Chris Schwarz begins his eleventh season as the Senators' conditioning coach in 2019-20 after being named to the position on July 23, 2009. As conditioning coach, Schwarz prepares off-season training programs, runs in-season training, testing sessions, tests potential draft prospects and helps coordinate off-season development camps. He also works closely with the medical staff and the club's athletic therapists on rehabilitating injured players. A former head strength and conditioning coach of the Ottawa 67's and of the New York Islanders, Schwarz is the founder and president of Fitquest, a sports performance training and exercise rehabilitation company in Ottawa. A graduate of Halifax's Dalhousie University, Schwarz completed his bachelor of science in kinesiology degree in 1995. Chris and his wife, Denise, live in Ottawa with their children, Paris and Preston.