Jim Peal is in his 10th season at Butler and his eighth as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is in charge of coordinating and overseeing the strength, flexibility and conditioning programs for all 19 sports at Butler.
Peal arrived at Butler in 2003 after serving as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University at Buffalo for two and a half years. Prior to that, he spent a year as the head strength coach at Greenwood (Ind.) High School.
Peal spent 11 seasons from 1988-1999 as the head strength and conditioning coach at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., where he oversaw all strength, conditioning and flexibility programs. In 1995, he was named the Southern Conference Strength Coach of the Year and was a nominee for the National Strength Coach honors. He also served as the National Strength and Conditioning Association State Director for South Carolina from 1995 to 1999.
Before arriving at The Citadel, Peal was the assistant strength coach at Kansas State and graduate strength coach at Tennessee. He was also a graduate coach for the Evansville football team in 1984.
A four-year member of the Miami (Ohio) University football team, Peal earned a B.S. in physical education and a minor in health education and recreation from Miami in 1983. He received his M.S. in physical education with an emphasis in sport psychology from Tennessee three years later.
Peal has been an NSCA Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist since 1985.