Buena Vista Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray has announced the hiring of Lane Gries, who will begin his duties as head Strength and Conditioning Coach, beginning Monday, October 1.
Gries has been serving as an athletic performance graduate assistant at Baylor University since January of 2012, where he has assisted in the football programming and workout implementations, designed and led the acrobatics & tumbling and equestrian workouts, while also supervising the men’s and women’s track & field training sessions. He’s also been in charge of directing all aspects of facility management for all Sports Performance facilities.
“We are excited to have Lane Gries on board as our head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” says Abaray. “He brings a breadth of knowledge and training strategies that will greatly benefit our student-athletes and the larger campus community. We are looking forward to Lane putting his stamp on our strength and conditioning program and helping our BVU student-athletes push to their potential.”
Before his stint at Baylor, Lane served as an olympic-sport intern at the University of Iowa from August of 2011 until January of 2012. During that time, he supervised team workouts for the swimming, track & field, men’s basketball and baseball programs. He also led the men’s basketball advanced workout groups and also developed workouts for women’s rowing, men’s basketball and men’s/women’s swimming.
In addition to his role with the Hawkeyes, he also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fit2Live Gym in Iowa City from May of 2010 until leaving for Baylor.
“I’m truly excited about becoming a part of Buena Vista University,” Gries says. “I’m looking forward to stepping into a relatively new strength and conditioning program and being able to build and lead a strong foundation into the future.”
Gries received his B.A. degree in Health and Sports Studies-Health Promotion Emphasis from the University of Iowa in December of 2010.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be back in the state of Iowa,” he adds. “This is where I’ve wanted to end up all along. To be able to be back here and to run my own program is extremely exciting.”
Before beginning his undergraduate studies, Lane, a native of Onawa, Iowa, served multiple combat duties in Iraq as a Rifleman in the United States Marine corps from June of 2003 through June of 2007.
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