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Clete McLeod | Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Clete McLeod was named head strength and conditioning coach at USD in early 2018. He joins the pack with nearly 20 years of experience in the field. He has spent the last two years working as associate head strength and conditioning coach for Nebraska Cornhusker football, and spent the previous five years as the head strength coach at his alma mater, Southern Illinois. He totaled five more years from Oregon State, Southeast Missouri State and Northern Illinois, and has been coaching high-level athletes since 2001.
McLeod has proven knowledge in the science and practice of power-athlete development and injury management, and a deep understanding of sports nutrition and recovery. He has coached in the Ohio Valley, Missouri Valley, MAC, Pac-12, and, most recently, the Big Ten Conferences. He has developed and implemented multi-year training programs for future NFL, NBA, MLB and Olympic athletes.
McLeod grew up in Assumption, Illinois, where we began working on his family’s farm at an early age. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school, and joined the Army upon graduation. He served three years as an Airborne Infantryman in Georgia before starting school at Southern Illinois. There, he earned bachelor’s degrees in exercise science as well as food & nutrition, and a master’s degree in physical education, studying exercise physiology.
McLeod is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist *Distinguished, a USA Weightlifting certified club coach, and USA Track & Field Level 1 coach.

Austin Stroeh | Assistant Strength & Conditioning (WSOC, VB, FB)

Austin Stroeh was named an assistant strength and conditioning coach on Aug. 3, 2016. Stroeh will work specifically with women’s soccer, swimming & diving and football.
Stroeh served as a graduate assistant in the Coyote strength and conditioning department during the 2015-16 school year. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology and sport science at USD. Stroeh also served as an intern in the strength and conditioning departments at Iowa State and South Dakota.

Brandon Ruemler | Graduate Assistant (GOLF, TEN, S&D)

Brandon Ruemler joined the Coyote strength and conditioning staff as a graduate assistant for the 2017-18 school year. Ruemler will work specifically with men’s and women’s golf, tennis and swimming and diving.
Ruemler, a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., was a four-year starter and three-year captain on the football team. He was recognized as an NAIA All-American during his career as a linebacker for the Tigers. In 2015, Ruemler completed his degree in Recreation & Sports Fitness with a minor in Exercise Science.
Ruemler brings with him extensive experience in the strength and conditioning field holding previous internships with Purdue Sports Performance, Olivet Nazarene University Football, Ball State University Strength & Conditioning, Northwestern University Football Strength & Conditioning, and most recently the University of South Carolina Football Strength & Conditioning. He holds certifications for SCC, USAW, American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED.
Outside of collegiate athletics, Ruemler was the head strength and conditioning coach and coordinator for Seeger High School. He served as both a coach and physical education teacher.