Mike Linn returned to UCLA in 2007 for his second stint as UCLA's head athletic performance 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 two-year starter along the offensive line on the Bruin football team and a member of two Bruin bowl teams.
Linn is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength Coaches Association, as well as a Level One weightlifting coach. A national speaker in his field, he is also a published author in the field of human performance.
Linn rejoined 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.
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.
Linn 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 in 1999, 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.
Linn came to UCLA as a freshman recruit in 1987 after starring as an offensive lineman and track and field performer at Esperanza High School in Orange County, CA. He was named the No. 17 prep lineman in the country by one publication and earned Tacoma News Tribune and Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West team honors. Linn was also a school record-holder and All-CIF performer in the discus. The 1993 UCLA graduate was a member of two bowl teams and a starter in two seasons. The Bruins averaged 164 yards on the ground during Linn's starts at right guard, including one of UCLA's all-time best efforts of 358 yards versus Arizona in 1991.
He also was a starter for UCLA's stunning upset at No. 2-ranked Washington in the 1990 season. One of the top Bruins in the weight room as a player, Linn set a team-high in the three main lifts -- squat, bench, and clean -- of 1,366 pounds during his junior season. Following the conclusion of his playing days, he served as a undergraduate assistant coach during the 1992 season at UCLA.
Linn graduated from UCLA in 1993. He is married to the former Karen Nelson, a UCLA gymnast who was a two-time All-American on vault and the 1994 Pac-10 Vault champion. They have two children, Kylie and Ryker.
Bobby Andrade joined the UCLA staff as Assistant Athletic Performance Coach in January of 2013. Andrade works directly with the baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s tennis teams. During his first year at UCLA, the baseball team won its first national championship in school history.
A native of Bell Gardens, Calif., Andrade is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Saint Olaf College in 2007.
Erin Brocka joined UCLA in 2013 as an assistant athletic performance coach, working directly with women’s volleyball, women’s rowing , and men’s and women's golf. Prior to arriving at UCLA, Brocka interned at the University of Kentucky (Spring 2013) and Texas Christian University (Summer 2012). From 2011-12, Brocka was a graduate assistant at the University of Northern Iowa, working with women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
A native of Allison, Iowa, Brocka earned her bachelor’s degree in Movement and Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching. She earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning, at Northern Iowa.
Wes Long returned to UCLA in 2013 to serve as the men's basketball program's strength and conditioning coach. Long served as the strength and conditioning coach for the UCLA men's and women's basketball teams for four seasons (2007-11) and was the Director of Player Development/Strength and Conditioning at the University of Wyoming from 2011-13.
During his first four seasons at UCLA, the Bruin men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times. In his first season with the program (2007-08), UCLA earned its third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance after having won the Pac-10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Prior to his first stint at UCLA, Long spent four seasons at his alma mater, the University of Texas. During the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, Long served as the men's basketball assistant video coordinator. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate assistant for the strength and conditioning program from 2004-07.
Long is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in advertising in 2003 and his master's degree in kinesiology in 2005.
Long and his wife, Kristin, have two children - one son, Chasen, and one daughter, Brinley.
Eric Schmitt is responsible for the assessment, design and implementation of all aspects of the women's swimming and diving and men and women’s water polo athletic performance programs. He designs and implements all aspects of performance enhancement programming from in-season and off-season sport specific preparation, movement skills, plyometric, speed, agility, conditioning and injury prevention.
Before arriving at UCLA, Schmitt held a dual Graduate Associate position in Strength and Conditioning and Applied Nutrition at Springfield College. As a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, he worked primarily with the men’s lacrosse and soccer teams. He has completed various internships at Cal Poly, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (Boston, MA) and most recently with the San Jose Sharks Hockey Club.
Schmitt earned his Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. He obtained a Master’s of Science in Strength and Conditioning from Springfield College in 2013.
He has his NSCA certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is Functional Movement Systems levels 1 and 2 certified and also holds certifications with United States of America Weightlifting and Precision Nutrition.
David Wood was named Assistant Athletic Performance Coach at UCLA in September 2012. Wood is the UCLA's women’s basketball athletic performance coach and also previously worked with the men's and women's golf teams.
Wood is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Cal Poly in 2005 and added a Master's of Art, Education degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2009. Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Wood spent three and a half years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cal Poly, where he was in charge of 20 Division I intercollegiate teams. Wood previously worked at the University of Alabama, Birmingham as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant while working on his Master’s. While at UAB, his primary responsibilities were overseeing the strength and conditioning program for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. He also worked with the development and implementation of programs for football, softball, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
Wood, a Southern California native, spent a year with Velocity Sports Performance, training professional and collegiate athletes with a direct focus on baseball, soccer, football, volleyball and basketball. Wood also spent time as a volunteer intern at various universities, including UCLA and Cal Poly.