Minnesota Crookston Announces Hiring of Nick Stone as Fitness and Wellness Center Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning Coach – Crookston Times

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The University of Minnesota Crookston Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Nick Stone as the Fitness and Wellness Center Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning Coach. Stone is the first full-time strength and conditioning coach for Minnesota Crookston Athletic Programs. This is a pivotal position for the department as they look to increase their competitiveness on the field and help with injury prevention in conjunction with UMN Crookston’s sports medicine staff led by Steven Krouse. Stone is focused on competition, support, building a team mentality, focus on the intent behind everything, attention to process, providing a positive environment and not fearing failure. In addition to serving as a strength and conditioning coach for athletic programs, Stone will also oversee general student wellness and fitness programs for the Wellness Center.

“We are very pleased to add Nick to our Athletic Department staff at UMN Crookston,” said Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson. “The position of strength and conditioning coach is critical to the success of our student-athletes, and we are very pleased to have Nick take on this position full-time. is not afraid to put in the work and has extensive strength and conditioning experience since moving to Harding and Loras.We are excited to see the growth of our programs and increased focus on injury prevention.

Stone comes to Minnesota Crookston after serving as a graduate assistant at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Harding competes in NCAA Division II at the Great American Conference (GAC). Stone assisted in the design, implementation, and program strength and conditioning training for Harding’s women’s soccer, men’s golf, and baseball programs. He also helped with speed sessions. Stone also helped the Bison football team. He also led the Catapult GPS and Titan GPS programs along with the soccer program. Stone has experience in programming and implementing the Vitruvian VBT system. He programmed and implemented the return to play protocol for ACL soccer and also had experience in sports nutrition.

Previously, Stone interned at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he helped coach men’s soccer, baseball and men’s volleyball. He also participated in coaching sessions for the football team. Additionally, he spent three months in 2020 as an intern for TCBoost Sports Performance in Northbrook, Illinois. Stone also played two years of college baseball at Loras from 2017-19.

Stone is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Strength and Conditioning at Harding University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Loras College. Stone is originally from Wheeling, Illinois. He is also a competitive weightlifter and trainer. Stone is also USAW (USA Weightlifting) – Level 1 and FMS (Functional Movement Systems) – Level 1 certified.

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