Husker Power – Nebraska Strength and Conditioning Timeline

August 15, 1969

·         Nebraska became the first school in the Big Eight Conference to hire a Strength Coach.

·         Athletes began strength and performance testing for the first time.

·         Nebraska became one of the first schools in history to lift weights during the season.


September 27, 1969

·         Husker Power celebrated the first win in football with a 14-0 win over Texas A&M.

·         Nebraska’s current national-record string of bowl games began.


1970

·         A “school record board” was established for football players.

·         Nebraska began a string of Top Ten rankings that lasted twenty years.

·         Nebraska won the National Championship in football.


1971

·         Nebraska won the National Championship in football.


October 16, 1972

·         A weekly newsletter was started titled, “The Lifting News.”


December 11, 1972

·         Freshman Bob Martin donated Nebraska’s first weight room radio.


June 7, 1978

·         A summer conditioning class was started for football.


July 29, 1978

·         The National Strength and Conditioning Association was founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Boyd Epley. Bob Devaney was the featured speaker with Husker All-American tackle Kelvin Clark providing the singing entertainment.


September 29, 1978

·         Husker Power celebrated 100 wins in football with a 42-17 victory against Penn State.


1979

·         Nebraska became the first school to offer a degree for Strength Coaching.

·         Nebraska’s weight room added air conditioning for the first time, thanks to a donation by Stan Wentz.

·         Boyd Epley directed AMF in design of the first-ever “Hip Sled”.


1980

·         Nebraska became the first school to take a portable weight room to a bowl game.

·         Nebraska became the first school in the country to have a National Strength Coach of the Year.

·         Nebraska became the first school in the country to have lifting programs computerized for each individual using the strength disk developed by Mike Arthur.


1981

·         The West Stadium Strength Complex was completed. With 13,300 square feet, it was the largest weight room in the world at the time.

·         Nebraska became the first school to have color balanced lights installed throughout the weight room for television.


1983

·         Nebraska became the first school in the country to have an Outland Award winner three years in a row and the first to have a two-time winner.

·         Nebraska became the first school in the country to produce 10 Outland, Lombardi, or Heisman Trophy winners.


1984

·         Wm C. Brown published, “Dynamic Strength Training for Athletes”, by Boyd Epley.


1985

·         Nebraska became the first school to have the Performance Index and Strength Index developed with help from Dr. Chris Eskridge.


1988

·         The Strength Complex was expanded to 30,000 square feet, and Husker Power worked out of a trailer during construction of the expanded weight room.

·         Husker Power celebrated 200 wins in football with a 7-3 victory over Oklahoma.


1990

·         Nebraska added a computerized electronic 40-yard dash timer and scoreboard with Performance Index Points in the Cook Pavilion.


1991

·         Mike Arthur released the 10 Principles of Performance


1993

·         Boyd Epley was named Assistant Athletic Director of the Nebraska Athletic Department.

·         Bill Byrne, Athletic Director, allowed Boyd Epley to create the Performance Team, which combined the Nutrition Program with the Strength and Conditioning Program.

·         Boyd Epley was named to the National Hall of Fame with the Lyell Bremser Merit Award.

·         Husker Power started using metabolic circuit training as an advanced lifting program.


1994

·         Dave Ellis was hired as the Coordinator of Nutrition, completing the Performance Team.

·         Husker Power worked with Hammer Strength to create the Hammer Jammer.


1995

·         Mike Arthur was named the National Strength and Conditioning Coach-of-the-Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coach’s Association.

·         Husker Power worked with Rick Lewis to create the Husker Power Rack.

·         The Husker Power website went online at www.huskerpower.net under the direction of Danny Noonan.


1996

·         Courtney Carter became the first full-time female strength coach at Nebraska.


1998

·         Nebraska became the only school to have two full-time nutrition staff members when Lisa Kopecky was hired.

·         Husker Power celebrated 300 wins in football with a 24-3 victory over California. (Head Coach Frank Solich presented the game ball to Boyd Epley)

·         Human Kinetics published “Complete Conditioning for Football”, by Mike Arthur and Bryan Bailey.


1999

·         Boyd Epley was named one of the top 100 persons to most influence college football in the 20th century by Lindy’s National Football Annual.


2003

·         Boyd Epley was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Performance and Facilities Development.

·         Mike Arthur was promoted to Director of Performance

·         Bryan Bailey was promoted to Head Strength Coach for Football in June, until Dave Kennedy was hired by Coach Bill Callahan.


2004

·         Dave Kennedy returns to Nebraska as Head Strength Coach. Dave was a student strength coach for the Huskers from 1982-1988 before going to Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

2006

·         Nebraska’s weight room moved from the West Stadium Strength Complex to the Charles and Romona Myers Performance Center, located inside the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex on the north end of Memorial Stadium.

·         The new Strength Complex is more than 40 percent larger than the Huskers’ previous weight room and is just steps away from the Athletic Medicine Center, locker room, and the NU indoor practice facility in the Hawks Championship Center.


2008

·         James Dobson comes to Nebraska as Head Strength Coach. James was an Assistant Strength Coach at the University of Iowa for nine years prior to coming to Nebraska.


2009

·         Ndamukong Suh donates $2 million to renovate the strength complex, which is now called the Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center.


2010

·         Members of the University of Nebraska Strength and Conditioning Staff work with Elite Form to engineer Strength Planner and Power Tracker technology.

·         Strength coaches at Nebraska begin extensive biomarkers analysis among student-athletes. It is the first program of research of its kind.


2011

·         University of Nebraska Strength and Conditioning coaches work with UNL Academics to orchestrate design and programming for the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory.

·         Strength coaches at Nebraska reinitiate development of the First Strike product.


2012

·         James Dobson is named a master Strength Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

·         Members of the University of Nebraska Strength Staff pioneer a UNL Biomarkers Strategic Research Initiative, which includes securing $200,000 in grant funding to build a state-of-the-art biomarkers laboratory on the UNL campus.


2013

·         Chad Wade is named Master Strength Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

·         University of Nebraska Strength and Conditioning coaches work with Elite Form to design Wallboard technology.

·         The Nebraska strength staff works with Dr. Courtney McCashland to create the Student-Athlete Psychological Assessment SHOWCASE.