Jan. 22, 2008
UCLA announced today the hiring of Mike Linn as the head strength and conditioning coach. Linn, who has both collegiate and corporate experience, previously served as the Bruin head strength and conditioning coach from 1999-2002. The 1993 UCLA graduate was a three-year starter along the offensive line on the Bruin football team and a member of three Bruin bowl teams.
Linn rejoins the Bruin program after serving as the Vice President of Performance for Velocity Sports Performance since 2006. While at Velocity Sports Performance, he worked to develop training programs for its 63 franchise locations and over 20,000 athletes nationwide. In addition, Linn supervised the training and professional development for a network of over 700 coaches. Linn was also instrumental in launching several key initiatives with Velocity's national partners Gatorade, Nike and the National Strength and Conditioning Association during his tenure.
"The return of Mike Linn as head strength coach is another key to UCLA's future athletic success," said senior associate athletic director Glenn Toth. "In addition to being an accomplished coach, Mike also possesses outstanding administrative skills. He runs a tight, harmonious ship, is thorough, and is an excellent communicator. He'll command the respect of the athletes and coaches, and knows how to make weight training more fun and less of a chore. We expect great things from Mike."
From 2005-2006, Linn served as the Director of the Velocity Sports Performance franchise in St. Louis, MO. While at the St. Louis location, he collaborated on the training, injury prevention and rehabilitation of over 500 area athletes. He also directed professional athlete development programs for numerous NFL, MLB, NHL and MLS athletes.
Linn's collegiate experience includes a stint from 2002-2005 as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at St. Louis University. At SLU, he was responsible for all aspects of athletic performance for the over 350 student-athletes at the university that participated in 16 Division I sports.
Mike previously served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UCLA from 1999-2002. While managing all areas of the strength and conditioning department for over 700 student-athletes, Linn designed and administered weight training, conditioning, agility, plyometric and speed development programs for football and basketball.
Prior to becoming the head of the UCLA program, he worked with the Olympic sports teams as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1992-99. Five of his Bruin teams captured national championships during his tenure as an assistant (men's volleyball, men's water polo (2), men's soccer and women's softball). In addition, the women's basketball team won its first Pac-10 Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight.
Mike first came to UCLA as a freshman football recruit in 1987 after starring as an offensive lineman at Esperanza High School in Orange County, CA. He was also a school-record holder and All-CIF performer in the discus.
Mike is married to the former Karen Nelson, a UCLA gymnast who was a two-time All-American in the Vault and the 1994 Pac-10 Vault champion. They have two children, Kylie and Ryker.