Sandy Abney


Assistant Head Athletic Performance Coach 
Texas State University -B.S. Exercise Sports Science '96
Concordia University of Texas -M.Ed. Sports Administration '16

Sandy Abney is the Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Athletic Performance at the University of Texas.  She also serves as the director of the University of Texas Athletic Performance Internship program where she oversees the development and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. 

Sandy currently serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Women’s Varsity Crew, Women’s Novice Crew and Women’s Swimming program.  She has over 15 years’ experience as a collegiate Strength and Conditioning professional.  Sandy began working at the University of Texas in 1999 as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach where she oversaw the performance training of 5 Division 1A teams (Golf, Varsity Crew, Novice Crew, Softball, Swimming) while also assisting with Football.

Sandy received her degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University and holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (MSCC), (SCCC), National Strength and Conditioning Association (RSCC*D), United States Weightlifting Federation (USAW Club Coach Level 1) and USA Track & Field Association.  

In addition, she serves as the chair of the Certification Commission and the Written Exam Committee for the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Certification where she helps to oversee the certification process of strength and conditioning coaches across the United States.

In addition, she is a former collegiate track and field heptathlete and power lifter turned Olympic Weightlifter.  Sandy has held the title, Master Olympic Weightlifting National Champion, in the 63 kg. class in 2009 and has competed as a nationally ranked weightlifter for over 13 years.  Highlights of her weightlifting career include competing for spots on the 2001 USA Weightlifting World Team and the 2004 USA Weightlifting Olympic team.