Golden Gopher Strength and Conditioning

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The overall mission of the Gopher Strength and Conditioning staff is to improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury by providing safe and effective training programs and facilities.

All programs including weight training, plyometrics, medicine ball training and ground based triple extension exercised are designed to improve each athlete's overall functional strength and power.

Gopher Strength and Conditioning utilizes several different types of agility and quickness drills to improve an athlete's ability to change direction.

Each athlete's oveall speed is increased through teaching proper running mechanics as well as strength training, power development and improving core strength.

Gopher Strength and Conditioning plays close attention to one of the most overlooked aspects of improving athletic performance. Several types of routines including dynamic, static and hurdle mobility are used to increase flexibility.

Nutrition plays a major role in the development of athletic performance. Each athlete is provided professional guidance on nutrition as well as dietary supplementation.

Golden Gopher Strength and Conditioning Staff

Gopher Strength & Conditioning
103 Bierman Building
516 15th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, Minn. 55455

Wiley Klein Pearson
Bob Rohde Cal Dietz Sara Wiley Eric Klein Chad Pearson
Shea Thompson
Shea Thompson Dustin Perry Ben Schumacher Shaun Brown Jamia Jackson
Tad Johnson Dave Schueller Daniel Warnke    

Bob Rohde • Email

Bob Rohde joined the University of Minnesota athletics staff in 1979 as the Golden Gophers' first Strength Coach and director of the Gold Country weight-training staff. As director of the Minnesota strength program, Rohde supervises the strength and conditioning program for the wrestling and men's tennis teams as well as coordinating the strength programs for the entire athletic department. He also oversees the operation of all three department weight rooms in the Bierman Field Athletic Building, Mariucci Arena, and Ridder Arena.

Rohde is a man of many hats. He also works as an assistant to the athletics director and is also in charge of the Wheel Club, which provides automobiles for members of the athletics department.

A Watertown Wis. Native and a graduate of Watertown High School, Rohde played football at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's from Winona State in 1972.

Before his time at Minnesota, Rohde taught and coached at high schools in Stevens Point and Oshkosh in his native state of Wisconsin. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1972-78) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1978-79).

Rohde and his wife Nancy reside in Mahtomedi.

Cal Dietz • Email

Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.

Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance. Utilizing through a collaborative effort which involving numerous professional perspectives from diverse areas of academia such also include professionals from Mechanical engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Orthopedics, and Physiology. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.

During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. He is no stranger to Minnesota athletics after serving as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree. During this time Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a Majority of Olympic Sports.

The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at the University of Findlay Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. Highlights of his career was earning 2 All-American honors in Football and winning the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling. In 1995 he received the NAIA College Sports Magazine Athlete of the year and was inducted into the University's of Findlay's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dietz married Karyn Bye, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in 1998 and silver medal in 2002. The couple resides in Hudson, Wis., with their daughter, Tatum Lynn Born in May 2003 and Brody Michael born July 2005. Cal also contributes and writes articles for Cal Dietz can be e-mailed at

Sara Wiley • Email

Sara Wiley began working for the University of Minnesota in 1994 and is currently an associate director. She was recently named the 2007-08 National Strength Coach of the Year. Sara is only the second woman to be given this prestigious award in the 40 year history of the National Strength Coaches Association. She graduated from the University of Evansville in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She received a Masters of Science in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 1995. She is responsible for Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Rowing, Women's Swimming, and Men's and Women's Diving.

Dave Schueller • Email

Dave Schueller is in his sixth year as strength and conditioning coach for the University of Minnesota athletic department and his Fifth year as assistant director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports. He assists in the daily operation of the weight room. His primary responsibilities include implementing strength and conditioning programs for Women's Rowing (Varsity and Novice) Women's swimming and Men's and Women's diving, Women's basketball, Men's Gymnastics as well as all other Olympic Sports.

Entering his 18th year as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Schueller has worked at many levels in athletics including the NFL, Division I and Division III and in the private sector as a performance enhancement specialist training high school, collegiate, professional and olympic athletes. Dave has also spoken on many aspects of strength and conditioning at various clinics around the country.

Schueller is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA weightlifting, National Academy of Sports medicine, He is also a member of Minnesota's Governors council on Physical Activity and Sport and is CPR and First Aid certified with the American Heart Association. Schueller holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science.

Eric Klein • Email

Eric Klein is in his second season as the head strength and conditioning coach for University of Minnesota football. A Minnesota native, Klein has been coaching with head coach Jerry Kill for the past 18 years.

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 have a daughter, Taegan.

Chad Pearson • Email

Chad Pearson was named assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Gopher football program in December, 2010. Pearson comes to Minnesota after two years as the Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Northern Illinois University.

In his two years at NIU, Pearson worked primarily with women's basketball, football, baseball and softball.

His previous experience includes work as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois University and also at NIU while finishing up his master's degree in kinesiology.He earned his master's degree from Southern Illinois in 2009.

A 2006 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Chad was a two sport athlete while playing tailback for the Beaver football team and a sprinter on the track team. He earned all-conference honors on both the gridiron and the track.

The native of Polk City, Iowa is a graduate of North Polk High School in Alleman, Iowa.

Chad is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and also a member of USAW as a USAW Sports Performance Coach. He is also an international level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor.

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