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IGCT Episode #239: Justin Roethlingshoefer & Devan McConnell - "Intent"


Justin Roethlingshoefer is the strength and performance coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. He supervises the club’s strength and conditioning program for all players. Justin has a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from Westfield State University and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Louisville and is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He founded The Hockey Summit, an all-inclusive training camp for professional hockey players utilizing the same techniques in this book.

Devan McConnell was named the Head Hockey Performance Coach in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight and development of all aspects of physical development for the Ice Hockey team, including strength, speed, and power development, energy system development, nutrition, recovery and regeneration, physiological monitoring, sport science, technology integration, as well as coordination of analytics, long term athletic development, and tactical periodization. In addition to this role, he is responsible for the physical development of the Field Hockey team. McConnell was named UMass Lowell's first Director of Sports Performance in September of 2011. The position was tasked with integrating a cutting edge sports performance program into the University's athletic department. At the time, UMass Lowell had never had a dedicated Performance Director or Sports Performance program. Under his direction, a comprehensive performance based model was introduced, focusing on movement quality, athletic development, and injury reduction strategies.

Prior to joining UMass Lowell, McConnell served as the Sports Performance Coordinator at Stanford University from 2008-11. He worked closely with the women's basketball team, along with men's and women's volleyball, all of which were regulars in the NCAA Tournament. During his tenure, Women’s basketball competed in 3 straight Final Fours, the Women’s volleyball team competed in two Final Fours, the men's volleyball program won the 2010 NCAA Championship. While at Stanford, McConnell also served as the Performance Education Coordinator, instructing the Cardinals' personnel, building a staff library and scheduling guest speakers. He continues in his role as educator, both as an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy at Lowell, and as an internationally recognized speaker on all topics of performance enhancement. Devan has also authored multiple articles on strength and conditioning for ice hockey. Before his appointment to Stanford, McConnell worked at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the leading sports performance facilities in the Northeast. He also spent time working with two NHL teams, the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.

McConnell is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also a Functional Movement Screen Specialist. In addition, he is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker on the topics of hockey, physiological monitoring and athlete development and is regarded as one of the foremost experts in the hockey performance field. McConnell received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Fitchburg State in 2008. While attending Fitchburg State, he was a standout hockey player, twice recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player and was in contention for All America honors. He also holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University. A native of Lake Stevens, Washington, McConnell resides in Lowell with his wife Erica, and their two children, Finnegan and Dublin.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Their new book "Intent" and motivations behind writing it.

  • Uniqueness of the use of technology in sport and training centers.

  • Implementation of a system.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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