Linsacum hired as Mesa State strength coach

A former Mesa State College student-athlete has returned to make the Mavericks better.

Dan Linsacum was hired as the school’s first director of strength and conditioning, Mesa State announced Thursday.

“Strength and conditioning plays a tremendous role in college athletics,” Mesa State Athletic Director Butch Miller said. “Dan will oversee strength and conditioning for all sports from nutrition, stretching, strength and conditioning. He’ll run out to practices and work on stretching and be in the weight room.

“He is high energy. I think he is what we need with the varsity sports we offer. He is here from dawn to dusk. He has a tremendous work ethic.”

Linsacum was one of 12 candidates for the position, Miller said.

“In today’s athletics, if an athlete is not training on a consistent basis, he won’t be able to be competitive on the highest level,” Linsacum said.

“That’s where athletics have gone. The top athletes are doing the extra work. That’s definitely giving them an edge.

“My two goals are to increase the performance potential for the athlete and decrease the potential for injury.”

After he graduated from Mesa State, he moved to Denver and worked for 24 Hour Fitness. He worked for 21/2 years with Forest Pharmaceuticals before getting his National Strength and Conditioning Association certification in April 2009.

Linsacum returned to the Grand Valley in February and started his own business, BEASTraining (Body, Efficiency Agility Strength Training).

He will work with more than 450 student-athletes in 17 intercollegiate sports at the college.

The Craig native was an All-Conference middle linebacker for Mesa State’s 2000 RMAC championship football team.


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