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Guy Hornsby, PhD

Assistant Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Head Coach of West Virginia Weightlifting and Volunteer (throws) Coach for WVU Track and Field  
  • Coaching Science Coordinator at WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Human Performance Innovation Center  
  • West Virginia State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association 


  • PhD, Sport Physiology and Performance (Coaching Emphasis), East Tennessee State University
  • MA, Exercise Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University
  • BS, Exercise Science, East Tennessee State University

Research Interests

  • Optimizing the training process for strength power based athletes
  • Athlete monitoring
  • Periodization and programming
  • Kinetics and kinematics of weightlifting
  • Professional aspects of strength and conditioning


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Certified National Level Coach, USA Weightlifting (USAW)

Committees and Memberships

National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • NSCA West Virginia State director
  • NSCA Weightlifting Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council member
  • Presented at Coaches Conference and National Conference
  • Reviewer for Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

USA Weightlifting

  • West Virginia Local Weightlifting Committee (LWC) president
  • USAW LWC Presidents Advisory Committee member (representing the Central and Southeast U.S.)

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Guy Hornsby is an assistant professor in Coaching and Performance Science (CPS) at West Virginia University. His primary responsibilities involve overseeing the strength conditioning and applied sport science areas of emphasis and CPS's graduate assistant strength and conditioning (S&C) program that provides S&C to three local area high schools. He previously has held S&C positions within both U.S. collegiate sport, East Tennessee State University, and the U.S. Military 160th SOAR (A), and has held faculty positions at the College of Charleston, Virginia Commonwealth University and Glenville State College.

Generally, Dr. Hornsby's research is centered around optimizing the training process for strength power-based athletes. More specifically, he is interested in the areas of athlete monitoring, various aspects of weightlifting and strength and conditioning, and coach education. Through his role as coaching science coordinator at WVU RNI HPIC, he conducts long term monitoring studies on competitive collegiate athletes and cross sectional experiments on strength power athletes.

Dr. Hornsby serves as the NSCA state director and USA Weightlifting (USAW) LWC president for West Virginia. He is a Certified National Level Coach by USAW, the head coach of West Virginia Weightlifting and a volunteer coach (throws) for WVU Track and Field.