Director of Sports Performance

john balano

John Balano

John Balano initially joined City College of San Francisco as the Head Football Strength Coach for football February 2001.  From 2001 thru 2015 the Ram football team played in the California State Championship Bowl Game 10 times, winning five along with 3-National Championships. In 2006 he was named the first Head Strength and Coach in the history of City College of San Francisco. As of 2016, Balano is the director of sports performance. He is responsible for all aspects of the Ram strength and conditioning program which includes injury prevention, post rehab, nutritional guidance, spring /fall conditioning, summer workouts, and in-season training for the following:

Intercollegiate Sports

Baseball-Football-Women's Softball

Olympic Sports

Cross Country
Track and Field

Cross Country
Track and Field

Prior to City College, Balano was Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the annual East/West Shrine Game, Chabot College Football and Track & Field, Ohlone College Women's Softball and the Standford University Hockey club team.  He held the same capacity for the San Jose Rhinos and Oakland Skates professional hockey teams. He was also Head Track and Field Coach at Washington High School in Fremont, California for five seasons.

Since the 1980's Balano was a private Strength and Conditioning Coach based in southern Alameda County, who the Oakland Tribune called "....the East Bay Strength and Conditioning whiz.", for his work with high level, high profile athletes.  Here is a sampling of some of his clients:

Shawon Dunston (#1 selection 1982 MLB Draft, Chicago Cubs)
Current San Francisco Giants Coodinator, Defense

Guy McIntyre (6-Pro Bowls, 3-Super Bowl Championships, 49ers)
Current Director of Player Development, San Francisco 49ers

Lisa Perez (Pitcher, 1996 Puerto Rico Olympic Team)
Current Head Softball Coach, Santa Clara University

Dave Maley (1986 Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadians)
Founder, Rollin' Ice- San Jose, California

Kim Maher (Gold Medal 1996 Olympics, USA Women's Olympic Softball Team)
Current Head Softball Coach, Purdue University

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Balano holds a Masters in Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University.