Strength & conditioning

  • Only Division III program with two full-time strength coaches
  • Strength and conditioning major
  • Strength/conditioning coaching internship program

Strength and conditioning staff

Kyle Johnson, CSCSKyle Johnson
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Kyle Johnson joined the Central staff in 2008 and was named head strength and conditioning coordinator in 2011.

He graduated with honors from Central in 2002 and earned a master’s degree in health and human performance from Iowa State University in 2004. Johnson worked as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Iowa State football squad and later was a personal trainer and fitness coach at Delta City Club in Nashville, Tenn. He then spent two years as assistant sports performance director at Velocity Sports Performance in Franklin, Tenn.

While at Central, Johnson was a member of the Dutch football squad, receiving academic all-Iowa Conference honors.

A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Johnson is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He’s an Elliott, Iowa native and graduate of Villisca High School.

Johnson served as a USA Weightlifting club coach and remains a competitive weightlifter as well, winning Olympic lifting titles in the 105-kilogram class at the Georgia Games, the Chattanooga Open and the Southeastern Regional meet in 2005 and the Emory Open in 2007. He also won titles at the Iowa Open five straight years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and placed 11th at the American Open in 2007. At nationals, Johnson was 12th in 2010 and finished eighth, posting a personal best, in 2011.

Phone: (641) 628-5440
Email: johnsonk@central.edu


Charles Friday, CSCS
Assistant strength and conditioning coach

Charles Friday is in his first year as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

A 2012 Central graduate, Friday served as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. In his time at Tarleton State, Friday was the strength coach for track and field, baseball and women's golf, while assisting with all other varsity sports. He was responsible for overseeing interns and assistant coaches, managing nutritional programs and budgeting. He also founded the Tarleton State Strength and Conditioning Professional Development Club.

Prior to his year as a graduate assistant, Friday served as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Southwest Minnesota State University in the summer of 2011. He also served as astudent strength and conditioning intern at Central from 2009-2012.

Friday has competed at numerous USA Powerlifting events, including two first-place finishes at the 2012 Minnesota State Open and 2011 Nebraska Powerlifting Championships. He was also a member of the Dutch baseball team from 2008-2010.

Friday is working towards his Master's degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton State.

Interns

Matt BarkerMatt Barker
Senior
Dallas Center-Grimes, Iowa


Barker is in his fourth year as a strength and conditioning intern, majoring in exercise science. He is the head intern this year, lead's men's and women's tennis programs and assists with other sports. Barker had the opportuniy to intern at Montana State last summer.

Johnson says: "Matt has grown tremendously over the past few years. He has developed a strong understanding in the science behind training and has helped move our program forward.."


Adam Schupp
Senior
Indianola, Iowa

Schupp is in his third year as a strength and conditioning intern, majoring in exercise science. He leads women's golf, dance and cheer programs and assists with all other sports. He had the opportunity to intern at Montana State last summer.

Johnson says: “Adam is a consistent and hard working coach with a very bright future in the profession.”

 

Samuel ArmstrongSamuel Armstrong
Senior
Montezuma, Iowa

Armstrong is in his third year as a strength and conditioning intern, majoring in exercise science. He leads men's golf and assists with football and women's basketball.

Johnson says: "Sam coaches with passion and enthusiasm . He is very hungry to learn and has developed a strong understanding of nutrition. Sam has a very bright future in coaching. He will be attending chiropractic school next year."

 

Thomas Rodamer
Senior
Wasilla, Alaska

Rodamer is in his second year as a strength and conditioning intern, majoring in strength and conditioning. He is a member of the baseball team. Rodamer leads the men's cross-country program and assists with football and softball. He was previously coached at DMACC by former intern Charlie Eastlund and came to Central to be part of the baseball team and major in strength and conditioning.

 

Brody Janssen Brody Janssen
Sophomore
Quincy, Ill.

Janssen is in his third year as a strength and conditioning intern, majoring in exercise science. He is also a member of the football team. He leads women's soccer and assists with baseball and wrestling.

Johnson says: “Brody coaches with the same enthusiasm he has when he is training as a member of the football team. He adds energy to every group he works with.”

 

Garrett Young
Junior
Muscatine, Iowa

Young is in his second year as a strength and condtioning intern, and also a member of the football team. He assists with women's basketball and softball.

Johnson says: "Garrett brings positive energy to his teams and works closely with the freshman."


Corey Eckels
Junior
Murray, Iowa

Eckels is in his second year as a strength and condtioning intern. He assists with wrestling, baseball, track & field and men's basketball.

Johnson says: "Corey's football career was cut short by injury and has taken his passion for training and has transferred his athletic experience into coaching."


Nick Watson
Sophomore
Janesville, Iowa

Watson is in his second year as a strength and conditioning intern and is a memeber of the football and basketball teams. He assists with the softball program.

Johnson says: "Nick brings a strong work ethic into the weight room. He always pushes other to be their best."


Mark Richards
Sophomore
Marengo, Iowa

Richards is in his second year as a strength and conditioning intern and is a member of the football team. He assists with the softball program.

Johnson says: "Mark is growing in his knowledge of exercise science and has been very helpful in working with this year's freshman class."

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