Coaches

All of our trainers are CSCS certified and have completed (at the least) a bachelor's degree in a related field. Put simply, you won't find a more qualified team of strength and conditioning coaches in Nebraska.

 
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Cody Anthony

(Co-Founder, Sports Performance Coach) – Cody graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a BS in Exercise Science. While at Kearney, Cody played football for the Lopers, where he was the starting fullback, and three time Academic All-Conference. After graduating from UNK, Cody volunteered as a strength coach for UNK's athletic programs. After a summer at UNK, Cody moved to Lincoln to volunteer as a strength coach for the University of Nebraska's Men's Basketball team. Cody holds his CSCS through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, as well as his USAW-L1SP through USA Weightlifting. During Cody’s 5 years as a strength and conditioning coach he has worked with: Professional (NFL, MLB, MMA, and Boxing), College (football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and Track/Field), High School, and general population clientele of all ages and abilities. Cody specializes in Elite Football, Volleyball, Baseball, and Combat Sports. He is married to his wife Katie, and has 3 beautiful daughters (Skylar, Kenley, Kiya.)

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David Schwartz

(Co-Founder, Performance Coach) – David graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Exercise, nutrition, and health sciences. While at UNL, David worked for three years as an intern-assistant strength coach for the men’s basketball team. After graduation in 2014, David was hired as the Head Men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at Doane College for two seasons, and also interned with the Nebraska football team in the summer of 2015. David holds his CSCS through the NSCA, DNS level II, and has nine years of strength and conditioning experience. Coach Schwartz has trained Pro athletes, college, High school, junior high, and general population clients of all ages and ability levels in basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, hockey, track, soccer, golf, swimming, wrestling, tennis, running, and general fitness. He now runs the Kratos Youth Sports Performance program for junior high athletes, and specializes in Elite Basketball, football, Baseball, and Volleyball training.

 
 
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Tyler Sorensen

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Tyler earned a BS in nutrition, exercise, and health sciences at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Tyler has spent the last 9 years in the military and served two deployments to Afghanistan. Given his military background, Tyler has a passion for working with tactical athletes and first responders to help prepare them for the demands of the job.  As well as bringing his experiences learned from his career in the military, he enjoys working with youth (and people of all ages) to develop proper movement and lifting technique for injury prevention. He believes this creates a foundation, so athletes can perform at their best. Tyler is passionate in helping to cultivate a coaching experience specific to your goals and helping you to realize your potential.  Along with earning his CSCS, Tyler is an advocate for educating and empowering youth and adults alike with healthy eating choices and daily habits. He is also an avid reader, continuing his learning of new trends, studies, and issues in the strength and condition field.  Tyler is 35 and married to his wife Chelsea and has 2 children.  When not working and coaching, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, camping, backpacking, and traveling.

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Lucas Novotny

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Lucas graduated from Southern Illinois Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2010. During his time as an undergrad student Lucas became a certified personal trainer and gained 3 years of personal training experience while working at the campus recreation center. After graduating, Lucas became CSCS certified through the NSCA and worked as a Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois and also was a volunteer assistant strength coach at Saint Louis University for his final year of grad school. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2012, Lucas completed a professional internship at University of Nebraska and working primarily with baseball, volleyball, softball, and women’s gymnastics. Now in his 8th year as a full-time strength and conditioning coach, Lucas has worked with 11 teams in the collegiate setting with the last 5 years being at University of Nebraska. At Nebraska Lucas served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Huskers Baseball and Women’s Soccer teams and also assisted with Track and Field and Women’s Gymnastics. In his 5 years at Nebraska, Lucas trained 12 baseball athletes who were drafted by MLB organizations and a total of 17 players who went on to play in the minor leagues along with 2 NWSL soccer draftees and 4 players who went on to play professional soccer in the NWSL

 
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Desi Cooney

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Desi graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science in 2017 from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, where he is still currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science.

For over two years, Desi has been an interning strength coach with the Husker Strength and Conditioning Department, working with top athletes in every sport at the university at one time or another, including basketball, baseball, track
and field, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and golf.

