Preparing Boys for Life

Strength & Conditioning Director Matt Rosko highlights the work room

In the fall, The Haverford School unveiled an enhanced Strength & Conditioning Center, dubbed “the work room” by Strength & Conditioning program director Matt Rosko.

“To me, it’s not the weight room, it’s the work room – it’s about commitment and discipline. It’s about coming in because you want to be stronger, fitter, better,” said Rosko.

The Strength & Conditioning Center now features Sorinex equipment, which is used by Penn State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Oregon, and other educational institutions. It replaces the half racks with modular combo racks, tripling the number of workout stations. 

This isn’t just a space for athletes; it’s a space for anyone who wants to challenge their body and create routines that will serve them throughout life. Michael Murphy, Director of Athletics

“The Haverford School is continually striving for greatness — and we’re achieving that here in the work room,” said Mike Murphy, Director of Athletics. “This isn’t just a space for athletes; it’s a space for anyone who wants to challenge their body and create routines that will serve them throughout life.”

That sentiment is, in part, what spurred Upper School parent Christopher Clark to provide the support to make the enhancements possible. 

I asked Mike Murphy about the Department of Athletics’ vision and roadmap for the Haverford student-athlete over the next three to five years. I wanted to know how Haverford can become one of the best places for a student-athlete in Pennsylvania. I am very interested in preparation, performance, and decision-making, and I think that participating in sports is a wonderful process to gain those skills. Christopher Clark, parent

“It’s appealing to Cathy and me that every Upper School student, whether in sports or not, can use this facility every day of the week,” said Clark. “I asked Mike Murphy about the Department of Athletics’ vision and roadmap for the Haverford student-athlete over the next three to five years. I wanted to know how Haverford can become one of the best places for a student-athlete in Pennsylvania. I am very interested in preparation, performance, and decision-making, and I think that participating in sports is a wonderful process to gain those skills.”

“With the support of Chris and Cathy,” said Murphy, “we have maximized the space that we have available and we have equipment that is being used at the highest levels of sport.”

Rosko has big plans for the program’s future. “We want to continue our vision of making this a space for student-athletes and those who are fitness-focused,” he said. “We’re considering technology that would provide more robust tracking capabilities for student performance and overall wellness and a nutrition bar. Additional envisioned enhancements like upgrades to the cardio equipment and an expansion of the facility will allow us to better serve our students well into the future.”

Learn more in the video below.