PORTLAND, Ore. - Acting Director of Athletics, Mark Pietrok, announced the hiring of Lewis & Clark College’s first ever full time strength & conditioning coach, Angela Dendas, who will begin in this position on Monday, July 1. The Pioneers become one of the first NCAA Division III institutions, and the first Northwest Conference school to add a full-time dedicated strength & conditioning coach to their staff.
"We are extremely excited to add Angela to the Pioneer family. The experience and expertise she brings will enhance the student-athlete experience and be critical to the ongoing success of our athletic programs,” said Pietrok. “We truly believe Angela will be an invaluable asset to our department."
Dendas comes to Lewis & Clark after serving as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Humboldt State for the last two years after earning her Master’s in Kinesiology: Exercise Science.
During her time at Humboldt, Dendas oversaw all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs for five of the Jacks 11 sports. She was responsible for the speed development, resistance training, plyometric training and conditioning for each of her assigned sports while assisting with the other intercollegiate teams. While with the Jacks, Dendas played an integral role in creating smooth transitions from the athletic training room back to the field of play with injured athletes in regards to their strength training modifications and reconditioning programs.
Dendas also worked as a lecturer for the Kinesiology Department at Humboldt State. With her background of strength and conditioning, Dendas was a good fit for the Department's Exercise Science capstone course where she taught the scientific and practical application principles of strength and conditioning. Outside of the classroom, Dendas organized fitness courses for students, faculty/staff and community members of all different fitness levels. She provided individualized training programs for each group so that they may better utilize the student recreation center.
With the addition of Dendas, the Pioneers will now have a dedicated individual serving as a resource and instructor to student-athletes and coaches in the realm of strength and conditioning. Dendas will help with injury prevention, rehab and proper training techniques for athletic success.
“To me, it is very rewarding to play an integral role in helping student-athletes, students, faculty, and staff members reach their highest physical and mental potentials,” said Dendas. “I plan to build a Pioneer Strength & Conditioning Program that prides itself on excellence, both on and off the field of play. I want to create an environment where everyone is welcomed. I want everyone to be able to train hard now, so they are harder to beat later!”
NCAA Division III legislation implemented for the 2011-2012 academic year now allows designated strength and conditioning coaches to both monitor and conduct voluntary training activities in and out of season during the academic year.
“My philosophy is to work cohesively with the athletic department staff, head sport coaches, and sports medicine staff in order to provide an environment that allows student-athletes to work towards developing and harnessing their full physical and mental potentials. The main objective of the strength and conditioning program is to work towards improving game-day performance and decreasing the risk of injury of all athletes,” said Dendas.