Last season, Desi personally wrote and oversaw the strength-training program for the men’s tennis team. Desi is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) and USA Weightlifting certified sports performance coach, as well as being American Red Cross CPR/AED certified.

Desi is originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois but currently resides in Lincoln, NE. He is an active USAPL competitive powerlifter.

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Dalton Barnard

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Dalton graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with BS degrees in Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences as well as Dietetics. He is currently pursuing his MS in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition from UNL. During his undergraduate studies, Dalton began personal training and has worked with clients of all ages and abilities. Dalton also interned with Creighton’s Athletic Performance staff during the 2016- 2017 academic year and helped lead Platteview High School’s 2017 summer strength and conditioning program. He currently holds his CSCS through the NSCA, his USAW-L1SP through USA Weightlifting, and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. All-in- all, Dalton has worked with soccer, baseball/softball, basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, golf, and rowing athletes. A few of Dalton’s hobbies include spending time with his wife, Katie, and family, as well as playing soccer, golf, and snowboarding.

 
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Austin Shook

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Austin graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BS degree in Health and Fitness Studies and a minor in Business Administration. During his time at Wesleyan, Austin was a Defensive Tackle for the football team. After completing his senior season he continued to work with the football team. First as a strength and conditioning intern, and then as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Austin currently holds his CSCS through the NSCA. In his first year of coaching he has worked with a variety of different athletes and different sports from collegiate football, club soccer, high school volleyball, little league baseball, lacrosse, hockey, and many more. Austin is originally from Milford, Nebraska and currently has two younger brothers that attend the high school their that he will begin training for their sports. One of Austin's favorite hobbies is snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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Blake Fricke

(Strength & Conditioning Coach) – Blake graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with a focus on Exercise Science in 2018 from Chadron State College. He also holds an Associate of Arts from Dodge City Community College. 

While attending school in Dodge City, Kansas, Blake worked with the athletic training program - assisting primarily with football but had a hand in all sports. Blake prepared athletes for practice as well as helped them after practice with recovery.

During his senior year at Chadron State, Blake interned for the strength and conditioning program, working with multiple athletes in a handful of sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and softball. 

During the off season, Blake personally programmed for and oversaw the conditioning of injured football players. 

In the summer of 2018, Blake worked as an intern for the University of South Carolina football program. Blake helped with the conditioning and strength training of the football players. 

Blake is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), as well as being American Red Cross CPR/AED certified. 

Blake is originally from Giltner, Nebraska but currently resides in Lincoln, NE.

 
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Brady Greer

(Strength and Conditioning Coach) — Brady attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs and received an Associate’s Degree of Science with an emphasis in athletic training. While getting his associates degree, Brady played soccer for the men’s soccer team. Through the athletic training program he had the opportunity to work with a myriad of athletic teams in pre and post practice settings.

Brady transferred and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology with a minor in coaching. Since graduating and moving to Lincoln in 2014, Brady has worked in many different areas of sport and fitness ranging from golf, soccer, tennis, endurance sports, power lifting, group exercise, general population, and geriatric care. Brady is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, DNS Level II, and CPR/AED/First Aid certified.

Brady is originally from Harlan, Iowa and enjoys getting back to spend time with friends and family. Other hobbies of his include listening to and playing music, golf, sand volleyball, and DIY projects around the house.

Brooke Smith

(Personal Trainer)—Brooke is a former Husker Volleyball athlete and was a member of the 2015 National Championship team and 2016 B1G Championship team. She also received Lifter of the Year and B1G Sportmanship honors during her time at the university.

Brooke is currently in her last semester at UNL in pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics. This spring, she will begin a Graduate Degree Program in Nutrition and Physiology. She is extremely passionate about fitness & nutrition and excited to share her knowledge and experiences with clients.

Brooke is originally from Azle, Texas but is currently living in Lincoln and thrilled to work with individuals through personal training. She is also CPR/AED certified, and works as a Virtual Assistant at Eleat Nutrition.