Only Division III program with two full-time strength coaches
Kyle Johnson, CSCS
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
Charles Friday, CSCS
Assistant strength and conditioning coach
Charles Friday is in his third 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. Friday earned his Master's degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton State in 2013. 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.
Watson is in his fourth year as a strength and conditioning intern and is a member of the football and basketball teams. He leads men's golf.
Johnson says: "Nick brings a strong work ethic into the weight room. He always pushes others to be their best."
Richards is in his fourth year as a strength and conditioning intern and is a member of the football team. He leads cheer and dance.
Johnson says: "Mark is growing in his knowledge of exercise science and has been very helpful in working with this year's freshman class."
Ruiz is in her third year as a strength and conditioning intern and is a menber of the track & field team. She leads the women's golf program.
Johnson says: "Monica helps apply her knowledge of speed training to our coaching staff."
Kramer is in his third year as a strength and conditioning intern.. He leads the men's cross-country program.
Jonhson says: "Colin is a high energy coach and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the groups he works with."
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