John Whitesides

John Whitesides out as Bruins' strength and conditioning coach, transitions to community role

DJ Bean
September 08, 2016 - 9:40 am
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BRIGHTON -- John Whitesides will no longer serve as the Bruins' strength and conditioning coach, Cam Neely confirmed to WEEI.com Thursday. Whitesides, who has been with the Bruins for 15 years, will transition to a role that sees him head up a community fitness program through the Bruins, while Mike Macchioni will take over as Boston's strength and conditioning coach. Neely said that the shakeup was Whiteside's decision, and that he asked to transition out of his longtime role and into the burgeoning "B Fit" program. "John had approached us last year about an idea he had to get more involved in the community, getting out there in schools and maybe firehouses to show them the proper way to train and work out," Neely told WEEI.com. "This summer, he had asked if there was an opportunity to transition to the community relations and foundation. It's an area that he was looking forward to jumping into. We said, 'If that's what you want to do,' we ended up creating this opportunity for him." Neely added the the team has also hired two additional physical therapists as they look to strengthen their overall program. Prior to coming to the Bruins, Whitesides served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Boston College's men's hockey and women's basketball. He became something of a fan favorite with Bruins fans in recent seasons, as he was frequently shown barking at his players with expletive-laced speeches on NESN's "Behind the B." Macchioni has worked with the Bruins for a number of years, serving as the Providence Bruins' strength and conditioning coach in recent seasons and also acting as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the B's. Prior to that, the Warwick, R.I. native was a strength and conditioning coach for Providence College. Macchioni was on hand for this summer's development camp, as he had been in previous years. "He's always been helping out at development camp," Neely said. "He's worked with Providence, so our group knows him pretty well. He's excited about the opportunity."