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Lewis Caralla
Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach

Lewis Caralla

Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach

Year at Tech 1st
Alma Mater Defiance, 2008
Lewis Caralla

Biography

Lewis Caralla is in his first season as Georgia Tech’s head football strength and conditioning coach.

Caralla has previously served as the head strength and conditioning coach for three different NCAA Division I FBS programs, most recently at Buffalo, where he was named Football Scoop’s 2018 Strength Coach of the Year.

His career stops also include directing strength and conditioning at Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas and serving as an assistant at Michigan, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. His previous stint at Georgia Tech came in 2010-11.

Originally from Tarpon Springs, Fla., Caralla and his wife, Lori, have two children: Marshall and Ali.

 THE LEWIS CARALLA FILE
 PERSONAL
 HometownTarpon Springs, Fla.
 FamilyWife: Lori;
Children: Marshall and Ali
 Alma MaterDefiance, 2008
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
 2005-08Defiance (RB)
 COACHING EXPERIENCE
2007USFIntern
2008VirginiaIntern
2009-10Mississippi StateGraduate Assistant
2010-11Georgia TechAssistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2011Mississippi StateAssistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2012-14MichiganAssistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2015North TexasDirector of Strength and Conditioning
2016-17Louisiana-LafayetteDirector of Strength and Conditioning
2018BuffaloHead Football Strength and Conditioning Coach
2019-Georgia TechHead Football Strength and Conditioning Coach

FULL BIOGRAPHY

With 12 years of experience and having previously served as the head strength and conditioning coach for three different NCAA Division I FBS programs, Lewis Caralla is in his first season as head football strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech.

Caralla is familiar with Georgia Tech, having previously serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Yellow Jackets in 2010-11, working with the Jackets’ football program and directing the strength program for Tech’s nationally ranked golf team.

Prior to his return to The Flats, Caralla spent the 2018 season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Buffalo, where he was named Football Scoop’s Strength Coach of the Year. In his lone season at Buffalo, Caralla helped turn around a team that went 8-16 over the previous two years into a squad that won the MAC East Division championship and earned the program’s first bowl berth since 2013 (and third all-time).

“Lew was one of four finalists for national strength coach of the year and did a masterful job of developing the student-athletes at the University at Buffalo. They had a great season and a large part of that was due to their gains in the weight room and offseason conditioning,” head coach Geoff Collins said. “He was with me at Mississippi State and has been at Georgia Tech before, so he knows this place, he loves this place and I’m really excited to get him back on The Flats.”

Before his one season at Buffalo, Caralla was director of strength and conditioning at Louisiana-Lafayette (2016-17) and North Texas (2015). His career also includes stints as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan (2012-14), Mississippi State (2011) and Georgia Tech (2010-11), a graduate assistant at Mississippi State (2009-10) and an intern at Virginia (2008) and South Florida (2007). During his one season as a full-time assistant at Mississippi State in 2011, he worked on the Bulldogs’ football staff with Collins, who was MSU’s co-defensive coordinator.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to lead Georgia Tech football’s strength program,” Caralla said. “This is an incredible full-circle for my family, being that my first full-time assistant job was at Georgia Tech in 2010. I’m thankful to have worked for Coach [Paul] Johnson in the past and thankful for Coach Collins to give me this chance now. I’m coming to Atlanta with complete determination to help this team in every way I can. My entire heart will be poured into this program.”

Originally from Tarpon Springs, Fla., Caralla was a two-time all-conference running back at Defiance (Ohio) College, where he also earned academic all-conference accolades twice and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wellness and corporate fitness in 2008. He earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State in 2010.

Caralla and his wife, Lori, have two children: Marshall and Ali.

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