ELCO grad Steve Saunders found success with the Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WHTM) —ootball fans watched Steve Saunders on the sidelines as Bishop McDevitt watched his son Stone lead the Crusaders to a state championship in December.

“He got that dog in him,” Steve said of Stone. “He’s hungry to prove it to everyone. So it’s exciting to watch.”

But Steve spends most of his time on a different sideline, as the strength and conditioning coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

“These guys are really elite athletes,” Steve said of his role with the Crows, “and if you can just tweak the remaining five or 10 percent and make it much better, it can be very impactful for the whole team.”

Steve has coached with the Ravens for the past seven seasons, working under Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh.

“When you come here, the mentality is it’s time to practice, time to play football, time to train, time to take care of yourself and recover no matter what,” Steve said. “Come to the facility every day and prepare to be better.”

Steve’s love of soccer began playing for ELCO in Lebanon County, and followed it into his college career at Millersville University.

“[Playing football] Myself, you end up gravitating toward [the game]Steve said. And then you say, well, if I’m going to do it, I want to be really good at it. So I want to learn a lot about things out of the box, [things] This is not usually how things go. [I wanted to know] What is good, what is not good, [and] What tools can I add to the toolbox?

Long before he became an NFL coach, his interest in strength and conditioning began by coaching professional athletes on a one-on-one basis.

In 2001 Steve turned his training over to his company, Power Train. In the past 22 years, Power Train has expanded to 16 locations across the Mid-Atlantic in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia.

“After building my company, bringing it on has become even more fun [my knowledge] inside [to the Ravens]Steve said about translating his business experience into the NFL. “It’s not just 10-20 players from a team, [but] to be able to take advantage of it [my training] With the whole team.”

It’s all about a solid foundation for the Saunders family. or Stone, it earned him a state title ring last December. or Steve, his quest for a Super Bowl ring will continue in 2023.

Steve and his wife, Emily, have five children: Lily (23 years old, William and Mary field hockey), Morgan (21 years old, Shippensburg field hockey), Logan (19 years old, Shippensburg football), Stone (Class of 2025, Bishop McDevitt) and Major. Storm (12).