John McKenna CSC Athletic Performance Director
John McKenna is in his 16th season as Athletic Performance Director and Assistant Football Coach at Notre Dame High School, and has been a strength coach and football coach for over 32 years. Coach McKenna was the first strength coach inducted into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame and just recently was honored by the National Football Foundation for his Contribution to Amateur Athletics. Coach had received honors from the New Jersey National Guard and Trenton Fire Department for his service to these organizations. Coach also is the moderator for Notre Dames Catholic Athletes for Christ. Coach resides in Yardville with his wife of 38 years Charyl , has three daughters, a son, and 9 grandchildren. The weight room is a place where people of character go to push themselves past their limits.The variety of equipment from free weights, hammer strength ground base equipment, kettle bells, sandbags, sleds, strongman equipment,boxing equipment,flex bands, and cardio equipment gives every person entering the weight room an opportunity to achieve their fitness and life goals. Coach bases everything off this saying: Strong Mind-Strong Body-Strong Faith=Strong Life.
|Notre Dame High School 22 Sports------(1) One Team|
ATTENTION THE 6am Lift for Monday March 3rd is cancelled
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|Winter Hours Start Tuesdat December 3rd|
Monday and Wednesday 245pm Lifting Session
Tuesday and Thursday 245pm Lifting Session
Friday 245pm or Saturday 7am Speed and Agility Session.
Remember teams are made,and championships are won in the off-season
Have a great week and live strong with faith. Coach McKenna
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Congratulations Coach McKenna!
Coach John McKenna was presented the State of New Jersey Civilian Commendation Medal. Coach McKenna adopted Task Force Trenton and trained their members during their ready year. The results of coach's expertise and knowledge has enabled soldiers to be more physically fit and mentally aware for their deployment. His award was signed by Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General.
|Talent is God-given-----be thankful. Praise is man-given-----be humble. Conceit is self-given------be careful.|
Live Strong with a Foundation of Faith and Go Irish. Coach McKenna
Catholic Athletes for Christ Mass
|On Tuesday, July 16, Notre Dame held its Second Annual Catholic Athletes for Christ 7 on 7/Strongman Competition. Teams attending were Monsigner Donavan and Red Bank Catholic. All three teams began the day with Mass celebrated by Father JC Garrett, new ND Chaplain, who arrived rocking a cowboy hat to the delight of Coach McKenna. Father also loves country music, so he will probably enjoy visiting the weight room.|
Following Mass, the three teams did their activities on the field. The players and coaches had lunch together and heard a great talk by Father Al. The sponsor of this program Mark Rosselli, also spoke with the Notre Dame players gave a very inspirational talk about what it means to be a Catholic male.
Keep a food journal for a few days, not the volume, calories, protein, or anything like that, just the food that you eat. Most people eat about about ten to twenty foods a week. If your list is like the one below, you are on the right track.
Eggs, Tuna, Blueberries, Chicken, Grapefruit, Vegetables, Salmon, Oatmeal, Almonds, Apples, Cottage Cheese
Together lets strive to make good food choices. Coach McKenna
How important is hydration?
Dehydration as little as 1%of body weight can cause a decrease in performance. Athletes need a minimum of 2-3 quarts of fluid each day to stay properly hydrated.
Helpful Guidelines -------- 2 hours prior to exercise 16oz---15 minutes prior 4-8 oz---during workouts 6-12 oz every 15 minutes---post workout 16-34 oz for every pound lost. Avoid fluids with high caffeine content.