Loryssa Sylvia enters her seventh year at Rhode Island in 2017-18.
Sylvia came to Kingston from Springfield College, where she designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for the women’s soccer team. She also instructed athletes on proper lifting and spotting techniques for all exercises and Olympic lifts. In addition to her strength and conditioning duties, Sylvia helped coach the softball and men’s basketball teams.
Sylvia spent the summer of 2011 at Northeastern University, where she worked with the basketball, soccer, hockey and track & field teams, assisting with summer lifting, conditioning and agility programs. Sylvia also was in charge of running various lifts throughout the day, instructing athletes on proper lifting techniques of all exercises including Olympic lifts, and assisting in FMS and SFMA testing of athletes during preseason.
In 2008, Sylvia received her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Trinity International, where she also was a four-year member and team captain of the women's soccer program. She then served as the school’s lead athletic training intern for the women’s basketball and softball teams.
Sylvia also spent time as an athletic training intern for the Chicago Force of the Central States Junior Hockey League from March 2003 through January 2007. Following her stint with the Force, she served as an assistant to the head athletic trainer for ice hockey at Robert Morris. Sylvia also led the AHCA Women’s Hockey National Tournament medical and athletic training services, providing athletic training services during the tournament by evaluation and assessment of injury.
A native Rhode Islander, Sylvia resides in East Greenwich with her husband Joe and their son Joey.