HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University President Dr. B. James Dawson and Athletic Director Roger Vannoy have announced the hiring of the first-ever strength and conditioning coach in school history, naming Stephen Linzmeier to that position effectively on Aug. 1.
“LMU Athletics is very excited to welcome Stephen Linzmeier as the University’s first Strength and Conditioning Coach,” Vannoy said. “His professional training and experience will prove invaluable in preparing our student-athletes to be the best they can be. I personally look forward to his expertise with organizing, operating and continuing to improve our training facilities.”
Linzmeier brings a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience to Lincoln Memorial, most recently serving as the assistant strength coach at the University of Indianapolis. While holding that post with the Greyhounds, Linzmeier worked with 10 of the program’s 19 varsity sports, formulating individualized exercise programs to develop all of the aspects of fitness: aerobic, endurance, strength, speed, flexibility and power.
Prior to Linzmeier’s two-year tenure in Indy, he held a similar position at Butler University. With the Bulldogs, Linzmeier designed strength and conditioning regimes for 13 Division I athletic programs including women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s soccer. He also assisted with Butler’s men’s basketball program, which was the 2011 NCAA National Championship runner-up.
Linzmeier became the full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach at Butler in January 2011 after beginning his stead in Indianapolis, Ind. as an intern with the Bulldogs in 2010. He was elevated to a part-time paid position after only four months on the job, waiting just five more months before taking over the assistant spot.
From February to May of 2010, Linzmeier was the co-head baseball strength coach at Viterbo University. In that regard, he oversaw and administered nearly every aspect of the team’s strength training program.
Linzmeier is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) while also holding a USA Weightlifting Level 1 certification. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in fitness and strength and conditioning and coaching concentrations.
While a student at UW-La Crosse, Linzmeier collected experience working in the on-campus strength centers, assisting in the day-to-day training of many of the Eagles’ 17 varsity sports.
Linzmeier will begin his duties as the head strength and conditioning coach at Lincoln Memorial University immediately.