Allen Hedrick, CSU-Pueblo's head strength
and conditioning coach, is entering his fourth year with the
CSU-Pueblo Department of Athletics.
Drawing from his immense wealth of
experience, Hedrick heads a program that is beyond reproach –
not only in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, but in all of
NCAA Division II.
Named the first ever Head Strength and
Conditioning Coach at CSU-Pueblo in 2009, Hedrick boasts a wealth
of experience that CSU-Pueblo student-athletes soak up like a
sponge. A former strength and conditioning coach at the
United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for three
years, Hedrick spent 12 years at the United States Air Force
Academy – three as an assistant strength and conditioning
coach before moving into the head strength coach role, a position
he held for nine years.
At the Air Force Academy, he was
personally responsible for the strength and conditioning programs
for football and volleyball while overseeing the entire strength
and conditioning program.
Most recently, Hedrick was at the National
Strength and Conditioning Association headquarters in Colorado
Springs, where he first served as the Head Strength and
Conditioning Coach, then into the education department as the NSCA
Education Coordinator until 2009.
During his career Hedrick has worked with
a variety of athletes, from elementary school age athletes to
athletes at the professional and Olympic level, including athletes
who have medaled in the Olympic games (Bonnie Blair, speed skating
and Matt Ghaffari, Greco-Roman Wrestling).
A frequent writer, Hedrick has been
published over 100 times in a variety of publications on a variety
of topics related to strength and conditioning and has published a
book on strength and conditioning for football along with numerous
DVD’s on a variety of topics related to strength and
conditioning. In addition, Hedrick has spoken at
numerous conferences and clinics, both nationally and
internationally, including Guatemala, Japan, Australia, and
In 2003 Hedrick was selected by his peers
as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s
Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
Hedrick, a graduate of Cal State-Chico in
1989 who earned his Master’s from Cal State-Fresno, is a
Certified Strength and Contioning Specialist of Distinction
(CSCS*D) a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (FNSCA) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning
Coach (RSCC). He and his wife Stephanie reside in Pueblo and
have two children, Lindsey and Brandon.
In addition to coaching Hedrick, also
competes in the sport of weightlifting and finished third at the
National Masters Weightlifting Championships in 2009.