Lou DeNeen became a Director of Sports Enhancement in 2012, having previously served as the strength and conditioning coach for the UAB men's basketball and softball teams since 2007. DeNeen's offseason workouts have immediately paid dividends, as numerous players put on muscle, while also dropping body fat.
It is no surprise that DeNeen has made an impact when looking at his former list of clients. DeNeen has worked and trained many players at the professional and collegiate levels. His clientele includes MLB players Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez and Mike Lowell; NBA players Mark Strickland, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Jamal Mashburn and Joe Smith; and NFL player Tony Gonzalez, among many others.
DeNeen comes to UAB from Florida International where he spent a total of 13 years as the head strength and conditioning coach for FIU's 17 varsity sports. DeNeen was with the Panthers from 1991-94 and 1997-2007.
In between his years at FIU, DeNeen was the assistant strength coach at California-Berkeley, with direct responsibility for the football program. DeNeen was at Cal from 1994-97 and oversaw baseball, basketball, crew, softball, tennis and volleyball in addition to his football duties. While with the Golden Bears, DeNeen was the strength coach for five NFL first round picks, including Duane Clemons, Todd Steussie, Reagan Upshaw, Tarik Glenn and Gonzalez. He was also the head strength coach when Cal's nationally-ranked baseball team made two NCAA Tournaments in 1996 and 1997.
DeNeen received his B.S. in microbiology from USF in 1991, and earned a masters from FIU in 1994. He has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.) for 25 years.