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College Strength Profile of the Week: The University of Minnesota

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College Strength Profile of the Week:  The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Strength & Conditioning Program

Website: http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8400&KEY=&ATCLID=1138666
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Feb 1

Program Specifics: The University of Minnesota

Name: The University of Minnesota
Private or Public: Public University
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mascot: Golden Gophers (Gopher)
Size: ~66,099 in 2007 (40,572 undergraduate & 25,527 graduate students)
Director of Strength and Conditioning: Bob Rohde
Program Overview: Click Here

Overview: Founded in 1851, The University of Minnesota, one of the nation's most most respected research institutions, is a member of the Big 10 athletic conference. Minnesota, the 2007-08 Big 10 champions in women's cross country, women's swimming & diving and women's indoor track and field, finished 28th in the 2007-08 Sports Academy Director's Cup rankings of the top Division 1 collegiate athletic programs in the country. With 11 men's varsity athletic teams and 12 women's varsity athletic programs, Minnesota fields one of the most diverse athletic programs in the nation. Keep an eye on the Minnesota athletic program. If the this year's performance of the women's soccer program (Co-Big 10 regular season champions with a record of 20-3-0) is a sign of things to come, athletics at Minnesota are going to be making headlines in both conference and national play for years to come.

Bob Rohde, Minnesota's Director of Strength & Conditioning, joined the University's ranks in 1979 as the school's first strength coach. Thus, Bob literally built the product that we see today. Bob's staff consists of some of the most knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches in the country. Further, the length of time several staff members have been with the University is a testament to the belief in the program that they've developed.

Cal Dietz has been with the University of Minnesota since 2000. Cal is the Head Olympic Strength & Conditioning Coach for several Olympic sports. In addition, as a founder and Chair of the Sports Biomechanics Interest Group, Cal is heavily involved in research as it relates to human performance.

Sara Wiley, who works with numerous sports ranging from women's basketball to women's swimming and diving, has been with the Minnesota since 1994. She is one of only two women in the last 40 years to be honored as a National Strength Coaches Association coach of the year. She was so honored for the 2007-08 season.

Dave Schueller brings 18-years of strength & conditioning experience, at virtually every level of sports, to the University of Minnesota. He's been at UM for 5 years and is currently the assistant director of strength & conditioning for Olympic sports.

Mark Hill is the newest addition to the Gopher staff. The 2007-08 season was his first at UM. As the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for football, Mark brings his experience coaching multiple All-American and NFL draft picks (during his 3 years at the University of Oklahoma) and leadership experience as the Associate Director of Performance and Enhancement at Arizona. It will be interesting to watch Mark's strength & conditioning philosophy translate to the field as the Gopher's continue to fight to regain the top spot in the Big 10.

Rounding out the current staff are Will Peoples, Mike Malone, Kevin Kocos and Kelly Spriggs. Check out the UM website for more information on their impressive backgrounds and contributions to the University of Minnesota Strength & Conditioning program.

In the future, keep an eye out for University of Minnesota sports. With the above noted staff, fantastic facilities and solid recruiting, UM athletics is sure to grow in prominence on the national stage.

Click for an overview of the University of Minnesota athletic program.

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