July 3, 2015 ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland University Athletics added Felicia Lara to the strength and conditioning staff, announced by Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance Chris Meny on Friday. Lara, a native of New Mexico, will assist with design and implementation of strength programs for all 18 intercollegiate sports for the Golden Grizzlies.

"Felicia's experience and positive energy will have a direct impact on the student-athlete experience at Oakland University," said Meny. "Her background will serve her greatly to build a rapport with the student-athletes."

Lara spent a year as a Strength and Conditioning Fellow for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. For the Wolverines, Lara worked with 14 intercollegiate sports and spirit squads. She also assisted with the men's and women's basketball programs.

"We are excited to have Felicia as part of the Oakland Athletics Family," said Director of Strength and Conditioning Terry Sauerbry. "Her background, experience, attention to detail, and work ethic fit well into the Ethos of Oakland Athletics. Her passion for strength and conditioning will help us to achieve all of our Athletic Performance Team goals."

Before spending time at U-M, Lara worked at UTSA and Texas State San Marcos for three years. While there, she worked with football, as well as many different olympic sports while earning her master's degree in exercise science and sport in 2014.

Lara attended New Mexico State University for her undergraduate work and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. A competitive powerlifter, Lara won a gold medal at the 2010 New Mexico Games in Albuquerque. She went onto break an American record at the 2011 World Cup Nationals in Denver.


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