Chris DiSanto spent one season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Cal in 2012 after joining the program in February of 2012. In addition to his duties with football, DiSanto acted as the liason between the athletic department's nutrition specialists and the players and coaches.
DiSanto joined Cal after spending the previous four years serving in the same capacity for the Oakland Raiders, where he was responsible for the core development training of the team's specialists including placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, punter Shane Lechler and long snapper Jon Condo. Under DiSanto's assistance, Lechler was named to his seventh Pro Bowl in 2011 while Janikowski was an All-Pro choice and also a Pro Bowl selection for the first time after having been an alternate in 2010. In 2011, Janikowski tied an NFL record by hitting a 63-yard field goal and later that season broke a franchise record by making six field goals in one game. DiSanto also worked with Tommy Kelly in 2010, helping the defensive tackle post a career high in sacks (7.0) and earn an alternate selection to the Pro Bowl.
DiSanto began his coaching career while he was still a football student-athlete at West Chester in Pennsylvania. During the summer after his junior year, he accepted a volunteer internship with Arizona State's strength and conditioning program. DiSanto returned to West Chester for his senior year and earned first team all-conference honors as the Rams won the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Championship.
After graduating from West Chester in 2000, DiSanto served as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Eagles for the next two years during which time he also held positions with the Philadelphia Kixx, Philadelphia Wings and West Chester.
In 2003, DiSanto returned to the playing field and spent the next four years with multiple teams in the Arena Football League and Arena Football League 2. After spending the 2005 season as the offensive line and assistant strength coach at the collegiate level at Pikeville, DiSanto joined the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League 2 and was a captain for a team that captured a title in 2006 marking the first time in league history that an expansion team claimed the championship.
DiSanto returned to the coaching ranks in 2007 as a strength and conditioning coaching intern for one season with the Minnesota Vikings. In 2008, DiSanto accepted his first full-time coaching position in the NFL when he joined the Raiders as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
A native of Holland, Pennsylvania, DiSanto has been a featured speaker for the Glazier Clinics presenting on topics such as nutrition, training and recovery. He a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
LAST UPDATED: February 19, 2013