NEW YORK GIANTS
Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Meet the Mentor
Pratik Patel is the Giants’ Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is entering his 4th year with the team and is currently the longest tenured coach on the coaching staff. He is a pioneer in sports as one of the first in the country to hold dual primary full time roles and also the first south Asian and minority on a professional coaching staff in this capacity.
Prior to his arrival at the Giants Pratik worked over 7 years at the collegiate level at Kansas State, Michigan State, and the University of Oregon where he had the opportunity to build, grow, and integrate sports nutrition departments from the ground up and worked with numerous championship winning teams across a number of sports with a heavy emphasis on football and basketball.
Pratik is originally from Shawnee, Kansas and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Master’s in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, where he also acted as the Sports Dietitian for the Men’s Basketball team and conducted one of the first High Intensity Functional Training (HIFT) studies which has since spawned a growth of research at Kansas State in the Functional Intensity Training lab in a number of different populations including the US Army. He began his career in sports as an intern learning from the staff at the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and at the University of Kansas.
Patel is a Registered Dietitian and board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).