Chris Boyko

Chris Boyko

Chris Boyko joined the Amherst College athletics department on Nov. 1, 2010, to begin working as the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Director for the department's 27 varsity teams.

Prior to Amherst, Boyko spent nine years at the University of Massachusetts, where he worked with the men's ice hockey, women's basketball and men's soccer teams. In addition to his duties with the Minutemen, Boyko was hired during the summer of 2009 by the Edmonton Oilers as a strength and conditioning consultant for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Boyko graduated from UMass Lowell in the spring of 2000. He was a member of the River Hawks' baseball team in 1996 and 1997, and was a member of the weightlifting club in 2000. In 2002 he earned a master’s degree from Springfield College in applied exercise science, with a concentration in strength and conditioning.

Boyko completed an internship at the University of Arizona in the summer of 2002, where he worked primarily with the football, men's basketball and women's volleyball teams. Prior to his time at Arizona, Boyko served as a summer Assistant to the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the College of the Holy Cross. He also served as the Assistant Strength Coach for the Worcester Ice Cats of the American Hockey League.

Boyko is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is also a certified United States of America Weightlifting Level I Club Coach. He is certified in adult CPR through the American Red Cross. He currently resides in Belchertown, Mass., with his wife, Andrea, and their daughters Lillian, Eliza, and Josephine.