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IGCT Episode #300: Erik Schwager “Listen To Understand”


Erik Schwager joined the Wolves as the Director of Strength, Conditioning and Sports Performance and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach in August 2015.

Accomplished in his field, Schwager brings with him extensive experience from the collegiate and professional level of athletics. Most recently he served as an assistant at Limestone College where he started the strength and conditioning program for football. At Limestone he also designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for men’s basketball, track and field, cheer and dance.

Before his time at Limestone he spent two years as the assistant strength & conditioning coach at the University of Hartford. At Hartford, Schwager was responsible for designing, implementing, supervising and scheduling strength and conditioning programs for baseball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field and golf. He also supervised intern and volunteer staff while maintaining a strong line of communication with both coaches and athletic trainers to develop rehabilitation programs that complement activities designed by the sports medicine staff.

In addition to dealing directly with equipment company representatives, he also assisted in equipment purchases which enhanced student-athletes’ athletic performances and spoke with recruits and their parents about the strength and conditioning program during recruiting trips. Prior to his time at Hartford, Schwager was the associate strength and conditioning coach at Hillsborough CC in Tampa, Fla. from February –June of 2011 and was the minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Batavia Muckdogs, the Single-A minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Additionally, he has worked with Princeton University football, the University of South Florida and Michigan State University at the internship or volunteer level. Both of the latter were with the football programs and Olympic sports. Schwager has also had numerous articles published, with the majority coming on One of his articles has also been published on, which is run by current Eastern Michigan Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ron McKeefery. Some of Schwager’s Articles Include: “The Fundamental Football Position” “Locked In or Checked Out? It’s Your Choice” “The Hemi vs. The Hybrid in Sport” Schwager earned a Master’s in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and holds a Bachelor’s in Recreation Management with a concentration in Fitness Management from Lock Haven University earned in 2009.


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.

  • How best to work with the a large amount of athletes with limited space and resources.

  • How best to communicate with disgruntled coaches.

  • How to make where you are at the big time.

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

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