United States Sports Academy alumnus Adam Petway is one of many of the institution’s graduates who have reached the professional sports level after being promoted to Lead Biomechanist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Petway previously worked as the 76ers strength and conditioning coach. In his new role, Petway will provide kinetic and kinematic assessment of 76ers players, while continuing to assist with the physical preparation of the athletes on a day-to-day basis. Petway joined the team prior to the start of the 2018-19 season and worked in the strength and conditioning department
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Petway earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2015.
For the previous five years, Petway served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the men’s basketball team at the University of Arkansas. At Arkansas, Petway oversaw all aspects of the men’s basketball strength and conditioning program, including its unique performance training for head coach Mike Anderson’s up-tempo style and the team’s nutritional guidelines.
In his time with the Razorbacks, Petway worked to ensure that his strength and conditioning style reflected Anderson’s expectations. Aligning with Anderson’s fast pace of play, Petway’s workouts were designed to be explosive and fast. Petway’s training platform was functionally bent and specific to demands of the game and to the athlete’s needs. He works closely with each player to develop individualized strength and conditioning programs.
Prior to joining Anderson and his staff at Arkansas, Petway spent two years as a basketball performance intern at the University of Maryland. While there, Petway worked alongside Kyle Tarp and helped run all workouts in the then-new performance center and monitored each athlete’s nutrition and post-workout supplementation.
Petway was also a key contributor in the player development aspect of Maryland’s strength and conditioning program, and was mentored by David Adkins, who is now the player development assistant for the Washington Wizards.