Mike Linn is in the third year of his second tenure as UCLA's head athletic performance coach. The Bruins continue to make great strides thanks to Linn's training methods and use of cutting-edge technology.
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.
In addition to working directly with football, he oversees all operations in UCLA's 15,000-square foot weight room. He is joined by a highly-accredited staff, including assistant coaches Craig Sowers, Ray Weisenbarger, Jon Fussell, Jill Robinson and Wes Long.
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 in February of 2007 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.
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 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 of the NCAA tournament.
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, Mike served as a undergraduate assistant coach during the 1992 season at UCLA.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor`s of Arts, UCLA, 1993; At UCLA: Third year of second tenure (joined staff in February, 2007) - 13th year overall; Born: November 7, 1969; Family: Linn 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.
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