The University of Iowa Strength & Conditioning

Hawkeyes In the Field

Check out where former Hawkeye Olympic Strength & Conditioning interns have moved on to and hear about their experience at Iowa.


Chris Lowe: Director of Strength & Conditioning, University of Illinois-Springfield

“There are no words to describe my gratitude to Coach Maxwell and the University of Iowa’s Olympic Strength and Conditioning Department. The experience from the internship program is unlike any other in the country. Their multi-disciplined approach develops interns not only into great coaches, but future leaders in the strength and conditioning world. I was fortunate enough to develop a strong relationship with my fellow interns, as well as the coaching staff. It is rare to have a position where you are excited to go to work everyday. My passion for becoming a collegiate strength and conditioning coach grew everyday because I was surrounded by those who had the same passion as me. I would recommend this program for anyone who is looking to grow their career to their fullest abilities. By far, the University of Iowa’s Olympic Strength and Conditioning is the best thing to ever happen to me and my career.” 


Bryant Ferate: Assistant Director of Sports Performance, University of Portland

"The University of Iowa’s Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning internship has provided me with experiences that have molded and assisted me in my growth as a professional. Not only did this experience support me in becoming a better coach; I was blessed to be mentored by five Strength and Conditioning professionals that truly care about the intern’s development, not only as a coach but as a person.”


A.J. Kloss: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Kansas State University

"I consider my experience working as an intern for the University of Iowa Olympic Strength and Conditioning program to be invaluable. Before entering the internship, I had minimal experience coaching and lacked confidence in my abilities. I was given a great opportunity to grow and progress as a coach while being continually challenged by the staff. I was mentored and educated in multiple facets of strength and conditioning, from training theory and programming to professional development and presentation. I was given chances to lead groups, develop interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and develop a "presence" on the floor while coaching various sized groups. I was also able to work with advanced sports performance technology and learn about its proper implementation. This internship program provided me the training, tools and confidence needed to take my career to the next level. It also allowed me to develop relationships with several coaches, strength and sport, to create a network I will carry throughout my career. I could not have asked for a better experience."


Daniel Kant-Hull: Assistant Director of Sports Performance, Marquette University

"I consider my internship at the University of Iowa to be the corner stone to my career in strength & conditioning. I learned the necessary skills that bridged a gap between classroom and practical world applications of working with athletes and teams. Starting day one the standards were set high with an expectation of excellence in every category of the internship. One of the first tasks was coaching progressions where we used other interns as mock athletes and would teach them how to perform various exercises while the coaching staff would critique how we taught. This was an invaluable experience as it allowed whoever was teaching to learn more about their own individual coaching style, how to control a room, where the best place was to view everything, and how to be a more effective coach while doing it at an appropriate pace. Many mistakes were made during this process but each time areas of improvement were addressed and further practiced again until the tasks could be performed to a standard that was befitting of working with the student-athletes. Next task was educational readings with at least one of the staff members. During this process, research articles would be read and their contents discussed. This was an opportunity to bridge the gap between what research is saying and how to make it applicable in a training environment.

Towards the end of the internship came the development of a resume/cover letter, portfolio creation, mock interviews, and ultimately placement. Items covered in the resume/cover letter where based on what was being looked for in a position, how to come across as positive, and how to best represent yourself when displaying a body of work to someone else. In addition, there were mock interviews that were performed whether by phone calls or in person. These were performed with the utmost attention to detail. At the end of the process we were again critiqued and given ways to represent ourselves to the maximum of our abilities and experiences. The final task was placement, at which the staff worked tirelessly to make sure that each intern was placed in an area where they could further develop or continue on with their career. Countless phone calls and emails where sent with the purpose of helping interns continue on their path.

I credit my internship at the University of Iowa as the reason I was job ready and did indeed receive a full time job upon completion of my time there. The learning, guidance, exposure to different styles and systems ensure that anyone who applies themselves while interning there will bring excellence to wherever they end up. To this day I still consider the staff at the University of Iowa to be some of the best mentors available. I continue to converse with them whenever possible whether it be to ask advice or just to simple talk shop." 


Mark Jamison: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“My internship with the University of Iowa Olympic Strength & Conditioning department was a truly great experience and significantly impacted my career in many ways. The staff is dedicated and determined to help each intern learn and develop the skills necessary to be successful in the field. They provide a great example of what it takes to be a strength coach from passion and work ethic to knowledge and leadership. There are high standards set on the internship program that challenge you each and every day. The program entails all aspects of strength and conditioning beginning with coaching progressions, developing your coaching style, and becoming comfortable and confident on the floor. Along with this is the educational process where you research and discuss relevant principles and philosophies.  It is through this that you develop the practical knowledge between scientific reasoning and experienced based programming culminating in the development of a specific program.

Where I think this internship separates itself from others are the opportunities and resources available to you throughout the program. You receive hands on experience in order to enhance your learned skills of coaching and programming as well as preparing you for the next step in your career. The staff is invested in you and your future and helps you to develop your portfolio, interview skills and locating your next destination. By the end you have learned what it takes to be successful in this field by example and through experience and are truly prepared for your next step. I credit my internship with the University of Iowa for my professional development and for where I am at today. The staff continues to be a great resource for me, and my experience was truly invaluable.”


Michael Brasch: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Northern Illinois University

My internship with Coach Maxwell and the University of Iowa’s Olympic Strength & Conditioning staff was without a doubt the most valuable experience I have had thus far in my career. I was placed in leadership roles and situations that challenged me to adapt and develop into a confident coach and teacher while building relationships with the student-athletes and coaches. My passion, coaching style, and knowledge about the field grew tremendously throughout my time at the University of Iowa. In addition, I learned firsthand about sport performance technology, interpersonal skills, programming and training theory, resume building, networking and professional development. The relationships I built with not only the coaches, but my fellow interns still holds strong to this day.

Above all else, the coaches truly care about you as a person and treat you as an integral part of the Strength and Conditioning staff. They hold you to an exceptionally high standard and will go out of their way to help you achieve your goals. I would absolutely recommend this internship to anyone who is serious about their personal and professional development in Strength and Conditioning. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity to be a Hawkeye and everything that they have done and continue to do to help me take the next step in my career. I could not have asked for a better experience.