Minutemen have fun in competition that bridges weight room and field activities
Summer school for UMass means text books and playbooks.
The football strength coach will be honored on May 9 in Kansas City, Missouri
Along with strength events, there will be a Tug-Of-War competition and Slam Dunk Contest
Check out the sights and sounds as the Minutemen held their eighth practice of the Spring at Gillette Stadium's Dana-Farber Field House. Prior to the practice, UMass held a Youth Clinic with over 130 kids in attendance.
University of Massachusetts head football coach Charley Molnar announced in February 2013 the hiring of Mike Golden as the program's strength and conditioning coach. Golden has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience that includes stops at South Florida, East Carolina, South Carolina and UConn.
Golden comes to UMass after spending the last two years at South Florida with head coach Skip Holtz. There he supervised the football program's year-round weight training, speed, agility, and conditioning sessions. As the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Performance, he also oversaw the development of rehabilitation and performance enhancement programs for all of South Florida's sports.
Prior to South Florida, Golden helped Holts build East Carolina into one of the top football programs in Conference USA. The Pirates won back-to-back conference championships in 2008 and 2009 and went to five consecutive bowl games from 2006-2010. While in Greenville, Golden worked with first round draft pick Chris Jonson who turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Combine History. At ECU, Golden was often credited by Holtz for playing an integral role in turning around the program which had won just three games in 25 outings prior to 2005.
Before taking over ECU's top athletic performance position, Golden spent three years on the South Carolina staff beginning in March of 2002 as assistant strength coach, where he worked directly with the Gamecocks' tennis and women's golf teams, while also providing ancillary support for the football, volleyball and cheerleading programs. In 2004, he designed and implemented South Carolina football's summer strength, speed and conditioning program.
In March of 1998, after spending 20 months working with the strength and athletic programs at Bloomfield (Conn.) High School, Golden accepted a position as head football strength and conditioning coach under Holtz at the University of Connecticut, where he designed, implemented and supervised all weight training, agility and conditioning sessions. He also coordinated all strength and speed testing, and the Huskies' sideline management operation, playing a key role in UConn's first 10-win football campaign and an NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance in the fall of 1998.
Golden earned his first collegiate full-time position in 1996 and spent nearly two seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Central Connecticut State, where he played an integral role in the design and inventory purchases for the Blue Devils' new weight room facility. A 1992 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Golden earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. Upon graduation, he spent seven months as an intern at Harvard during the 1992-93 academic year, working as head strength coach for the institution's rugby squad, which advanced to the Final Four, while also working with the Crimson's football and ice hockey programs.
He gained additional experience as an assistant at the National Football League Scouting Combines in 1995, '96 and '97, and as a training camp intern for the Cleveland Browns in 1996.
Golden has also put together an extensive background of international competition, serving as an assistant coach for the five-time World Powerlifting Champion USA Men's Team at venues in Birmingham, England (1992); Jonkoping, Sweden (1993); Johannesburg, South Africa (1994); Pori, Finland (1995) and Salzburg, Austria (1996). He has also published articles in two international strength magazines - Powerlifting USA and Ironman Japan.
Golden is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), United States Weightlifting Federation (USWA) and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
Golden is married to the former Nicole Kitsos of Cheshire, Conn. The couple has four daughters (Natasha, Tatiana, Sophia, Anastasia) and a son (Magnus).
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