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 medicine balls, Swiss balls, bands, chains, boxes and belts.

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Dallas Charles - Director of Strength and Conditioning

A native of Alexandria, Minn., Dallas Charles takes over as director of strength and conditioning at Bemidji State in 2019-20 following four years at Northern Arizona University where he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

In two years as an assistant at NAU and two as graduate assistant, Charles was directly responsible for designing and implementing year-round strength and conditioning programs for the Lumberjacks’ women’s swimming and track and field teams, while assisting with all aspects of training, practice and travel for football and other programs. He also assisted with the development of the graduate assistant coaches and developed a professional internship program, including a complete manual and curriculum.

While at NAU, Charles contributed directly to Big Sky Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships (2017 and 2018) and an outdoor conference title (2017) as well as a 2018 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship.

Prior to his time in Flagstaff, Ariz., he was a student assistant with the strength and conditioning staff at fellow Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Minnesota State University Moorhead. At MSUM, he worked with a wide variety of sports teams including football, wrestling, soccer, golf, tennis and swimming and diving. Charles was also a strength and conditioning intern with North Dakota State University football from 2014 to 2015, where he was a part of two Missouri Valley titles and a pair of NCAA FCS national championships. He also spent a year at the University of Montana working with football, basketball, soccer, softball and the track and field sprinters/hurdlers.

Charles attended MSU Moorhead and graduated in 2016 with a degree in exercise science. He also completed his Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona in 2018. Charles is CSCS and CPR/AED certified.

PJ Piotrowski - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

PJ Piotrowski enters his second season at Bemidji State as the assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2019-20. 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.