Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Fortunately, the Iowa Athletic Department has allowed the return of some of our student-athletes. This has enabled a handful of our Olympic Strength and Conditioning staff to return and train their respective teams. Though, the other half of the staff is patiently waiting to get back, we have remained productive collaboratively. Our staff continues to participate in zoom meetings with sport coaches, sport performance staff, and professionals around the country. Additionally, we have partook in numerous crucial conversations regarding the Black Lives Matter Movement aspiring to educate ourselves. Our staff is committed to creating an environment grounded in justice and equality for our Black student-athletes. We understand this needs to be an ongoing conversation and are committed to standing by and for our student-athletes!
Monday, June 1, 2020
The Olympic Staff’s productivity during the month was filled with numerous staff meetings, webinars, educational forums, and conferences via zoom. As of recently, we have been hard at work planning and discussing our department’s return to campus. This has been through collaborative conversation between our staff, our administration, athletic training, sports medicine, and sport coaches. Ultimately, working to maintain the safest environment for both our student-athletes and staff members. We are eager to return to campus to continue our efforts towards the betterment of our student-athletes! Congrats to all of our student-athletes on finishing up the spring semester & of course a huge congratulations to our graduating seniors - class of 2020, we are so proud - Go Hawks!
Friday, May 1, 2020
Working from home has been a productive transition for our Olympic Strength and Conditioning Staff. We have participated in countless zoom meetings within our staff, sport psychology, sport assignments, and other universities around the nation! We recently chatted with Florida State regarding force plates and other Big Ten Universities about various performance topics. Check out Coach Robert’s new article titled, From Journals to Touch Screens – Is S&C Programming Software Taking Over?. - https://simplifaster.com/articles/strength-conditioning-programming-software/ Lastly, we wanted to congratulate our 2019-2020 Iowa Athletes of the Year, Luka Garza with Men’s Basketball & Katie Birch with Field Hockey.
Monday, April 6, 2020
The month of March was filled with some amazing student-athlete moments! What a time to be an Iowa Hawkeye. Our staff wants to announce a congratulations to the following; Luka Garza - Men’s Basketball: recipient of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, Big Ten Player of the Year, Wooden Award All-America Recognition, Pete Newell Big Man of the Year, Consensus First-Team All-American, USWBA First-Team All America, Associate Press First-Team All-America, Times National Player of the Year, Stadium National Player of the Year, Naismith Finalist, Sporting News First-Team All-American, CBS Sports/NBC Sports, and USA Today First-Team All-American Kathleen Doyle - Women’s Basketball: Big Ten Player of the Year, WBCA All-American, WBCA All-Region Team, USBWA Third Team All-America, Associated Press Third Team All-American, 1 of 5 Ann Meyers Drysdale Finalists, and CoSIDA Academic All-American Spencer Lee - Wrestling: recipient of the Dan Hodge Award and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year Wrestling: Big Ten Champions and Head Coach Tom Brands recipient of the NWCA, InterMat and Big Ten Coach of the Year Laulauga Tausaga - Track & Field: named Midwest Regional Female Field Athlete of the Year and Track and Field Athletes of the 2020 Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning gold in the weight throw and runner-up in the shot put Wayne Lawerence - Track & Field: Track and Field Athletes of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning Gold in the 200m, 400m, and 4x400m relay Swimming & Diving: named 6 CSCAA All-Americans - Hannah Burvill, Kelsey Drake, Daniel Swanepoel, Anze Fers Erzen, Sam Tamborski, and Mohammad Neumen Lauren Guerin- Women’s Gymnastics: named 2020 WGCA All-America second team on floor Joslyn Boyer - Volleyball: selected for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team - Anaheim roster Nia Carter - Softball: named to JWOS All-Freshman Team The Men’s Tennis team who finished their season with their highest ranking in program history (#20) consisting of Kareem Allaf, ranked #51 in singles and doubles team Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo at #12 Isabella Solaroli and Megan Conroy - Field Hockey: named NFHCA Scholars of Distinction along with 9 other of their teammates named to National Academic Squad Head Coach Andrew Carter - Rowing: selected to be the USRowing U-23 National Team Head Coach We have so much appreciation for the student-athlete and coaches we serve. Thank you for your hard work. Due to unforeseen events from COVID-19 we continue our efforts to support and care for our student-athletes. We will remain united, strong, and supportive of our community and student-athletes. Go Hawks!
Monday, March 2, 2020
The Olympic strength and Conditioning staff was excited to make more additions in the Isoinertial training department by installing upright pulley flywheel systems. The staff was also involved in the monthly Sport Performance forum, led by Terry Noonan, Director of the Sport Performance Department titled, NCAA: Enhancing a Culture of Safety in College Athletics. Our very own, Coach Renteria spoke at a University of Iowa Sports Medicine clinic for college and high school soccer coaches regarding injury mitigation and load management for soccer players. Additionally, Coach Renteria led a curriculum for the interns regarding programming within the weight room. Our interns began their exercise progressions on both squat and deadlift.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.