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Jeff Oliver
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jeff Oliver is in his 18th season as the head strength & conditioning coach for the College of the Holy Cross in 2013-2014. Prior to his time with the Crusaders, Oliver spent two seasons at Boston University as an assistant strength coach. He has also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Worcester IceCats, the American Hockey League affiliate of the St. Louis Blues organization.

Oliver graduated from Boston College in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and was selected to receive the Thomas Scanlon Memorial Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Community Service. He was a four-year letterwinner on the Eagles' football team, went on to play for the New York Jets from 1989-1990, then finished his career as an offensive lineman for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.

He earned his master's degree in education from Boston University in 1996 and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Oliver and his wife, Kate, have four children (Peter, Corinne, Claudia and Keating), and reside in Worcester.



Shepard Allen
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Shepard Allen is in his first season as an assistant strength & conditioning coach for the College of the Holy Cross in 2013-2014. He works directly with the Crusader men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, women's tennis, cross country and track & field squads. 

Allen came to Holy Cross from Valdosta State Univeristy, where he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years. He worked with the women’s basketball, golf and football teams during his time at Valdosta State, with the football team winning the 2012 NCAA Division II national championship.

Allen was previously an intern strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa football team in the spring of 2011, and the Holy Cross athletic department in the spring and summer of 2010. He also spent time as an intern working at North Dakota State University and the Pomfret (Conn.) School.

A certified strength and conditioning coach with the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, Allen was a 2012 recipient of the John Stucky Award for outstanding performance on the SCCC exam. He received his bachelor’s degree in applied exercise science from Springfield College in 2011, and his master’s degree in leadership in higher education administration from Valdosta State University in 2013.

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P.O. Box 7A
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, Mass. 01610
Phone: 508-793-2313

Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer sessions and resumes are accepted on a rolling process.