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Strength & Conditioning Staff
Head Coach Don Sommer
Associate Head Coach Matt Parker
Assistant Coach Stephen Gephardt
Assistant Coach Zach Dechant
Assistant Coach Missy Mitchell
Assistant Coach Todd Kensler
Graduate Assistant Coach Michael Wood

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Strength & Conditioning: The TCU Way

It's where success on the field of competition sees its beginning - in the weight room. TCU takes pride in providing its student-athletes with the finest strength and conditioning program in the country.

The TCU strength and conditioning department is staffed by six full-time coaches and graduate assistants whose sole purpose is to push Horned Frog student-athletes to become stronger, faster and more powerful while at the same time helping them to avoid injury.

Don Sommer - TCU Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - is responsible for the overall direction, design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for all Frog programs. In 2003, Sommer was one of 10 individuals to receive the prestigious certification of "Master of Strength & Conditioning Coach" at the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCAA) National Conference, bringing the total number of MSCC's in the world to 36 at the time of his certification.

Nationally-recognized and respected around the country, Sommer was named College Football's 2008 National Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year by after being nominated by his peers and being selected by a panel of former coaches and players. The TCU Head Strength & Conditioning Coach has developed a program that stresses competing, mindset development, injury prevention, strength and speed.

The TCU Strength & Conditioning staff has developed a plan to challenge student-athletes to perform beyond their limits, and by overcoming these challenges in the weight room, the Frogs have been able to put together championship performances on the playing field.

The field of strength and conditioning is extremely dynamic and always changing. The one constant in our profession is the student athletes. Our number one goal is to make each student-athlete stronger, faster and more powerful in whatever sport they choose to participate in. By doing these things, we help prevent injury.

The sport specific training regiments are preventative in nature. As strength and conditioning professionals, we are entrusted with the care and guidance of student athletes from across the country and mold them into elite world class athletes during their tenure at TCU.

Mission Statement
To provide a positive and energetic learning environment for student athletes and coaches. To train both body and mind, creating an interest and desire for strength and conditioning To assist every student athlete in achieving an optimum physical performance level, while preparing them for a lifetime of fitness.

Strength and Conditioning
Name Position Email Address
Don Sommer Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning
Matt Parker Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Zach Dechant Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Missy Mitchell Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Todd Kensler Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Stephen Gephardt Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Michael Wood Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Main Phone (817) 257-7978
Main Fax (817) 257-7987
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