Strength and Conditioning

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Beaver Strength and Conditioning staff is to improve athletic performance while reducing the risk of injury.

The Beaver strength and conditioning staff will accomplish this by implementing evidence based programming in a safe environment. The Beaver strength and conditioning program gives student athletes this opportunity by emphasizing sport specific programs focused on injury prevention, functional strength, speed, agility, power, endurance, mobility and recovery.

Beaver Hockey Weight Room

The Beaver Hockey Weight room is home to both Men’s and Women’s Hockey and has been since the Sanford Center was built in 2010.  Besides having a great view with floor to ceiling windows, this weight room also features four double-sided racks with four platforms, four Keiser Pneumatic Functional Trainers, eight sets of Powerblock dumbbells, ten Keiser Bikes, two treadmills, and an elliptical.  The weight room also features a 20-yard section of turf.  Other equipment used in training include kettlebells, bands, chains, med. balls, Swiss balls, boxes, USSR incline boxes, glute ham. racks, landmine anchors, TRX straps, ropes, SS Yoke Bars, Hex. Bars, and slider boards.

John Glas Weight Room

The John Glas Weight room is home for 12 of the 14 teams at BSU and sees over 700 athletes cumulatively per week.  Main features of the weight room are five racks, five platforms, four benches, and four glute-ham. racks.  Recent equipment upgrades include a brand new set of dumbbells from 5 lb. pairs up to 125 lb. pairs, four Legend Fitness Glute-Ham. Racks, five 350 lb. sets of Olympic bumper plates, bars, and plate racks, five SS Yoke Bars, five Hex. Bars, five TRX Straps, ropes, and a brand new stereo.  Other equipment used in training include med. balls, Swiss balls, bands, chains, boxes, and belts.

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Cory Anderson - Director of Strength and Conditioning

Cory Anderson begins his first year as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Beaver Sports in 2018. At BSU, Cory coordinates all aspects of the athletics department strength and conditioning operations including the direction of 12 Division I and II teams.

Cory is personally responsible for the programming and implementation of men's and women's hockey, football, baseball and softball programs. He served as BSU's assistant strength and conditioning coach and compliance assistant from 2016-18 before being named director in June 2018.

Prior to arriving in Bemidji, Cory was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. While at Midwestern State, Cory was in charge of implementing strength and speed programs for Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s and Women’s Tennis. Cory also assisted with Football and was in charge of Midwestern States internship program and also received his second M.Ed. in Sport Administration.

Prior to his time at Midwestern State, Cory was the Bloomington Kennedy High School’s first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. While at Bloomington Kennedy, Cory led the efforts for redesigning a new weight room for Kennedy’s student athletes. Cory graduated from the University of Minnesota with a M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology from 2013 to 2014 where he also interned with the Gophers Olympic Strength and Conditioning staff in the spring. Cory also brings experience from a summer internship with the North Dakota State University Bison after completing a summer internship with Bison Football in 2012. Cory Graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science where he also played Linebacker for the Gusties.

Cory has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2014.

PJ Piotrowski - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

PJ Piotrowski
enters his first season at Bemidji State as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He comes to BSU after interning with Boise State University with focus on the Olympic Sports Performance Teams.

PJ worked with men's and women's basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, and gymnastics while at Boise State from June 2018 until July 2018. Prior to interning at Boise State, PJ served as the assistant strength coach at Missouri Southern State University during the 2017-18 academic year. He implemented sports performance programs for baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field while assisting with the implementation of performances programs for football, men's basketball and volleyball.

Prior to joining MSSU, PJ interned at Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2016-17 academic year while finishing his bachelor's degree. He worked with a variety of teams including men's and women's hockey, football, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball with the Mavericks.

PJ graduated from Minnesota State in May 2017 with a degree in exercise science and a minor in sports medicine.