Golden Gopher Strength and Conditioning
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.
Golden Gopher Strength and Conditioning Staff
Gopher Strength & Conditioning
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.