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Derek Van Blarcom

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Southeast Missouri State University Strength and Conditioning
Company/Organization website: http://www.gosoutheast.com/sports/2011/6/4/STRENGTH.aspx
Destination: Cape Girardeau/Missouri
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Assist in training all division I sport teams, including football Direct warm ups, cool downs, weight room groups, and speed training sessions Manage and maintain nutrition dining center Participate in Intern Education curriculum including readings, presentations, and practical Participate in staff training sessions Clean and maintain facility

I accomplished...
Getting to be the sole strength and conditioning coach and overseeing every aspect of the program for the Track Sprinters at SEMO.

I learned...
Learning how to how to develop relationships with sport coaches to help create a strength and conditioning program that they also buy in to.

Advice for others...
Ask as many questions as you can to help you learn more about the program, profession, and teams you work with. This helps show that you are bought into the program and allows you to create a both personal and professional relationship with the coaching staff you are working for.

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