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Shea Little Hired as Strength & Conditioning Assistant

portrait of a women on the left with the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans logo on the right

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics has hired Shea Little to be the Tartans’ assistant strength and conditioning coach to work alongside Alan DeGennaro, the director of strength and conditioning for the Tartans for the past 12 years.

Little comes to Pittsburgh after completing her master’s degree in exercise science in June at Eastern Washington University where she served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant for two years. While in that role, Little had primary responsibilities of working on speed, strength, and conditioning for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s cross country while also assisting with programming for football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s golf. Little traveled with the football team to assist with workouts and assisted athletes with proper fueling before and after workouts.

“Shea comes from a family of coaches and athletes and knows what it takes to be successful,” said DeGennaro. “Her coaching philosophy is holistic and cemented in relationship building and communication. Most importantly, she is a great person, humble, and committed to the student-athletes she is working with. We are fortunate to add Shea to our staff and I’m very excited to start working with her.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and fitness and wellness in 2019 from Tennessee Technological University, Little worked as an intern at Oregon State University for a year assisting with 10 programs while running small group sessions for women’s basketball and softball.

Little is a former student-athlete at Tennessee Tech where she played volleyball and was the team captain for the Golden Eagles her final two seasons. As a student-athlete, Little also worked in the strength and conditioning department for the Golden Eagles.

“I am extremely excited to be joining CMU athletics,” said Little. “I would like to thank the Director of Strength and Conditioning, Alan Degennaro, and the rest of the search committee for entrusting me to aid in the development of student-athletes at Carnegie Mellon University. I look forward to making a positive and lasting impact on CMU athletics.”