Eric Klein
Eric  Klein

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alma Mater:
Carleton College (1993)


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Eric Klein is in his sixth year as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Minnesota football program. A Minnesota native, Klein has been on a staff with head coach Tracy Claeys since 1995.

During Klein's tenure at Minnesota, football student-athletes have made significant strides in strength, agility and endurance which have positively impacted their competitive performances.

For three years prior to joining the Gopher staff, Klein served as the Director of Sports Performance at Northern Illinois, where he oversaw sports performance for all 17 sports.

Klein coached at Southern Illinois from 2001-07. During his time at Southern Illinois, Klein designed the strength and conditioning programs for the five-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion Saluki men's basketball team and the three-time Gateway Conference Champion football team. Klein also helped design a new strength and conditioning center while he was at Southern Illinois.

Prior to taking on the strength and conditioning program, Klein coached the defensive line at SIU in 2000 and 2001. Klein coached the defensive line and implemented the strength and conditioning program at Emporia (Kan.) State from 1999-2000. He began his coaching career at Saginaw Valley State in 1994, where he designed and created the strength and conditioning program. He also served as an assistant football and track and field coach at Saginaw Valley.

Klein is a member of and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting and the National Association of Speed and Explosion. He is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Klein holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and graduated from Apple Valley High School. He holds a master's degree from Emporia State.

Klein and his wife Allison have two daughters, Taegan and Torin

Coaching Experience
2011-present: Minnesota - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
2008-10: Northern Illinois - Director of Sports Performance
2001-07: Southern Illinois - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
2000-01: Southern Illinois - Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line
1999-00: Emporia State - Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Line
1994-99: Saginaw Valley State - Strength and Conditioning/Assistant Football Coach/Assistant Track and Field Coach

Playing Experience
Carleton (Minn.) College - football/track and field

Strength and Conditioning Specialist - National Strength and Conditioning Association
USA Weightlifting Club Coach - USA Weightlifting
Speed and Explosion - National Association of Speed and Explosion

M.Ed., Emporia State, 2000
B.A., Carleton College, 1993

High School
Apple Valley (Minn.), 1989


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