from Concordia University Chicago in May 2019. His dissertation investigated – Various Forms of Resistance to Potentiate Vertical Jump Performance and Determination of Potentiation Duration. His research interests are the following: Post-Activation Potentiation, Vertical Jump Performance, and Accommodating Resistance Impact on Athletic Performance, among other topics. He has been published in the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association, and ACE’s Expert and Fit Life Articles. He currently serves as a writer and manuscript reviewer for various strength and conditioning, and fitness organizations, and also, serves as a presenter and an expert contributor within the field of exercise science. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Cain has also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from CSUDH in 2013, and his Master of Science degree from CBU in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science and Sport Management in 2014.

He is a Register Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. In addition, he has also received his Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification (Pn1), among other certifications.

Cain is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Exercise Science, Health & Nutrition at San Diego Miramar College. He also serves as the Director of the Personal Training and Yoga Programs, and is the Advisor for the Human Movement Club.