Athletics

In 2012, Long Beach State Strength and Conditioning moved into the Walter Pyramid, providing a better and more cohesive training experience with a move into a bigger and closer facility to the majority of the teams at Long Beach State. Overseeing the program are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Hiegel and assistant coaches Keegan Knoll and Laura Teel. At Long Beach State, athletes are exposed to techniques that will help build a character foundation necessary to succeed in life through hard work, pride, dedication, and a commitment to excellence.

Program Emphasis Includes:
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Mental Toughness
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition

All training movements are sport-specific to copy a student-athlete's performance during competition. Programs are specifically designed to promote injury prevention by prehabilitating the student-athlete and allowing them to match the demands of their sport.


Jamie Hiegel, M.ed., CSCS


Jamie Hiegel came to Long Beach State in 2009 as the head strength and conditioning coach. Hiegel's years of experience in the strength and conditioning profession has granted him with the knowledge and experience to be a part of the success of many amateur and professional athletes.

Before coming to the Beach Hiegel served as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Temple University for four years where he helped three teams win conference championships in men's basketball (2007-08, 2008-09) and women's basketball (2005-06).

Hiegel's well-rounded coaching experience in amateur and professional athletics also included stops with the Kansas City Royals Organization (2005), San Jose State University (2003-05), the Oakland Raiders (2003), and Stanford University (2001-02).

Hiegel completed his undergraduate work at San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance/Kinesiology with a Nutrition minor and completed his Master's of Education degree in Sport and Recreation Administration at Temple. Hiegel holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), United States Weightlifting (USAW) as a Level 1 Club Coach, and USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach.

Keegan Knoll, CSCS, CMP


Keegan Knoll has been at Long Beach State since 2013 when he began working with the baseball program. As an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Keegan currently works with several of Long Beach State's sports teams. His background in the strength and conditioning field has given him experience within multiple areas of sports performance.

Keegan received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Keegan's strength and conditioning career began while at Illinois, working with the men's and women's basketball programs (2008-2012). Following his time at Illinois, Keegan has had the opportunity to work with both college and professional athletes in a number of sports at both the Division 1 level as well as in the private training sector. His experience includes stints at the University of Illinois-Chicago (2013) and at Athletes' Performance - LA (2012, 2013). While at Athletes' Performance, Keegan gained experience working with the MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy as well as working with individual collegiate and professional athletes.

Keegan currently holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as a Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP) through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).

"The strength and conditioning program at Long Beach State goes beyond the training programs that are implemented in the weight room . Student athletes are challenged both mentally and physically on a daily basis. They are continually presented with challenges in an effort to promote growth both as a person and an athlete. We not only preach attitude, effort, and concentration within our arena, but with disciplines that are done on a DAILY basis to promote habit and to promote positive change that will help the student athlete well beyond athletics."

Laura Teel, CSCS


Laura Teel began working with Long Beach State in 2017 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach after spending five years training athletes and individuals in the private sector of the strength and conditioning industry. She is responsible for assisting with the player development programs for several of Long Beach State's 19 sports.

Teel received her bachelor's degree in 2008 from Chapman University, majoring in communication studies with a minor in public relations. She holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and United States Weightlifting (USAW) as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, in addition to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.

"The improved athletic performance our athletes develop through the athletics department at Long Beach State is only one part of the benefits of being an athlete at the Beach. The positive experiences they gain by going outside their comfort zone on a daily basis and being encouraged by their peers and coaches, translates into increased confidence and leadership, which transcends their sport and follows them after college. Being a part of that change for student athletes is the most satisfying part of coaching."


Strength Complex

In 2009, the Long Beach State Strength and Conditioning Program moved into the Walter Pyramid, providing a better and more cohesive training experience with a move into the larger and closer facility to the majority of the teams at Long Beach State.

 

 


Philosophy

The Strength and Conditioning Program at Long Beach State University adheres to a philosophy that runs parallel to Long Beach State University's Athletic Department mission statement by providing students with the opportunity to compete athletically in a balanced, competitive athletic program for both men and women. Student-Athletes are exposed to techniques that will help develop a character foundation necessary to succeed in life through Hard Work, Pride, Dedication, and A Commitment to Excellence.

Hard Work
Hard work is a consistent effort to push one's self outside their comfort zone on a daily basis. There is no easy way or quick fix. The mind and body are only strong if you truly challenge them.

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results."
~Michael Jordan

Pride
Pride is having the ability to recognize that you are part of something bigger than yourself. Holding one's self to the standard set by the University and sport program you represent, on and off the field.

"To me, one of the reasons we were so successful was that we respected and cared about the game and felt the same way about each other. Teammates always understood there was a greater purpose. That the opportunity to play was extremely special."
~Mia Hamm

Dedication
Dedication is the continuing effort to put one's self in a position to embrace challenge on a daily basis, not fight it.

"It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up."
~Vince Lombardi

Commitment to Excellence
A commitment to excellence is having a purpose and mindset that integrates the principles of hard work, pride, and dedication into every facet of life on and off the field.

"It isn't what you do, but how you do it."
~John Wooden


Nutrition Information For Student-Athletes

Athletic performance and recovery from training are enhanced by attention to nutrient intake. Optimal nutrition for health and performance includes the identification of both the quantity and quality of food and fluids needed to support regular training and peak performance. Also, a sound nutrition program can help to minimize the frequency of nagging injuries and can assist in more rapid recovery day to day and during rehabilitation. As training demands shift during the year, athletes need to adjust their caloric intake and macronutrient distribution while maintaining a high nutrient dense diet that supports their training and competition nutrient needs. Long Beach State has created a Nutrition Information packet to help assist its student athletes in making healthy, informed eating decisions. The various topics included are:

  • Recommended daily requirements for Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats
  • Dehydration
  • Before, During, and After-Workout Nutrition
  • The Importance of Sleep
  • The Benefits of Breakfast
  • Nutritional Supplementation
Click here to read more: Long Beach State Nutrition Packet

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