January 9, 2013

Matt Thome Hired as Strength and Conditioning Coach

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech Athletics has hired Matt Thome as the Huskies’ strength and conditioning coach. Thome will work with all 14 of the University’s varsity sports.

“This was a very difficult search,” said associate athletic director and men’s basketball coach Kevin Luke. “Strength and conditioning is a vital part of every one of our programs, and each one has a different need.

“We feel Matt’s experience and expertise in exercise science will help all of our programs. We are very happy to have him on board permanently.”

Thome spent the majority of the fall semester as Tech’s interim strength and conditioning coach after the departure of Kyle Bangen.

A 2008 graduate of Grand Valley State, Thome earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Indiana in 2011. The Milford, Mich., native was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond (Va.) in 2012 before moving to Houghton last August.

Thome is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a contributor to the Central Virginia Sports Performance website, cvasps.com, which is a resource for professionals in the field of strength and conditioning.

“I’m excited for this challenge in working with so many different sports and student-athletes,” said Thome. “It’s great to be back in my home state and have an opportunity like this.

“My goal is not only to help the athletes get stronger in the weight room, but also to make a difference in their performance in competition.”

Thome will be assisted by football defensive line coach Chuck Klingbeil and graduate assistants Phil Milbrath and Allison Regal.