Cara Van Dorn enters her second year with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as assistant director of athletic performance.
Before coming to Chattanooga, Cara served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. While at Western Illinois, Van Dorn designed and implemented year-round strength, speed, agility and conditioning development programs for seven sports while also assisting with football and baseball strength and conditioning programs.
Cara spent the 2009-2010 season at Towson University and the 2010-2011 season at Ohio University as a strength and conditioning intern.
Van Dorn was the head women's varsity rowing coach at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore, Md., from 2008-2010, where she led the NDP to its first two winning seasons in program history.
Cara earned her Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Science and Coaching Educations from Ohio University in 2011. She graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature.
Van Dorn is a certified USA weightlifting club and senior coach, a certified strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Coach Association, and is CPR/AED certified by the American Red Cross.
Cara reveived the John Stucky Award in 2012 and competes at the national level in Olympic-style weightlifting.