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Husker Power - Strength & Conditioning
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
04/01/2016
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"The Birthplace of Strength and Conditioning for Collegiate Athletics."

For five decades, Nebraska Athletics has reinforced its sterling reputation of innovation in Strength and Conditioning. Nebraska was the first NCAA school to have a paid strength and conditioning coach, the first to lift weights in-season, the first to hold an official summer conditioning class for student-athletes and the first to offer a degree for strength coaching. The National Strength and Conditioning Association was founded at Nebraska and has since become the nation's largets strength and conditioning research association.

A complete history of the Nebraska Strength and Conditioning program can be see here. The Husker Power staff works with Husker student-athletes and teaches proper strength and conditioning techniques, allowing them to perform their best.

Nebraska Strength and Conditioning utilizes the Myers Performance Center, Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center, Alloy Strength Complex, and the Hendricks Training Complex weight room to serve the school's student-athletes. The Nebraska Strength and Conditioning program provides Husker student-athletes with the finest training facilities in the nation. 

Strength and Conditioning Performance Stduent-Athlete Support Services

  • Twelve full-time Strength and Conditioning coaches work with student-athletes to achieve maximum performance potential and to prevent injuries.
  • All student-athletes have access to the most advanced strength equipment and training atmospheres possible in our modern facilities that span three locations:  The Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center in the Myers Performance Center; the Alloy Strength Complex; and the Hendricks Training Complex.
  • Strength and Conditioning coaches create training programs for student-athletes based on biomechanical and metabolically sound science.
  • Nebraska Athletics uses Catapult GPS units to monitor student-athlete physical exertion and movement. The number of GPS units rented (65) are used by sports programs and researchers in the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory.


Sample Workouts

Football - Development Program Baseball - Exercises
Football - In Season Program Baseball - Summer Conditioning
Football - Summer Program  

University of Nebraska Strength and Conditioning Staff

Boyd Epley

Assistant A.D. - Strength and Conditioning

Mike Arthur

Director of Strength & Conditioning
Performance Research & Bowling

Karen Cook

Husker Power Administrative Assistant

Tom & Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex

Mark Philipp

Head Football Strength Coach

Jamie Belt

Assistant Football Strength Coach

Andrew Ervin

Assistant Football Strength Coach

Clete McLeod

Assistant Football Strength Coach

Hendricks Center

Tim Wilson

Men's Basketball Strength Coach

Rusty Ruffcorn

Women's Basketball and Swimming & Diving Strength Coach

Jon Pfeifer

Wrestling Strength Coach

Alloy Complex

Lauren Harris

Assistant Director - Strength and Conditioning & Softball

Brian Kmitta

Track and Volleyball Strength Coach

Lucas Novotny

Baseball and Soccer Strength Coach

Chelsea Barr

Cross Country, Assistant Volleyball, Assistant Track & Field Strength Coach

Dan Ridenour

Women's Gymnastics Strength Coach
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