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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #304: Michael Silbernagel “Baptized By Fire”


Michael Silbernagel has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Marauders since the department started in January 2011. He oversees three assistant coaches and the year-round strength and conditioning for the University of Mary athletic teams.

Silbernagel served as the Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Colorado State Rams from 2005-10 and was the Head Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football from 2006-2010. During his time at CSU, Silbernagel designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's golf, swimming and diving, and women's water polo teams and assisted in implementing strength and conditioning programs for football and men's basketball.

A graduate of Valley City State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Physical Education and Health, Silbernagel attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota. As a graduate assistant strength coach at UND, Silbernagel worked with the men's and women's track and field teams and the men's and women's swimming and diving teams and assisted with men's hockey, and football. He earned a master's degree in Kinesiology at North Dakota in 2005. Silbernagel possess several professional certifications. He is Strength and Conditioning Coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, a certified Strength and Conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Sports Performance Coach and Olympic Club Coach through USA Weightlifting and is level 2 FMS certified through the Functional Movement Systems.

In May of 2017 he was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, which is the highest honor in his profession. A competitive power lifter, Silbernagel is the 2010 USA Power Lifting 242-pound Raw National Champion. Silbernagel and his wife, Jenny, have sons named Hunter and Carter.


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.

  • Creating an athlete profile on a budget.

  • Training in concepts not absolutes.

  • Power of social media to build a brand and educate your athletes.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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