Since coming to Stanford in December 2007, Brandon Marcello, Director of Sports Performance, has helped many of Stanford’s 850-plus student-athletes achieve their full potential. Marcello directs an 11-person staff and graduate assistants to oversee all 36 varsity sports, and works in tandem with Shannon Turley, Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance.
Marcello’s responsibilities include budget oversight, facility design and equipment layout, nutrition strategies, staff development, and to direct methodology. He also develops sport specific strength and conditioning regimens, injury prevention, and recovery programs.
One of Marcello’s staff’s biggest success stories this year was freshman golfer Mariah Stackhouse. Before Stackhouse came to Stanford last fall, she did little off-course training. Under Marcello’s tutelage, Stackhouse improved her strength and flexibility, and added roughly 80 yards of distance off the tee. At the Peg Bernard Invitational in February, Stackhouse shot an NCAA women’s-record 10-under-par 61, including a mind-boggling 26 on the front nine at Stanford Golf Course.
“Brandon is innovative and ambitious,” said Anne Walker, The Mitch and Margot Milias Director of Women’s Golf. “His skill set goes far beyond strength and conditioning; he is truly the epitome of a performance trainer. I believe Brandon makes a difference with every student-athlete who plays at Stanford.”
A native of Sarasota, Fla., Marcello graduated from Marshall University in 1996 and holds a PhD in Sports Nutrition from Baylor University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a regular contributor to journals, textbooks and periodicals.
Before coming to Stanford, Marcello worked as the Director of Performance for USA Softball. He developed and implemented all development programs for the 2008 Silver Medal U.S. Olympic Softball team, 2007 Gold Medal Pan American team and 2006 Gold Medal World Championship team. Prior to that, Marcello served as the Speed and Conditioning Coach for the Baylor University Women’s Softball team.
In 1999, Marcello helped create Athletes’ Performance (AP), a world-class training facility for professional and elite athletes located in Tempe, Az. He worked with athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and WTA.
In addition to his Sports Performance responsibilities at Stanford, Marcello also teaches a nutrition class on campus twice a week.
Marcello credits the Buck/Cardinal Club for giving him the resources to help all student-athletes. Asked how he prioritizes so many different sports, Marcello said, “Everybody is a priority.”
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Palo Alto native Mark Soltau has spent his whole life and much of his career around Stanford sports. A sportswriter for 35 years, Soltau spent 16 (1981-97) at the San Francisco Examiner, where he covered not only the Cardinal, but all five 49ers Super Bowl-championship teams. Golf always has been his passion and Soltau served as the sport's beat writer for the Examiner, national golf writer for CBS Sportsline, contributing editor to Golf Digest, and since 1997 has been the editor of tigerwoods.com.