PSU names director of strength training

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor

Matt Nelson may have been lining up against PSU while playing for Northwest Missouri State on the football field just a few years ago. But now, he’ll be assisting Pittsburg State’s athletes in the coming school year.
Pittsburg State has named Matt Nelson as the director of strength training and nutrition for the Gorillas.
The graduate from NWMSU is transitioning from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He served as the Cardinals’ head strength and conditioning coach last year. Before that, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) school Northwest Missouri State. He also served strength and conditioning internships at Texas Christian University and the University of Missouri during the past three years.
Nelson’s job will be to provide help and training in strength development, physical conditioning, injury rehabilitation and nutrition for PSU athletes. Nelson will also conduct and monitor strength and conditioning programs for all athletic teams and monitor and advise student athletes on proper nutrition in addition to provide oversight and management of the strength and conditioning facility.
“We are excited to have Matt Nelson join the Pitt State family as our director of strength and nutrition,” said Jim Johnson, athletic director on the PSU athletics page. “It became obvious in the search process that Matt’s previous experiences and talents are a perfect fit to help him come in and help our student athletes and our teams succeed.”
Nelson’s education includes a bachelor’s of science degree in corporate recreation and wellness in May 2009. He earned a master’s of science degree in applied health/sports sciences from NWMSU in May 2011. Nelson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
While he was at NWMSU, Nelson was a three-year starter for the Bearcats, playing from 2006-08. In addition to facing the Gorillas in the regular season each year, Nelson also faced PSU in the national play-offs in 2007 and 2008.
“In addition to being a young, energetic individual, Matt has a good level of knowledge in his specialty areas,” said PSU head football coach Tim Beck. “He connected very well with our athletes during his day on campus and his knowledge of the MIAA certainly is an added bonus as well.”

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