Derek Cantieni

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Sports Performance Coach


Derek is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association, and then became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Derek later received his Master’s in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen and has also studied the philosophy of the Postural Restoration Institute.


Derek’s passion for strength and conditioning started while he was playing high school, junior college football and rugby. He realized the immense benefit strength and conditioning had on his size, strength, power and speed on the field. After studying sports medicine in college at SDSU, Derek decided to follow his passion into strength and conditioning and took his first job at the University of San Diego under Coach Shannon Turley, now the head of Performance Training for the Stanford Cardinal Football team. He worked with multiple teams, including West Coast Conference Champion women’s volleyball, baseball and golf, Pioneer Football League champion football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, track & field, men’s and women’s tennis, and rowing. Derek then went on to work with the San Diego Padres as a minor league strength coach. He won a California League Championship in High A and the Texas League Championship in AA. Then Derek went on to work with the Oakland Athletics as their AAA strength coach. Now Derek wants to come back to San Diego and help athletes of different levels achieve their goals off the field, to achieve their goals on the field.

  • Hometown: Fremont, CA.
  • Favorite Quote: “The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Muhammad Ali
  • Favorite Outdoor Activity/Spot: Sports, the beach, and spending time with my wife.
  • Favorite Piece of Workout Equipment: Barbell and weights.
  • Training Style (In Three Words): Strength. Power. Performance.
  • Why functional training? Functional Training prepares the body for the field where the body can be put in different positions and situations you cannot prepare for any other way.
  • Why Function Factory? It a place that shares my passion for performance and the methods of how best to train them.
  • If you could train any three people in the world, who would they be?  Jerry Rice, Pat Tillman, and you, if you are ready.