College - Ithaca

Keeping the Nuggets in top physical shape is the job of Steve Hess, the teamís assistant coach/strength and conditioning. Hess oversees the teamís weight training, conditioning, stretching and nutritional programs. He designed and arranged the Nuggetsí weight room in the Pepsi Center and also designed functional pieces unique to the Denver Nuggets.

In his 15th season with the Nuggets, Hess creates and administers individual workout programs for each player throughout the entire year. He spends the majority of the off-season working with Nuggets players and other professional athletes, overseeing every aspect of their workout programs. He pushes them to reach their peak physical condition.

Hess is a co-owner of FORZA fitness and performance center and is one of 12 trainers worldwide who sits on the Under Armour training council. He is also the official spokesperson for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and is also a member of NBA Team Fit.

In addition, Hess has been featured on NBA Inside Stuff, All-Access with Ahmad Rashad, NBATV and The Eating Network. He also has his own workout segment on the Altitude Sports & Entertainment network.

A graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.), Hess received a masterís degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports medicine and a bachelorís degree in exercise science fitness and cardiac rehabilitation in Ď91.

Hess lives to obtain peak performance in his own life. His wife, Alicia, is also a conditioning expert and the couple spends their time chasing their two sons, Jordan and Korey, around their home.