Paul Valukas

Born and raised in Chicago, Paul always wanted to live out west and work with athletes. He grew up skiing, playing football and lacrosse. Paul eventually went to Rollins College in Florida for the purpose of playing lacrosse and realized that he enjoyed training more than he enjoyed playing.

He transferred out of Rollins and took a semester off to enroll in a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in Patagonia Chile. Upon returning to the states, Paul went to the University of Wisconsin Madison where he began working to become a Strength and Conditioning coach. While at UW, he worked with the Adaptive Fitness program for two years and then accepted an internship with the Badger Football Program. While with the football program, he worked with multiple NFL Draft picks and helped with the implementation of the strength program over the course of the 2016 season.

Following the completion of his internship there, he transferred to the Wisconsin Men’s and Women’s Hockey program where he stayed for a year. While with Wisconsin Hockey, he developed a passion for working with hockey players and helped administer the off-season Strength and Conditioning program for Wisconsin Alumni in the NHL. 

The past two years, Paul has moved from Wisconsin to Denver where he has worked as an assistant Spot Performance Coach at the University of Denver. He was in charge of overseeing the Women’s Gymnastics program, Men’s and Women’s Tennis and the primary assistant for Hockey and Lacrosse. While at DU, Paul entered the Sports Coaching and Strength and Conditioning Masters and will be finished at the end of the 2018 summer. Most recently Paul was hired as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Physiology Testing staff. In his free time, he loves to ski, rock climb, hike and train.

Paul is incredibly lucky to have worked with some of the best coaches in the college and professional settings and he feels incredibly grateful to be a part of the ETHOS staff.