A former US Marine, Lopez comes to Florida from the University of San Francisco.
“Victor’s professional background and life experience have helped him become an excellent mentor and motivator for student-athletes,” Golden said. “He brings technical knowledge and understanding to the job, and he makes meaningful connections with student-athletes helping them pursue their potential.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Gator Nation and to continue to work alongside Todd Golden“Lopez said. “The University of Florida obviously attracts elite student-athletes, and I can’t wait to get started with our men’s basketball team. The physical preparation of our student-athletes will emphasize a collaboration of innovation and resources available at UF while instilling pride, passion, and teamwork that is embedded and learned through a multi-faceted principles of strength and conditioning.”
Lopez first worked as a college athletic strength coach as a volunteer at California State University, East Bay, assisting in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and women’s soccer. Lopez then worked as a graduate assistant at Saint Mary’s from 2017 to 2019, leading men’s and women’s tennis and women’s lacrosse while assisting in numerous other sports. He also served as the interim head coach of the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team.
Prior to his time in college athletics, Lopez spent eight years working as a strength coach and fitness trainer. From 2004 to 2008, Lopez served four years as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he commanded an elite team of Marines as a team leader in peacetime and in hostile environments.
Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from CSU East Bay in 2017 and his master’s degree in kinesiology from Saint Mary’s in 2019, where he graduated with honors. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction* (CSCS*D)
- United States of America Level 1 Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW)
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM PES)
- Level 1 Functional Movement Specialist (FMS)
- Master, Kinesiology, Saint Mary’s
- Bachelor’s degree, Kinesiology, CSU East Bay