January 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The spring semester has begun and the training is back in action! Coach Maxwell and Coach Dinkelman finished out winter break hosting the West Branch Middle School Kinesiology class’ visit to the Olympic weight room. Additionally, we are excited to have our volunteer coaches for the spring semester; Hunter Barnard, Nathan Ludwig, Cole Moore, Kris Tiedt, Josh Wilken, and the returning Ryan Renken and Thomas Lang. Our interns have started the internship with an exercise progression curriculum led by Coach Walrod. They will be presenting their exercise progressions to the full time staff in the upcoming weeks.
Christmas pictures

December 2019

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Fall 2019 was a semester full of growth, quality training, and great competition. The staff enjoyed the first ever Sport Performance Forum led by a sport coach, Robin Lund. The Assistant Baseball (Pitching) Coach’s presentation was titled, “Using Sport Science as the Foundation for Sport Coaches”. We are excited to see what 2020 brings! Happy Holiday and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

November 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019
The Strength & Conditioning staff had a busy month filled with competition, training, and education. The interns had a curriculum session about Simple-Systems Science. Additionally, a Sport Performance Forum was held. Coach Roberts led the discussion by presenting on Flywheel Training (What it is and where it fits). It was a great opportunity for all sport performance staff members to hear about our new tool in Strength & Conditioning. We have committed to implementing flywheel training at a team level. Congratulations to Volleyball on their competitive season, Cross Country on their individual NCAA Championship appearance, Women’s Soccer on their NCAA Championship appearance, and Field Hockey on their Regular Season Big Ten Champion title; Big Ten Tournament Champion title, and NCAA Elite 8 appearance. Good luck to our winter sports!

October 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Olympic Strength & Conditioning staff finishes another month full of solid training and educational forums. Our Sport Psychologist within the Sport Performance Group, Aubrette Kinne, led the October Sports Performance Forum presenting on Mental Health Care Overview & EAP at Iowa. Coach Walrod led both intern curriculums of the month on Velocity Based Training and Goal Setting. Good luck to the Iowa Hawkeyes who are heading into tournament time of their fall seasons!

September 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019
September flew by with the resumption of training, intern progressions, and our fall sports taking off into their season. Good luck to Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Cross Country, and Field Hockey during their Big Ten competition! Coach Dinkelman is participating in the Executive Leadership Academy within University Iowa Human Resources. The intensive nine-month academy develops and enhances participant core competencies essential for effective, agile, and innovative leadership. Coach Walrod has become an Instructor for the Biomechanics of Sport & Physical Activity course in the undergraduate Health & Human Physiology Program. Coach Roberts continues his education within the Health & Human Physiology undergraduate program taking on a different course for the fall, Metabolic Exercise Testing/Prescription.

August 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019
The Strength & Conditioning staff kicks off the Fall semester with a productive week of training and development. We are excited to welcome back our student-athletes to another great year of improvement! Coach Walrod and Coach Roberts finished the summer attending the Exxentric High Performance Clinic in Illinois. Coach Evans presented at the clinic as well, his presentation was titled, Using Data to Promote Collaboration & Improved Outcomes. Additionally, we added two new volunteer coaches, Coach Ryan Renken from North Scott, Iowa and Coach Taylor LaJeunesse from Taylorsville, Utah. Coach Thomas Lang from Fort Dodge, Iowa and Coach Tahsin Khataei from Sanandaj, Iran return as volunteer coaches for another semester.