Dave Van Halanger was named Director of Player Welfare in January, 2011, after serving ten years as Director of Strength and Conditioning.
During his 11 years at UGA, he has been part of a staff that has led Georgia to 106 victories, two SEC championships, four SEC Eastern Division titles, seven bowl victories, and six top ten finishes in the final national polls including No. 2 in 2007 and No. 3 in 2002.
Van Halanger spent 18 years as FSU's strength and conditioning coach from 1983-2001 and five years as head strength coach at his alma mater, West Virginia, where he is credited with starting WVU's first organized weight training program.
Van Halanger has worked with 29 consecutive bowl teams spanning his tenures at UGA, FSU and WVU, with those teams compiling a 21-7-1 record. He has tutored more than 30 NFL first-round draft picks.
In June, 2001, Van Halanger was awarded the title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor presented by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. It is given for professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, and longevity in the field. He was also inducted into the Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in June, 2003.
Under Van Halanger's direction, the average student-athlete gained 20-25 pounds, added 100 pounds to his bench press and 200 pounds to his squat during his years at FSU. He was one of three strength coaches featured in a July 1998 issue of Sports Illustrated. He served as strength coach of the 2000 Gridiron Classic in Orlando and in 1999 became the first strength coach in the 75-year history of the East-West Shrine Game to be asked to coach the team. Van Halanger also served as strength and conditioning coach for both teams at the 2004 Gridrion Classic. In addition, he was named the 1993 Strength Coach of the Year by the NFL Coaches.
A three-year starter under Coach Bobby Bowden at West Virginia, Van Halanger was co-captain of the 1975 West Virginia Peach Bowl team. An offensive tackle, he earned All-East honors his junior and senior seasons and was an honorable mention All-America selection as a senior. He played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons in 1976 before returning to WVU as a graduate assistant and head junior varsity coach. He became the full-time strength coach at WVU in 1978. Van Halanger was also a leader in FSU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.
Van Halanger, a native of Turtle Creek, Pa., and his wife, Michele, have five children - Danielle, Michael, Matthew (a sophomore offensive lineman at the U.S. Naval Academy), Julie and Katelyn and a grandson.