Back for his sixth season with the UMD hockey program is strength and conditioning coach Blake Palmer, who, before his arrival in Duluth, had spent the previous three years working in that same capacity with the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Blackhawks. Palmer also oversees the strength and conditioning efforts for the Bulldog women's hockey team.
While in Waterloo (where he doubled for two seasons as the team’s equipment manager), the helped over 50 athletes realize their dream of playing NCAA I hockey and saw nine get selected in the National Hockey League draft. He also worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for the XL Sports Acceleration Program (where he had the opportunity to train current San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski). In addtion, his resume also includes a stint as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, he trained and coached with one of the world’s foremost international weightlifting minds -- former Chinese Olympic weightlifter Jianping Ma.
A native of Northwood, Iowa, who now lives in Superior, Wis., Palmer earned his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science (2006) and completed his course work for his Master’s degree in exercise physiology (2008) from UNI. He and his wife, Lyn, live in Superior, Wis.