Andrew Bliz has completed his 6th season with the University at Buffalo’s Men’s Basketball team. Hired in August 2013, Bliz has been a part of all four MAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in school history as well as the school record 32 wins in 2018-19.
While working at UB, Bliz has been instrumental in developing a sports science base for preparation and care of the Men’s Basketball Team. Bliz utilizes biometric measurement of the team’s heart rates during practices and games to create a training load score. This score allows for monitoring of the athletes for increased risk of injury and illness. This information, combined with sleep monitoring and education, allows Bliz to practice a ‘proactive instead of reactive’ approach to sports medicine.
Prior to coming to UB, Bliz completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University (2010) followed immediately by a Master’s of Science Degree in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan University (2012). After completion of the graduate degree, he completed an athletic training internship at Michigan State University. While in graduate school and completing his post-grad internship, he worked directly with EMU and MSU’s football teams. Bliz has been an approved clinical instructor and preceptor working with athletic training students during his tenures at EMU, MSU, and the University at Buffalo.
Bliz holds certifications from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (2010), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (2018). Bliz is a member of the NATA, NASM, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Bliz resides in Buffalo with his wife, Melanie, who is also the Learning Specialist and Academic Advisor for the Men's Basketball team.
To read more about Bliz's philosophy on athletic training and how he cares for his team click the following link Athletic Trainer Spotlight | Andy Bliz of University of Buffalo
Listen to how Bliz uses Firstbeat Technologies and Training Load Monitoring to keep his team healthy and on the court The Role of the Modern Athletic Trainer with Andy Bliz