BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Tracy Dill announced that Michael Lewis has been hired to lead the BSU Strength and Conditioning program. The former graduate assistant coach returns to fill head coach position.
Lewis returns to BSU after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant in the Beaver Strength and Conditioning program. During his time at BSU, Lewis worked with all 15 of BSU’s varsity sport programs and helped with assessment and testing to monitor student-athletes’ progress, teaching correct weight training movements and techniques, motivating student-athletes to reach their potential and equipment maintenance.
Prior to joining the BSU staff in 2014, Lewis was an strength and conditioning intern at the University of Minnesota. During his internship, Lewis was responsible for the implementation of in-season and off-season strength and conditioning programs, while assisting in the evaluation of performance for student-athletes from 11 of the Golden Gopher’s NCAA Division I sport programs.
In addition, Lewis has significant experience in the private sector. In 2014, he assisted in the implementation of off-season training programs to reduce injury, enhance conditioning, improve strength and speed as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Velocity Training Center. He was also a Sport Performance Coach as 1st Athlete Training Center from 2011-2014 and worked as the sophomore football coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Minnetonka High School from 2010-2014.
Lewis is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been an active member of the organization since 2011. He is also a member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 2010. He is also certified in first aid and CPR.
A 2011 graduate of Minnesota with a degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in sport and exercise science, Lewis is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree form BSU in health and physical education.
Lewis replaces Gary Boros, who left the program after two years.
BSU also added Cory Anderson to the strength and conditioning staff as an assistant coach. Anderson, also a graduate of Minnesota (2014), comes to Bemidji State after two years at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).