"Sport nutrition is a part of our players' equipment. The information in Sport Nutrition for Coaches can help your athletes reach their goals. What they eat and drink as well as timing and quantity can translate to optimal performance, improved health, and career longevity.”
Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XLIII Champions
"Sport Nutrition for Coaches is essential reading for coaches at all levels in all sports. It's comprehensive yet easy to read. Leslie Bonci writes as if she's speaking directly to athletes and coaches or presenting at a clinic. The tables, charts, worksheets, examples, and coach's to do lists are great resources."
Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Florida
"Sport nutrition is a critical component of optimizing performance. Leslie Bonci's advice about what, when, and how much to eat and drink has helped my players to fuel well, live well, and play well."
Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Pittsburgh
About the Author
Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN is the director of sport nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a certified specialist of sport dietetics, and she has been working in the areas of sport nutrition and general nutrition for over 20 years. Bonci works with sport teams and athletes at all levels. Her work at the professional level includes consulting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also works with the athletic departments at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Texas at Austin and with 45 high school coaches and athletes. Bonci also works with Olympic athletes as a member of the USOC sport nutrition network.
In addition to working with these organizations, Bonci has been a featured speaker at several conferences, including the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the American Dietetic Association, and state coaches' meetings. She is a regular contributor to the Training and Conditioning Journal and has appeared on NBC's The Today Show.
In her spare time, Bonci enjoys running, weight training, and watching all levels of sporting events. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Frederick, and two sons, both of whom are athletes.