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Connors Adds Kolb, Tate To ECU Strength And Conditioning Staff

ECU reports:


GREENVILLE, N.C. - Tanner Kolb and Robert Tate have been named assistant strength and conditioning coaches at East Carolina University, according to an announcement from assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning Jeff Connors.

Owning a multitude of professional experience in various facets of the field, Kolb most recently served as the head strength and conditioning coach and adjunct professor in the exercise science department at Waynesburg (Pa.) University since 2008. He was responsible for implementing sport-specific programs, taking into consideration all dimensions of athletic ability and injury prevention.

Kolb turned in two stints as a prep strength and conditioning coach at Perry (Okla.) High School in the summer of 2004 as well as Petoskey and Charlevoix High Schools in Petoskey, Mich., from 2006 to 2008. There, he contributed time at Northern Michigan Sports Medicine while lecturing and directing powerlifting and strongman competitions. Kolb also coached an athlete who finished second at the United States Men's Powerlifting Championships.

He also spent three years as a fitness specialist at the Stillwater (Okla.) Medical Center and Total Health teaching Olympic lifting techniques, instructing group exercise classes, supervising and judging the weightlifting portion of the Pioneer Senior Olympics and lecturing at summer camps.

Kolb began his career in 2003 as a volunteer in the Oklahoma State University athletic weight room, working primarily with the football, wrestling, softball and equestrian squads.

Owning a number of certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, USA Track and Field, and the American Heart Association, Kolb earned a bachelor's degree in sports and exercise science from Messiah (Pa.) College where he served as a three-year captain for the wrestling squad. He followed by completing requirements for a master's degree in applied exercise physiology education at Oklahoma State.

Kolb has had his works published in numerous industry-associated publications, including The Sport Journal, Journal of Applied Ergonomics and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Tate, who earned three letters as a defensive back for East Carolina from 1991-93 under Bill Lewis and Steve Logan, joins the Pirate staff after spending the last two years working under Connors' guidance as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of North Carolina.

His most recent stint in Chapel Hill marked the third of his career, as Tate also worked with the Tar Heel program as an assistant from 2002-04 and 2006-07. While at UNC, he was responsible for designing year-round programs for the football and women's basketball teams, assisting with clinics, scheduling all weight room activities and developing the strength and conditioning departmental budget.

Tate was hired as head football and track and field coach at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., in 2004 after serving as the Buccaneers' defensive backs coach, head strength and conditioning coach and head women's track and field coach in 2001 and 2002. He also spent time as an assistant for the football and track and field programs at nearby Hoggard High School from 1997 to 2001.

Prior to his third and final assignment with the Tar Heels, Tate earned a position as defensive backs coach at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga., where he also served as an assistant in the strength and conditioning department. While there, he helped create in- and out-of-season programs for the football and basketball teams as well as contributing time at various area clinics.

Tate earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with concentrations in teaching and exercise science from UNC Wilmington after transferring from East Carolina with course credits in nutrition.

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