East Carolina Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Coaching Staff

Vinnie Calautti
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Vinnie Calautti joined ECU as an assistant strength and conditioning coach prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year and works directly with men's and women's basketball as well as lacrosse.

Before coming aboard the ECU coaching staff, Calautti spent four seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Boston University where he worked directly with men’s basketball and men’s soccer as well as men’s and women’s tennis.

With the assistance of Calautti’s training methods, BU captured the 2014 Patriot League regular-season men’s basketball and men’s soccer championships.

Prior to BU, Calautti served as a strength coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where he implemented sports performance programs for high school and collegiate athletes.

During the summer of 2013 he was a strength coach at the USA Women’s Developmental Camp where he directed teams through a customized two-day strength program and conducted a seminar of the importance of strength training, injury prevention and nutrition.

As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Calautti served as an intern with the men’s basketball team and the implementation of the strength training and injury reduction programs.

Calautti is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the NSCA and holds certification as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach (SCCC).

Calautti is a 2012 graduate of UMass with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from ECU in the same field of study.


Brandon Golden
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Brandon Golden in his second year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at ECU, a position he began on January 3, 2017.

He is responsible for designing and implementing yearly-individualized programs for Pirate Baseball, which includes various workouts for starting pitchers, relievers, and back of the bullpen players. Similarly, he overseas specific training for everyday players with regard to the positions they play. While on the road, he plays a vital role in making sure that the athletes have everything they need to recover from the previous days games/workouts.

Golden returned to his alma mater after spending nearly six months as a member of Charleston Southern University’s strength and conditioning staff.

Prior to CSU, Golden served as a Graduate Assistant Sports Performance Coach at St. John’s University from 2014-2016. During his time with the Red Storm, Golden was responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for baseball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer and women’s track & field.

While at St. John’s, Golden also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2015. While working with USA Baseball, he was responsible for the athletes’ summer programs and all aspects of training and recovery.

Prior to St. John’s, Golden served as a Volunteer Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Wake Forest and a Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mississippi State in 2014.

Golden also spent time at High Point from 2012-14 as a Volunteer Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach where he designed and implemented programs for the HPU Golf and Cheerleading teams. He also assisted with the implementation of Olympic based strength and conditioning programs across the athletic department.

Golden, who holds SCCC-CSCCa, CSCS-NCSA and USAW certifications, is a 2012 graduate of ECU with a bachelor of science in health and fitness. He received his graduate degree in 2016 from St. John’s University with a concentration in sports management.

He is married to the former Emily Lewis of Greensboro, N.C. and currently resides in Greenville, N.C. with their son Hudson.


De'Vaughn Gordon
Strength & Conditioning Coach






Emily Sniezek
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Emily Sniezek was named assistant strength and conditioning coach at ECU in October of 2017.

Prior to joining the Pirates’ strength and conditioning staff, Sniezek served as a fitness manager at Aquaventure in Winterville, N.C. after completing a three-month internship at Greenville Aquatic and Fitness Center.

As an intern at Greenville Aquatic and Fitness Center, she was responsible for developing specific exercise prescriptions for facility members and conducting fitness assessments comprised of cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Sniezek also completed a one-year practicum at Youngstown State University in 2015. She also assisted clients with stretches and provided wound care as an observational learner at Specialty Orthopedics (Hermitage, Pa.) as an undergraduate.

A 2016 graduate of Youngstown State, Sniezek received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science with a major in exercise science.