I'd like to post an employment ad for myself. I recently completed graduate school at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (MS is Exercise Science) and I am pursuing a job as a strength and conditioning coach, a job at a university would be great, but not necessary, I just want to work with athletes and/or other highly motivated individuals.
I have always been told that it is "who you know, not what you know in this business", and this could not be more true. Many jobs that are posted on various websites are already actually filled or you can't get an interview unless you know someone that works there. Many jobs list extensive experience as a qualification, but an individual cannot get experience if they can't get a job! It's been very frustrating.
So I am looking for any leads on jobs in the field of strength and conditioning. My wife and I would love to stay in the upper Midwest, WI, MI, MN, IL, as we are from Wisconsin but I love my job and I am willing to travel.
As most in this field I have always been into athletics. I played high school sports (basketball, couple of early years of cross country). I was limited by being tall and very thin and a lack a quickness, but I'm coordinated. I always regretted not hitting our h.s. weight room and playing football.
Fell in love with training in college, but like most was mislead by the bodybuilding industry (Weider Mags). Since the end of my time as an undergraduate and my two years of grad school I have shifted to more intelligent training.
I am currently 6'2", 186#, about 8% bodyfat (have always been lean). I can Olympic clean 200#, high bar squat "hamstrings to calves" 280, Deadlift 305, and bench 215#. Solid progress for someone who was once 6'2" and as low as 135 lbs., and I am continually striving to improve.
As stated earlier I just completed my MS in Exercise Science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, I have my CSCS certification. I consider myself well read in the field, my two favorite texts are Science and Practice (by Zatsiorsky), and Supertraining (by Siff), and of course T-Mag. I have work experience in a University Exercise Physiology lab, 2 years in a PT clinic/gym as an undergrad and jobs working as a strength coach with high school and collegiate athletes in a variety of sports. I am open minded and I am continually learning. I would summarize my philosophy with the following:
"Any athletic effort could be compared to a solving a puzzle, and in training I want to give my clients/athletes all the pieces they need to solve that puzzle. Meaning that an athlete may need maximal strength, speed strength, strength speed, reactive ability, flexibility, etc. while someone seeking a better physique may need changes in exercises, set/rep schemes, tempos, dietary changes, etc. A good strength coach can properly identify these needs and sequentially apply means and methods to help the athlete reach their goals."
So that's me professionally. I've worked on assembly lines making car parts, in shipping departments, and gas stations to make the money to allow me to go to school and chase this dream. I love working with people, I just need a shot. I'm not looking to make a million dollars, I just want to do what I love. So if you have leads on any jobs I would really appreciate it. Internships are acceptable as well, and I understand they can be great experience, but I've done two and I can't afford to move and work full-time for FREE without the guarantee of a job. Reply to the thread, hit me with a PM.
La Crosse, WI