Eric Klein is the head strength and conditioning coach for University of Minnesota football. A Minnesota native, Klein has been coaching with head coach Jerry Kill since 1994.
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. During Klein's three years at NIU, student-athletes in all sports made significant strides in strength, agility and endurance which positively impacted their competitive performances.
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 is married to the former Allison Temple and they havetwo daughters, Taegan and Torin.
THE KLEIN FILE
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
Certifications Strength and Conditioning Specialist - National Strength and Conditioning Association USA Weightlifting Club Coach - USA Weightlifting Speed and Explosion - National Association of Speed and Explosion
College M.Ed., Emporia State, 2000 B.A., Carleton College, 1993